Hi friends, happy Monday!
A little while ago, I did a post of nonfiction books I want more people to read. So today, I’m going to be talking about some fiction books I want more people to read! These are not necessarily my favourite fiction books (though a couple are lol), but they’re some books that I think are vastly underrated and need more attention.
So, let’s talk about some books!
The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya: are you tired of me talking about this book yet? The easiest way to stop that would be to read it and love it. This book follows two musicians, who become friends when one of them covers the other’s song, until their friendship falls apart because of a subtweet. It’s super interesting and so well written, and I just need it to get all the hype it deserves.
She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore: another book I recommend every chance I get. This is a magical-ish retelling of the foundation of Liberia, and it’s super interesting. It follows three characters whose stories become intertwined, and it’s just so beautiful. It’s so well-written and I was completely blown away by it.
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson: this book follows several teenagers in high school dealing with high school. It was surprisingly touching and compelling, with a lot of compelling characters and moments, and realistic-feeling (if a little over-the-top) scenarios. It was just a really solid, fun read, and I think more people would enjoy it.
If I Had Your Face and Frances Cha: in my mission to read and promote more translated books, please accept this recommendation. It follows four Korean women and discusses Korean beauty standards and expectations for women. It was super interesting, and I loved it. The four characters are all super distinct and felt like people I knew. Their stories were all compelling, and I really felt for all of them.
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice: this book follows an Indigenous reserve that is suddenly cut-off from the rest of society: no phone, no wifi, no satellite, no TV, nothing. It’s super slow and ominous, and I really enjoyed the integration of Indigenous teachings and stories. I read this at the start of the pandemic last year, and it was really timely and relevant, and I suspect still is.
Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese: this book follows four homeless people who befriend a retired journalist, and then get a winning lottery ticket but can’t cash it because they don’t have a fixed address. It has some of the best, most compelling and realistic characters I’ve ever read. Wagamese is definitely not underrated, but I think this book really is, and I want more people to read it.
Women Talking by Miriam Toews: more Canadian authors! This book follows a group of Mennonite women who have recently discovered that the men in their village are drugging and raping them, so they are discussing whether they should leave or stay. It wasn’t my favourite writing, in that it’s told in a very hands-off way which limited the emotional impact of a lot of the story. That being said, I think it’s a really compelling narrative and discusses a lot of interesting topics. Highly recommend.
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz: this book follows two timelines: a teenage girl grappling with the fact that her best friend is killing people, and her as an adult time traveller dealing with a group of incels trying to erase women’s rights. It was super interesting. I really liked how the time travel was done, and found both timelines really interesting. It also has some great representation, and the author is non-binary.
Shut Up, You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji: this short story collection follows the same woman throughout her life. The stories are really well-written and cover a ton of different topics. I think it’s super underrated, and if you enjoy short story collections, I think you’d really enjoy this.
So, there are some books I want more people to read! Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Are there any fiction books you want more people to read? Let me know!