Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book Blogger Apprecation Week: Forgotten Treasures

You all know that I love books. I love the way they look on a shelf, I love a gorgeous cover, but perhaps most of all, I love to rant, rave and fangirl about books I love, shortly followed by pushing them on other people. However, not having anyone to share this enthusiasm with can be kind of boring. Thankfully, this post is all about books that don't quite get the love they deserve. I must admit that "Forgotten Treasures" is a particularly appropriate title, because in some cases, I don't remember exactly what I loved about these books, except for that I loved them.

Sure we’ve all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it’s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction. This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book!

I Am Really A Princess by Carol Diggory Shields
Illustrated by Paul Miesel
That's right, I am 22 years old and I still enjoy picture books. The other weekend I sat down in a bookstore and read Fancy Nancy. I find them often adorable, with great storylines and fantastic pictures.
With that rant aside, this is one of my all time favorite picture books. I would have loved to have the narrator's idea of an idyllic life, yet the book still concludes with a heartwarming message. I also love Paul Miesel as an illustrator, but more on that later.

what my mother doesn't know by Sonya Sones
This was my first ever YA novel in verse. I read this at some point in middle school and loved it because at the time, I'd never read anything in that style and it seemed so original. I do remembering finding Sones's writing and narrative voice particularly hilarious. I don't have my own copy of this, so I must remedy that.

Things I Have To Tell You by Betsy Franco
I actually reviewed this one a while back, and I feel that I failed to do it justice. A lot of of people would probably describe this as "raw, gritty and emotional." I won't say that because I think those particulars words in that exact combination are ridiculously cliched and overused. I will say however, that I think that these poems and writings are realistic, honest and very well thought out. Plus, the photography in this book is beautiful.

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
My memory of this book is rather foggy, but I do remember this: it's a fairy tale retelling but the plot of the story also ties in with the Holocaust. I loved this book because it was original and well written. I read the whole thing on a two day car ride home from a vacation in Maine, clutching a copy I borrowed from my cousin. The first full day I was home from vacation I went to my independent bookstore and had them order a copy of this for me. I am definitely due for a re-reading.


  1. I read Briar Rose! WAY BACK WHEN! I don't remember much about it either, except that I quite enjoyed it.

    Also, I want to read Sonja Sones now!

  2. It's been years since I've read Briar Rose, but I do know that it's still my favorite Yolen book. :)

  3. Thanks for the kind words, Liz!
    Sonya Sones

  4. Oh, I did not know that Briar Rose tied in to the Holocaust. It was already on my list but you just bumped it up!



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