Thursday, September 16, 2010

BBAW: Forgotten Treasure

Today, the BBAW topic is Forgotten Treasure --
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!
What an opportunity!  What book do I think you should read as soon as humanly possible?  Hmm ... I have no idea!  Honestly, I really don't like recommending books to people I don't know well.  Is there really a book out there that everyone should read?  One that everyone would enjoy?  I think it's highly unlikely.  So, let me pass on a few of my favorites that seem to get overlooked but please don't come back to me and tell me that you didn't, in fact, love one of them.  It will just make me sad.  (Just kidding ... kind of ...)

A bunch of people are reading Bleak House right now and I'm so glad!  It's a wonderful book.  And Great Expectations is always mentioned as a favorite by Dickens readers.  But have you read David Copperfield?  It's one I re-read every few years and I love it.  It has the best and worst of Dickens' characters and a hero you can really sympathize with.

Everyone who reads my blog knows I'm one of the biggest Jasper Fforde evangelists around.  The Eyre Affair is one that has a million tiny references and I hope to catch them all some day.  The Nursery Crimes books are funny and smart and gritty.  But did you miss Fforde's new release early this year -- Shades of Grey?  It was different and awesome and paid off for those who stuck with it.

Finally, I feel we're never too old for children's books and I can't get enough of these classic but lesser-known tales of magic and wonder -- The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories and The Children of Green Knowe.

Hoping I've been helpful,


  1. I have always heard such nice things about David Copperfield. I swear I am going to bite the bullet and read it soon.

  2. I'm a huge fan of Jasper Fforde's too and preach about it to everyone who will listen! I haven't read Shades of Grey yet but it's sitting on my TBR waiting for me. And I love Dickens too.

  3. I loved david copperfield when I read it like a lot dickens I read he caught the time so well ,still not to sure on fforde have the eyre affair somewhere and never got round to reading it ,must try it ,all the best stu

  4. I checked Shades of Grey out of the library earlier this year but returned it unread! Hopefully I do read it in the future.

  5. I have only read one book by Jasper Fforde, but would love to read all his novels. Someday. Sigh.

  6. Jenny - I hope you do! I'm thinking about re-reading it this winter.

    Chasingbawa - I hope you get to Shades of Grey this year. It's a good one!

    Winstonsdad - Fforde isn't for everyone but those who love him can't get enough!

    Lola - I hope so too. :)

    S. Krishna - They're all fun so I hope you get to more of them!

  7. Well, you're the one who is getting me to try Jasper Fforde later this year so you're doing a great job!