Great Books You May Not Have Heard of But You Should Try.

great books you may not have heard of but should tryYou may have heard me talk about how I reread my bookshelves all the time. While I am all about constantly reading new things and seeing what current books I can add to my collection, I thought you may want to hear about some contemporary books that you may have missed when they came out in the past. Some of these are ones I definitely recommend to people when they are looking for books.

1. Richard Russo’s Empire Falls

A Pulitzer Prize winner that weaves together two stories in a beautiful way. Wonderful writing and nostalgia of small time life with depth.

2. A.S. Byatt’s Possession

If you were an english major or find literature sexy, you will love this book. Again, this weaves together a contemporary story with a literary mystery. Someone recommended this to me a few years ago though it was written in 1990 and I could not get over the fact that I never read it. It was that wonderful. It’s part love story, part literary mystery. Right up my alley.

3. Anne Enright’s The Gathering

This book–a Booker Prize winner–cemented Anne Enright as my favorite writer of all time. The book takes place in Ireland as the author is Irish and it can be dark but the writing. Oh my gosh. I am wringing my hands over the beauty of it.

4. Jeffery Eugenides’ Middlesex

Another Pulitzer Prize Winner, I consider to be the literary equivalent to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Tracing generations of a family (and the genes) that led to Callie, unknowingly (to her parents, the doctors, and herself) born a hermaphrodite. It’s probably the book I recommend the most because it’s universally loved.

5.  Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife

This is one I would like to reread. The main character is a doctor in eastern Europe trying to figure out the mystery of her grandfather who told her the most fantastic stories while she was growing up. It reads at times like modern day fairy tales.


Do you have any recommendations for me? Have you read any of these? Otherwise, Happy Reading!
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19 thoughts on “Great Books You May Not Have Heard of But You Should Try.

  1. Dollie

    Oh my goodness, totally saving this post for future references. I’m embarrassed to say I never read any of these…but they sound amazing!

  2. Pinky

    I’ve had the Tiger’s Wife on my list for awhile. I actually randomly checked it out last year but never read it. I’ll have to get back on the list.

  3. Carly Blogs Here

    Um, how cool is that kindle/amazon widget!? I’ve had Middlesex on my list to read forever, I have a feeling I will love it and have no idea why I still haven’t read it!

    1. Nina Post author

      Sometimes I do the same things with certain books I know I will love! But really, don’t put this one off any longer. It’s SO good.

    1. Nina Post author

      Chelsea, you are a person I can safely say will LOVE it. Just try the sample of it on Kindle on amazon and you will fall in love with his words.

  4. Charlene

    Here are my suggestions:
    1. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
    2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
    3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    4. The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham
    5. Villette by Charlotte Bronte

    1. Nina Post author

      I love some of those too! This was by no means exhaustive. I think I need to reread Persuasion. SO good.

  5. Kati Rose

    I’ve read other works by Eugenides but haven’t gotten around to Middlesex yet. I love the way he writes and unwravels stories. I think I need to bump it up my to-read list!

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