BBAW Forgotten Treasures

Here’s the BBAW topic for Forgotten Treasure: “Sure we’ve all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it’s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction. This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book!”

It’s pretty obvious here on the blog that I read a lot of YA. Having read a lot of YA books, I now have several favorites from that genre. You can see them listed here. But if someone asked me what my all-time favorite YA series is, I will still answer that it’s the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner.

Followers of my blog won’t be surprised that I chose this series for this post because I LOOOOOOVE these books. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about it. I fell in love with the series after I read the first three books and I kept rereading them over and over again and I’m continually amazed at how good they are. It’s historical fiction that borders on fantasy because of the presence of gods and godesses similar to Greek mythology. The main character is Eugenides, Gen for short, the incorrigible Thief of Eddis. Gen is amazing and I’m always on the lookout for books that have Gen-like characters. This series has all the good things that people look for in books – incredible worldbuilding, great character development, political intrigue, plot twists and turns that will keep you guessing and a very subtle kind of romance that will totally take you by surprise. I know the series has been getting more attention lately because several book bloggers are recommending it left and right but it’s still not enough. It should be popular enough that it becomes a staple read for anyone curious about YA.

I have recommended this series to so many friends and most, if not all, of them have liked it. Hey, you want further proof of how awesome this series is? You know who won the YA Fantasy Showdown a couple of weeks ago? Eugenides!

Oh and look at the lovely Japanese covers of these books, click to embiggen:

I wants them, my precious! Even if I can’t read Japanese. If you haven’t heard of this wonderful series, click here to read my review of the first three books. No spoilers, I promise! Or drop by Megan Whalen Turner’s website.

Okay, enough about my crazy love for this series. What about you, what’s a book that you think more people should read? 🙂

36 thoughts on “BBAW Forgotten Treasures

    • Actually, I was trying to choose between this or Elizabeth E. Wein’s books because those get even less attention than MWT’s books. But then I realized that this is still my favorite so I went ahead with it.

      I want the Japanese editions but they’re expensive! Around P1,000 for each book, I think? And they divide each book into two because Japanese books are shorter so there are 6 books for the The Thief, Queen of Attolia and King of Attolia.

  1. This post makes me so happy! You make a pretty convincing argument. These books really have it all. They need all the attention they can get.

    I love the Japanese covers, too! Never seen them before.

  2. I’m not surprised you chose this! I’m going to read this when I get myself a copy of King of Attolia so I can at least read them straight. 😀

    One book I think everyone should read? Hm. That’s a bit hard. I’ll go with my two ultimate favorites: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. 🙂

    • Fully Booked Fort had copies of King of Attolia the last time I was there. 🙂 Although you can go ahead and read the first two.

      I still haven’t given Sarah Dessen a try! I will soon, I promise. I’ve been really curious about The Truth About Forever. Haven’t heard of Present Darkness before but I’ll look it up in Goodreads!

  3. I’ve heard of this series, but have not yet read it! All the awesome posts today are doing dangerously bad things to my TBR list… but these are definitely going to the top of the pile. And the Japanese covers are quite stunning!

    The book I’m raving about today is Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby. In short, it’s amazing. In long… well, that’s my post!

    • I know what you mean! I’ve been adding books to my TBR because of all the BBAW Forgotten Treasures post. Yay, I do hope you get to read this series soon.

      I’ll stop by your blog to check out what you have to say about Hurt Go Happy.

  4. I am so right there with you! This series is my all time favorite series! Even more than HP and Twilight. Gen is wonderful. My favorite of the series is King of Attolia. I have reread them all many times, but especially that one. Thanks for sharing the love! Everyone should read these books

    • Yay another Queen’s Thief fan! It’s a lovely, lovely series and I keep recommending it to everyone I know. I’ve mentioned it several times here on the blog and I hope that has influenced more people to read the series.

  5. Those Japanese covers are beautiful! I want them too, even though I can’t read Japanese 🙂 The Queen’s Thief series books are among my favorite books, I love that you can read each book again and again and still find things you missed the previous times. And of course Megan Whalen Turner is brilliant!

    • Yes, MWT is indeed brilliant! I love the Japanese covers. I wanted to order them but they’re so expensive! Those are the covers for just the first three books (they divide each book into two). These books actually get better when you reread them because you notice details that you didn’t see on your first read.

  6. I read The Thief forever ago. I was still in jr high or high school, and I remember really, really liking it. Then all the sudden, it’s all over the internet, and now it’s back on my “To relocate and read again” list. Thanks for reminding me!

    Also, I so totally own a bunch of books in Japanese so I “have something to practice with”– I studied Japanese for 2 years– and sometimes it’s just kinda fun to have.

    • I read The Thief back when I was younger and I was reading all the Newbery books that I could get my hands on. I didn’t know that there were sequels to it until a couple of years ago. I hope you get to pick these up soon!

      Oh you studied Japanese! At least if you buy Japanese editions, you’ll be able to read them.

  7. Hi! I have heard of Turner’s books and they are already on my wishlist^^ I think I first came across them on some book blogs this year and they look great, so I’ll hopefully be checking them out in the near future! It’s so cool that they’ve been translated into Japanese!

    • Yay, glad to know that they’re already on your list. I’m not surprised that you’ve heard of these books from other bloggers because the series has been getting some attention lately. Just wanted to feature them because this series is still my favorite when it comes to YA. 🙂

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