Here's the deal, and don't get me wrong, I really love any and all book recommendations. I'm just wondering about those books out there we've read before and loved, those older books that seem to feel timely again, and those books that have had a quieter round of advertising. I'm picturing someone trolling through the shelves of a really great library (maybe even their own), and finding a great book they want to share.
If I went trolling through my own library, here are a few reads that I think are fantastic, and I would smile if I saw them pop back up in book reviews:
Okay, so maybe I really loved Meg Cabot's Pants on Fire because I was going through and reading all of her books and had taken this one with me on my mega trip through Greece and Turkey. We had a long day on a bus, and I tore through this one in no time flat. It was so cute and fun to read that my friend Doc read it, and then we passed it off to a young teenage girl in our tour group from Australia. We all loved it, and it's a fun memory!
Another book I love, but haven't seen talked about much anymore is Shogun, by James Clavell. It's one major read, and takes a commitment to get through it, but is FANTASTIC and sucked me in with all the action. Funny enough, by the time the book was over, I also felt like I understood a few simple phrases in Japanese. Great read!
One of my all time favorite authors is James Welch, and the book that converted me over to his Native American novels was Fools Crow. I originally read this as an undergrad, and again as a grad student, but really came to love the book on its own merits, outside of the classroom scrutiny we read it under. It is an amazing fictional look at the Blackfoot Indians and their culture, and remains a favorite of mine.
Another ethnic read that I really enjoyed was Gloria Whelan's Homeless Bird. It's a fast, young adult read that sucked me into the life of a child bride who was eventually left to fend for herself on the streets. It is a moving book, and one that haunts me still.
The last one that I wanted to mention was Time's Arrow by Martin Amis. Readers might recognize the author's name, as he is a famous author in the UK, as is his famous father Kingsley. This particular novel is written backward from the normal narration style. Yes, backward. The beginning of the novel is actually where the main character dies, and as you keep reading, you find out the hows and whys and wheres of the story until you reach what would have been the usual beginning. I have to admit that I couldn't put this one down, because I kept trying to guess the story.
I'm sure there are a lot of books that either no longer get any advertising because they're outdated, or because they only reach specific audiences. Either way, I love to see random books reviewed on the blogosphere, and on other book review sites.
What books do you really love, but rarely see pop up on sites? Any books that you'd like to drum up some support for or that you recommend to other readers?