12 Books I Love But Don’t Talk About Nearly Enough

Hello my friends! ~

Recently, I was trying to think of some different blog post ideas, but it seemed like every time I came up with something, I’d realize I would just keep talking about the same books over and over. So then my mind went to this: a post about books I love, but don’t talk about enough. There are plenty of them, but today I’ll just be sharing 12.

Some of these books I read a while ago (way before I started my blog) so I never had the chance to talk about them on here yet. Some are particular books in a series I liked better than the others. Others I feel just deserve more hype. But they’re all books I’d like to spend time giving some attention to.

Here are those books I love that I think deserve more of my praise:


Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Villains #1)

I feel like all my hype for Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy tends to overshadow my love for Vicious! But this book is absolutely genius. The very strange and lovable found family made up Victor, Mitch, Sydney, and Dol is all kinds of wonderful. The whole concept of this series is super interesting and it gives me lots of X-Men vibes. I definitely need to give more love to this one.
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Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

I read this quite a few years ago (like, probably 4 or 5, at least) so I remember very little of it, but I do remember loving it a lot. It was so, so good. I still have to read the last book in the series, but I’d have to revisit the first two beforehand (which I sort of want to do anyway). I think this series is much too underrated and I tend to forget about it because of that. So here’s some praise for it now!
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Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

The Lunar Chronicles will forever be one of my favorite series and that’s mostly due to this book in particular. I enjoyed all the retellings in this series, but a Rapunzel inspired story? A Rapunzel inspired story with sci-fi and fantasy elements? That was everything. I can’t even imagine the amount of times I watched Tangled after reading this.86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid2738A942-9A67-44E5-8340-24E5CE3CC5F8

This one I have a bit of an excuse for not talking about more because I only just read it a couple months ago, but I still haven’t had the chance to mention how much I adored this. I was a little wary going in to it because of how highly regarded it is in the bookish community but it truly lived up to all the hype and more. This entire story was incredible and Evelyn is easily one of my favorite characters I’ve read about. What an actual icon.

86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3Champion by Marie Lu (Legend #3)

Look, the end made me… very upset… but this book was so good. I remember I wasn’t really in to this series until around book 2, but Champion was what made me fall in love with it as a whole. I was super, super invested in this one. Knowing Marie Lu is continuing the series with Rebel (which is out this! year!) has me so excited.

86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (The Montague Siblings #2)

My love for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue knows no limits, but I have to make sure I rave about the masterpiece that is the sequel as well. Lady’s Guide features one of my actual favorite characters ever, Felicity Montague, along with a whole iconic girl gang. This entire book is basically intelligent women going on an adventure while defeating misogyny, so it’s basically everything I ever wanted and more. So much love!!

86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy #2)

Since I liked the Six of Crows duology a lot more, I tend to look back on the Grisha Trilogy in a more negative light. But, ya know, I should stop grouping all the trilogy books together because I genuinely loved Siege and Storm. And not just because of Nikolai (although that is a huge reason, certainly) but because I actually thought the plot, the writing, and the character development were well done. And also, the addition Nikolai didn’t hurt.

86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

If there’s one book I probably mention too much on my blog (and just, in general) it’s Carry On, the companion book to Fangirl. I really don’t need to talk about how much I love that book again, but I do want to take a moment to give all my love to Fangirl. I just… hold this book so close to my heart. It made such a significant impact on me when I first read it because it made me feel so seen. It’s also the cutest story. I love love love it.86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamilloF46D5016-FE70-4014-9635-6F09E0B16EC5

This was arguably my all time favorite book as a kid (pre Percy Jackson or Harry Potter) and I honestly still can’t get over how good it is. I remember my third grade teacher reading this to us in class and I was so intrigued. Looking back on this story gives me all the nostalgia. And the movie is so precious as well. I’m going to have to do a reread and a rewatch of those soon.

