Books I Love That No One Else Has Read (repost)


(thank you to Magali Studer for the drop cap!)

Following my happy announcement from a few months ago, life has gotten extra busy! I'm going to be rerunning a few classic posts on the blog from now until January; I'll miss some Insecure Writer's Support Group posts and checking in for A Round of Words in 80 Days, though I may try to note some updates in comments. And my Books Read in 2018 post will likely be delayed!


There was one of those games making the rounds a couple of weeks ago: Seven days to post a book you love without explanation, comment or review.

I posted the following:

A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
From Anna by Jean Little
The House With the Clock in Its Walls and The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn by John Bellairs
Who Is Frances Rain? by Margaret Buffie
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck by Charles Bukowski
and, on the first day, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

I didn't get a chance to include Madeleine l'Engle or E. Nesbit!

But it got me thinking of some of the books I've read that no one else seems to have read. Of course, other people have read them, just not anyone in my immediate circle of friends and acquaintances.

Here are a few of those books:

The Chimes by Charles Dickens

The Booky series by Bernice Thurman Hunter

The Margaret series by Bernice Thurman Hunter

The Road to Endor by E. H. Jones
(the only other person I know, not personally, who's read this book is Neil Gaiman)

Ned Kelly and the City of the Bees by Thomas Keneally

Shadow in Hawthorn Bay by Janet Lunn

Each Man's Son by Hugh MacLennan

Becky's Horse by Winifred Madison

In the Skin of A Lion by Michael Ondaatje

A Handful of Time by Kit Pearson

Unriddling by Alvin Schwartz

Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak

The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree by Louis Slobodkin

A Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright

Omni Skyborn by Marcia H. Kruchten

Looking at old Scholastic covers reminds me of another book, something involving an arcade game and time travel, but I'm not at home and can't check my shelves!

Finally, an honourable mention goes to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I've posted at least thrice on the blog about how much Outlander means to me, and why:

O is for Outlander, during the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in 2015
O is for Outlander, during the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in 2014
and, surprise, surprise, O is for Outlander, during the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in 2012

Meanwhile, editing, as part of my ROW80 goals, has fallen by the wayside as I continue to take part in the Never Have I Ever exercise on the writer's forum. Lots of great story ideas coming through!

Which of these books have you read?
Which books have you read that no one else has?


Hi Deniz - I hate to say I haven't read any of those ... even Diana Gabaldon I failed with ... but I did watch the series when I had Netflix out in Canada. Tolkien I'm not good on either ... but must look at Michael Ondaatje's novel 'The Skin of a Lion' ... and others of his works. Have a good rest of the Spring - til one can easily get out and about again ... cheers Hilary
Sue Bursztynski said…
I think I figured you were a Tolkien fan from the title of your blog! 😂 I have heard of several of the books on your second list, but admit I haven’t read them, not even the Thomas Keneally one.
Robin Malcolm said…
I've read some of these! Chicken Soup with Rice was a whole unit in Language Arts in about 5th grade, and I recognize a few of the other children's ones!

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