You always hear about the best-selling books that come out every week, but what about those hidden gems that every newspaper and magazine wasn’t discussing? Here are four books that will make you want to explore all the reads you didn’t hear about in 2012.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Avid readers seem to love reading books about books and set in bookstores, so Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is sure to appeal to the reader in you. It’s set in a mysterious bookstore in Los Angeles, and believe it or not, it involves a treasure hunt, the key to immortality, and a visit to the Google campus. Intrigued? You should be. This charming little book is a quick read that will amuse and delight you from beginning to end.
The Snow Child
There are many books out there about childless couples, but Eowyn Ivey’s is one of the more unique ones we’ve come across. Mabel and Jack have no children, and though they’re older than most homesteaders, they’ve decided to start over in Alaska in 1918. Things are tough, and they’re doing everything they can just to get by. When they build a child of snow in a rare fit of joy, Mabel and Jack have no idea that everything will change for them.
Before you claim you have no desire to read yet another book about President John F. Kennedy, listen to the premise of Matthews’ novel. The year is 1939 and Jack Kennedy is just 22 years old. He’s about to travel across Europe on his diplomatic passport (his father is, after all, the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain) as long as his health holds up. When Jack is contacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and recruited as a spy, Jack has no idea about the depth of trouble he’s about to get himself into. The book is fiction, but Matthews did her research, and it’s surprisingly endearing to read about a young Jack Kennedy.
Hell or High Water
Nola Cespedes is a young reporter living in New Orleans and she’s thrilled to have received an assignment for her first feature. That is, until she discovers the subject matter: Rapists and pedophiles. While pursuing this dangerous assignment, she learns about the disappearance of a young woman and wonders whether it’s connected to the murders of two other women in the city. The novel is dripping with atmosphere and Nola’s a unique, hard-hitting character that women will root for.