86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #3)

You know those books you read and loved a long time ago, but you’re not entirely sure you would feel the same if you read it now? That’s basically my thoughts about the original Shatter Me trilogy. I read it years ago and it was a favorite back then, although I don’t know if I can say the same now. But I have to stand by Ignite Me because I know this conclusion was excellent. At least I hope it was and I’m not just remembering it like that? Either way, a solid book. Definitely my favorite of the series thus far.

86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I never would’ve picked this up if not for my Creative Writing class in high school and wow am I so grateful I did. I didn’t even have high expectations going in to this, but it turned out to be such a captivating and powerful story. This book is one of the main reasons I want to read The Book Thief, which is the same author! Still can’t believe I haven’t read that one.

86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Time Quintet #1)

Besides a few Magic Tree House books, this was my first real introduction to fantasy, and therefore, I cherish it dearly. Reading this will always be one of my most memorable and important experiences since it’s what set the standard for the genre I love the most to this day. Even before Harry Potter did! Also, I remember when I was reading this I got so invested in it that I refused to do anything else and my mom had to take it away from me for a little while. It’s safe to say I loved it a lot.


I’d love to know

Which books do you love but feel like you should give more hype to? Have you read any on my list? What’d you think of them?

28 thoughts on “12 Books I Love But Don’t Talk About Nearly Enough

    1. So far I’ve only read Legend but I am super excited to check out Marie Lu’s other work! She seems worthy of the title of queen haha. Evelyn Hugo is outstanding!! It definitely lived up to the hype for me. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to pick it up 🙂

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    1. Cress is incredible, right?? Love that book so much! And ooh thank you for recommending The Book Thief. I’ve been meaning to read it for so long and it’s reallygood to hear some praise for it! I’ll have to see if I can pick it up sometime soon 🙂

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  1. This is such a great list!❤️

    Aww, I remember loving The Tale of Despereaux when I was younger- for some reason I have a vivid memory of checking it out from my elementary school library and then staying up “late” reading it. XD I also was such a huge fan of A Wrinkle in Time! “It was a dark and stormy night” is honestly one of the most iconic opening lines ever!

    Aah, I Am the Messenger is SO GOOD. I read it after I read The Book Thief, since that’s how I discovered Markus Zusak, and it was so good and deserves way more love. I also want to read Zusak’s newest novel- it looks really good too!

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    1. Thank you my friend! 💞

      The Tale of Despereaux was SO good, right? I love your story of staying up “late” to read it haha, that’s super cute! And AH YES “it was a dark and stormy night” is so iconic! A Wrinkle in Time is just so amazing.

      I totally agree that I Am the Messenger deserves more love! I still have to read The Book Thief and his other book as well, but I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy them because I can tell he’s such a great author. Hope you love the new one whenever you get around to it! And thanks for your comment Olivia😊

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  2. OH, the books on this list that I know are some of my favourites!

    Fangirl is absolutely a top pick for me – Rainbow Rowell’s characters are just EVERYTHING. I love The Tale of Despereaux and A Wrinkle In Time! And I’m so excited that you adore I Am The Messenger. A few people I’ve spoken to about it didn’t like it because his tone is SO different from The Book Thief, which is the book of Zusak’s that I think most people started with. But I really love how different the tones of the two books are – I think it showcases just how brilliant of an author he is! Bridge of Clay is also fantastic – but you should DEFINITELY read The Book Thief 😀

    I’ve had Vicious and Evelyn Hugo recommended to me so many times that if I don’t read them soon, I might burst! I also am super keen to check out Cress now – it sounds amazing ^_^

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    1. Yay, I’m so happy you see some favorites here!!

      I totally agree that Rainbow Rowell’s characters are everything! She does such an excellent job writing them. I’m glad to hear you love The Tale of Despereaux and A Wrinkle in Time as well. Both are so, so good! And oh that’s really interesting to know that The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger have such different tones! That honestly makes me even more intrigued to read TBT. I can’t wait!

      Vicious and Evelyn Hugo are both absolutely AMAZING. I hope you end up loving those whenever you get the chance to read them. 🙂 and thanks so much for your lovely comment Hannah!

