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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for...Quiet Novels

Controversial Song of the Day: "Quiet in My Town" by Civil Twilight

For the entire month of April, we'll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.  

Taken from Almightydad.com
Quiet novels are our best friends. Don't get us wrong, we LOVE some of the novels that get mad love, but there's nothing like discovering a gem that no one else has really paid attention to yet. It makes it that much more special. Quiet novels don't quite fall under the same category as our previous posts on controversial YA topics, but we find it important to add in this series because we feel like these books are often overlooked. 

Here are a few of those novels that we think should be more "loud":

*Girl by Blake Nelson (or anything else by him for that matter!)

*Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

*The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff

*Marcelo and the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

All of the novels above are loved by some, but we feel like they should be loved by MANY. Again, nothing against the novels that people are gaga over (because we're totally gaga over them, too) we just want to make sure that the quieter novels out there are getting love, also.

So, did we leave something off of the list? Do you get frustrated over a book that you KNOW should be uber popular, yet it isn't?


Rachel said...

Hee we posted on the same topic!!!

Jennifer Pickrell said...

Completely agree with Like Mandarin - the other books are on my TBR-list, but haven't gotten around to them yet, will have to bump them up!

Unknown said...

Great choices for quiet novels. I loved Like Mandarin and The Absolute Value of -1.

Jack said...

I hadn't ever thought of that. Thank you for bringing such overlooked books to notice. All books deserve to be found, even the quiet ones.
I'm enjoying your wonderful posts, so glad I've found your blog!

A Bit Unlikely,

Rebecca B said...

I love quiet novels, and not just because that's what I keep writing, apparently. As much as a splashy plot with high stakes is entertaining, I'll always like books like THE DISENCHANTMENTS and LIKE MANDARIN best.

Patricia Lynne said...

I think there are a ton of quiet novels that deserve more hype. On my bookshelf I have two books, Just In Case and Suck It Up that I thought were amazing reads that few people have read and it's probably luck I found them

Kristine Asselin said...

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield.

Great topic!

Unknown said...

I've never read any of these books. Thanks for bringing them to light! Will be adding them to my TBR list. :D

Katy Upperman said...

I haven't read any of the quiet books on your list, which is precisely the problem, I suppose! I do love Kirsten Hubbard's WANDERLOVE, so I look forward to checking out LIKE MANDARIN. I just finished GRACELING and, while I know it's popular, I don't feel like it get nearly buzz it deserves. Oh, and like Rebecca, I loved THE DISENCHANTMENTS and think EVERYONE should read it!

Stephsco said...

Like Mandarin has been on my list since it came out - I must get to it!

I think maybe Sara Zarr's books qualify; much of it is internal thoughts of the main characters, and features realistic sounding families struggling through issues.

Marquita Hockaday said...

Thanks for the comments, you all!

@Rachel--tee hee! Great minds think alike :D

@Miss Jack -we're glad you found us, too!

@Rebecca-- we both write "quiet" novels, too. Sometimes we get a little frustrated b/c we think they may not sell--but you gotta write what you love.

@Stephsco, Rebecca, Patricia, Kristine, and Katy for the book suggestions. *sigh* More books for us to add to the bookshelf :D

Sarah said...

This is the first time I have heard of the terms "quiet" and "loud" novels, although they make a whole lot of sense. What frustrates me is when someone posts an unpublished work (like on a writing website or personal blog) and it's quiet but the person crafted a masterpiece.

Sarah @ The Writer's Experiment