The title of this post should say Five Books in 2016 That I Loved That Didn’t Get Enough Love, but that was a bit wordy and hey, it’s my blog so it’s understood I mostly write about books I love. Right? Anyway, I don’t make a point out of reading obscure authors, but I do enjoy reading out of the mainstream. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. These are five books I thought were incredibly well-done, but which didn’t show up in lists or other bloggers’ reviews.
Technically, these two books could have been on my Top Ten list, because I gave them both 4.5 stars but I wanted to set them apart—mostly for the reasons above. They’re also about as different from each other as two books could be. The Stargazer’s Sister is set in 1700s Germany and is based on the true story of Caroline Herschel, sister of the famous astronomer, William Herschel. It’s a novel of one woman’s transcendence beyond her place in life. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things takes place in modern day America, with a young heroine named Wavy, whose father is a meth dealer and her mother a junkie. The only person who cares about her at all is one of her father’s enforcers. The novel goes into squeamish territory, but is ultimately about the power of real love.
Three novels on three very different subjects. The Golden Age is set in 1950s Australia and the polio epidemic leaves a teenage European Jewish boy and an Australian girl recuperating in a rest home for children recovering from the disease. Author London covers a wide range of themes in this small book; all of them touching. The Mother is a contemporary novel about all too real problem today: violence amongst black teens. After her son’s murder one mother is left trying to navigate the justice system and cope with her grief. This is a powerful read-in-one-sitting novel. A really quirky teenager with a fascination for fire tries to navigate life when her support system falls apart. How to Set a Fire and Why is one of those novels that worked on every level for me.
What were the neglected book you loved this year?