OK everyone knows about Harry Potter and Twilight and the other best sellers but what are some of the best undiscovered books out there

*my favorite undiscovered books: Shock Point, Twisted, Right Behind You, and The Scilenced

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Some of my favorite books are from the dusty shelves of my grandfather's not defunct library (that house no longer is). Books like The Jungle Fighters, David Goes to Baffinland, and A Story Like the Wind were some that I read over and over. I believe Laurens van der Post's book is the only one to still be in print, despite David Putnam being the son of a publisher...

Has anyone read Just In Case by Meg Rosoff? It's brilliant. 

It's so unfair that crappy authors like smeyer get so much attention while deserving ones like the one above don't.One of the worst kinds of literature-related WorldSuck.

I have the advantage of being a little older than some of you (I'm twenty, gah), and some of the books I read in my early teens are still pretty good. Plus, being older they sell for pretty low prices on Amazon ($0.01 to maybe $3)! Some of these are mentioned previously in the thread but I doubt any of you want to read all 36 pages.

The Sight by David Clement-Davies, Dragon's Bait by Vivianne Vande Velde, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Lirael/Sabriel/Abhorsen by Garth Nix, Witch Child (or anything really) by Celia Rees,the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno.

The Book Thief! Yay! No one ever mentions it! :)

  • Venomous by Christopher Krovatin (nothing says 'literary gold' quite like fuc*ed up goth kids being happy)
  • The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga (Unrequited love and crushed dreams have never been so funny)
  • The Bloodring/Rogue Mage series by Faith hunter (Nothing like some good old angelic apocalypse fiction)
  • Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner (Ah, magical racism...)
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (169 pages of Scholastic reading that I will never forget)
  • Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex (the bulk will make you laugh till you pee, but the ending'll have you screaming bloody murder)

I'm not sure these are all considered 'undiscovered', but no one I've ever mentioned them too has heard of them.

Freak the Mighty was fantastic. Really short but so perfect and direct. I cried soooo much while reading that.

My favorite obscure author is George MacDonald, a Scottish Victorian writer who hugely influenced C.S. Lewis. (He likely wouldn't be the same if he hadn't fallen in love w/ MacDonald's "Phantastes.") MacDonald's written everything from novels to sermons, poetry, and even fairy tales! My favorites are his fairy tales, "The Princess and the Goblin," and its sequel, "The Princess and Curdie." Also, if you love puns and word plays, then "The Light Princess" will rock your socks (btw, all aforementioned tales are found in "The George MacDonald Treasury" - 8 awesome fairy tales in one, yay!). ^_^
My favorite is Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. They recently turned it into a movie in the UK. Another one is Breakfast with Scot which they also turned into a movie.

John Green's books. Scott Westerfeld's books.

In Italy they are really, really unkown (especially John Green. Absurd, right?) I can never discuss about my favorite books bacause nobody knows them. That's sad.

@Devin - So does that make me a lot older than most of you (at 26?) :D


Anyhow some good reads that I have found in the last six months or so (I know, not that many make the list, but I spend all of my time studying to finish my masters these days)....


The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

The Sparrow  by Mary Doria Russell

Starcrossed by Mark Schreiber. It's a contemporary read. I liked it when I read a couple of years ago. It's about two teens who meet in a cosmotology office so they can get tattoo removals, coincidently they have tattoos of each others names. It was needless to say interesting. I'm pretty sure if I reread it I'd enjoy is all the same.

Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell!

Yes, it's a kids book, but I LOVE it. Sahara Jones is my alter-ego, I swear.


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