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Road Trip Wednesday: The Best Book No One's Ever Heard Of

Welcome to our 13th Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the question on your own blog and leave a link in the comments. We'll be adding our own links here throughout the day!

Topic #13: What book(s) do you love that no one else has ever heard of?

Kaitlin: "It's just so creepy and awesome and tense and well-written..."

Kate: "I have a ton of little gems on my shelves, they're just on shelves a little lower to the ground."

Emilia: "It also involves bunnies, seizures, senile old ladies, lipstick, cat skeletons, sarcasm, crushed hopes, and the eternal power of the atom."

Kristin: "Wow. There's a theme here . . . talk about window into one's soul."

Kristin Jr.: "It's a perfect mix of fantasy, dystopian, and honest-to-God humanity."

Leila: "Think Victorian times, when female writers were still frowned upon simply for being female writers."

Late Kirsten: "It might have shattered a bigger piece of my innocence than anything else I'd ever read or seen."

Road Trip Song of the Week:
"Wiser Time" by the Black Crowes

Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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  1. Great topic, but I had a tough time with it this week. I gave it a shot anyway. :) Check out my response here:

  2. This is a really cool topic! I bet I'm going to think of more books after I post this :( Take a look at my response here:

  3. Really nice topic! Unfortunately I'm not sure I've done very well LOL. This is my first RT Wed! Woohoo.

  4. My little post about Gene Stratton-Porter's "The Magic Garden."

  5. Anyone read The Tower of Geburah? I think it's pretty unheard-of...

  6. Love the topic ^_^! Posted here:

    Also, where do you get the questions from? Wasn't sure if I could email some questions that I'd love to see!

  7. Awesome topic! It was a really hard one for me, but I tried anyway :)

  8. I don't have a blog. I don't think I have a "best book no one has heard of" off the top of my head. But I have a favorite book that not enough people have heard of.

    Garth Nix, the Abhorsen trilogy. The characters are wonderfully developed, especially in latter books. I enjoy the complexity of the world. Also, it's rare that a male can right from the female POV.

  9. Wow. Took me a while to get this one up. This is a great topic; I had a lot of fun with it!

    Come on over and read what I have to say.

  10. I agree, this was a great topic. Seeing as how I normally only read adult romance, I'm glad I can actually prove that I occasionally do step outside the "romance haze" and read other stuff. It's up now.

  11. Wisdom Hunter by Randall Arthur

    I read this book more than 15 years ago, but I still remember how much it impacted me.

    It was recommended to me by a good friend and so I decided to read it sight unseen. I don't like movie trailers (and other spoilers) so I value the recommendation of someone I trust over product marketers trying to convince me of what I'll like. And I loved it.

    This is a story about journey.

    It opens with a pregnant young woman, disowned by her father, a conservative, legalistic pastor and a real a$$hole - Jason Faircloth. She tragically dies in childbirth in a traffic jam, but her baby girl survives and is raised the baby's father (I can't recall if the two were married), who subsequently takes the baby and moves away. Jason is completely unaware this has happened.

    The story is actually about the pastor, Jason, and his journey of faith, forgiveness (and self-forgiveness) and redemption as he spends the next 18 years searching for his lost granddaughter. The journey takes him all over the world and he is truly a different person by the end.

    The book is rather heavy-handed at times and there are definitely parts I would rewrite if it were my book (e.g. the father, not Jason, is a bit of a caricature), but it's an honest, powerful look at the some of the hidden costs of Christian legalism and frankly any stubbornly held "ideals" people may hold which separate them from one another.

    I don't consider myself to be conservative by any stretch, but 15+ years ago when I first read it came at a time just when I needed to hear it.

    Thanks for letting me share!


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