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  3. I literally only just heard of Angelfall the other day and added it to my goodreads TBR because I feel like I missed out on that genre so I am glad to hear you enjoyed!! I definitely want to read it now!!
    And I love Cress– it is my favourite in the lunar chronicles. I love Cress so much– she is relatable and sweet. Also the romance is great. Even though it is a big book, I read it really fast!!
    I enjoyed Siege and Storm and Nikolai definitely helped with that, haha!!
    I really wanted to read I am messenger as after I read the book thief as I wanted to try more of Zusak’s writing out!!
    Great post ❤

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    1. Oh I’m so happy to hear you added Angelfall to your TBR!! It’s such a great book that unfortunately lost a lot of popularity over the years. I hope you end up enjoying it!
      Yaaay, someone else who’s favorite is Cress! It’s so good. And right?? Cress is such a lovely character.
      Agreed, Nikolai was a major reason I enjoyed Siege and Storm so much!!
      I’d definitely recommend I Am the Messenger. It’s wonderful!
      Thank you very much!! ☺️

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  4. What a great idea for a blog post! I often feel like I end up mentioning the same books again and again as well. That’s why, particularly with tag, I try really hard to rack my brains and think of older or more obscure titles (I’m not always successful though)!

    Interesting to hear that A Wrinkle in Time meant so much to you. I watched the movie last month and really wasn’t a fan – it didn’t seem to hit the mark in appealing to the slightly younger or older audience. It really made me wonder how it would compare to the book!

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    1. Thanks so much Becky! That’s so kind of you to say. I totally do the same thing as you and try to think of older books I read years ago to include in posts. It can definitely be hard though haha!

      Yes, I loved the A Wrinkle in Time book so much! I was super excited to see the movie but then I decided not to go since I heard such negative things about it. Even though I haven’t seen it, I can say that the book is much better haha! Thank you very much for your comment 🙂

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  5. I!! LOVE!! HOW! SIMILAR!! OUR!! TASTES!! OUR!!!!!! Ahhhh Seeing books on this list made me realize how I also don’t shout enough about them (except Evelyn Hugo because I just wrote a review on that LOL) I really enjoyed Cress in The Lunar Chronicles series, and I loved how it was a different take on a classic story. That book specifically was just filled with so much action and ALL THE SHIPS ❤ I still need to read Siege and Storm after finishing Shadow & Bone. I'm currently rereading the Legend trilogy, and I am already NOT PREPARED to be so heartbroken by Champion!! I'm so so glad that you're shouting out these books now 🙂

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    1. AHHH I LOVE OUR SIMILAR TASTES TOO ❤️❤️❤️ Right?? I totally felt like I hadn’t been yelling enough about certain books I loved either. Especially Evelyn Hugo which deserves ALL the hype (and again, your review was so so so amazing💚) Ooh yay, I’m happy you enjoyed Cress so much as well! Ugh that series does have the BEST SHIPS. I hope you like Siege and Storm if you decide to pick it up! And AHH you’re rereading Legend?? I should do that before Rebel comes out. I wish you all the luck with the end of Champion😭😭 That one hurt a lot. Aww me too, I’m glad I finally gave these books some love! Thanks for your comment Tiff!

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      1. Yes! It didn’t feel like it was fully resolved (although it might make some shippers happy) but this is just my opinion. I feel like since I’ve been reading more adult fiction and classics, I’m starting to feel really unsatisfied with what I’ve been reading in YA these days. Sometimes there’s something really specific I’m looking for in YA so it often doesn’t satisfy me. 😬

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  6. This is such a great list, Brianna! I LOVE Cress so, so very much, it’s my favorite book of the entire series ❤ and I can't wait to read Evelyn Hugo, everyone loves this book so, so much and I can't wait to discover it ❤ ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Marie!! Ahh YES I’m happy to hear Cress is also your fave in the series💞 it’s so good! And oh I cannot wait to hear what you think of Evelyn Hugo. I have a feeling you’re going to love it! Happy reading!

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