By: Chloe Kizer
So we have a love (and minor obsession with) all things Vlogbrothers over here at Freebooksy. John Green’s most recent video was 18 Great Books that You Probably Haven’t Read. Not only do we love his recommendations, but we love the idea of promoting little known books. So, without further adieu here is our list of 10 awesome books that you probably haven’t heard of but should totally read.
Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace:
You may have heard of Big Fish, or seen the movie, but Daniel Wallace is a phenomenal author of literary fiction and you should read his books, especially his newest: Kings and Queens of Roam. It also doesn’t hurt that he is from our home town and a professor at the University that Taylor and I attended.
Phone Kitten by Marika Christian:
Oh man. We love this book. LOVE IT. If you want to stay up all night turning the pages and howling with laughter, then this should totally be your next book.
Devices and Desires by K. J. Parker:
This is the most engaging fantasy series that I have picked up in a very long time. The main theme is love and the crazy, whacky things that it makes us do. But not in a romance way, more like in a tragic medieval epic kind of way, which makes for a wonderful work of indulgent fiction.
Insignia by S. J. Kincaid:
All other YA Sci Fi books try to be this good.... and might come close. The gaming motifs and tech-y universe will suck you in and refuse to let go.
Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Ben Constable:
This book will wrap your mind into knots. Contemporary Magical Realism at some of its best, this novel will take you from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Dark Underground of Paris all while weaving the cryptic and tragic tale of a woman with too much pain to bear.
Hanging Flynn (A Tale of the Fairypocalypse) by Addison Lane:
Another fantasy, Hanging Flynn is a story that mixes apocalyptic dystopian with myth, legend, and folklore in a way that keeps the reader flipping the pages. I read it in 2 days, talk about a page turner.
Love in the Falls by Rachel Hanna:
This book is totally our guilty pleasure. This sweet love story is kind of like watching The Notebook, you gotta do it every once and a while for the feels. PS: It's the perfect beach read.
Hild by Nicola Griffith:
Avid readers of historical fiction cannot let this phenomenal read pass them by. Tudor England? Been there done that: Hild takes the reader all the way back to the early Middle Ages, to the time when a multitude of individual small kingdoms were fighting, intermarrying, and caught up in dizzying knots of honor and intrigue after the withdrawal of the Romans from the British Isles.
Marry Me Maddie by Rita Herron
This book reminds us of There is Something About Mary (without the "hair gel"). It will consume you with side splitting laughter and make you wish that your own proposal had been this hilarious!
Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice:
Fans of Project Runway and The Devil Wears Prada will lost in the mystery that is Dead is the New Black. If you've always dreamed of working in the fashion industry and love mystery novels, then this is the book for you.
Oh, and here is the Vlogbrothers video, because it's a great list of reads from a multitude of genres.