Neglected but brilliant books…to take everywhere!

We know that there are some avid audiobook fans out there, and some titles are so remarkably popular that you may have found yourself waiting for longer than you’d like.  So we’ve boldly delved (where none have delved before) to find you some of the best books that are gathering dust on their virtual shelves.  We hope that they inspire you to borrow them and show them some love!

Non-fiction

The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr (ebook)

You may have heard of this self-help book before, from ex-smoker friends evangelising about it.  That’s because it works.  If you’re desperate to kick that habit, borrow this on your tablet or phone and take it with you – perfect for reading on your lunch break!

David Attenborough’s New Life Stories (wma audiobook)

Join everybody’s favourite naturalist as he recalls some fascinating stories from the natural world.  Relax and learn!

Mad Men and Philosophy by WIlliam Irwin (ebook)

Do you love Mad Men?  Of course you do!  If you’ve rewatched the box sets and are just itching for a bit more Mad Men before the show recommences at the end of the month, why not borrow this intriguing ebook, that applies great philosophical thinking to the characters and incidents within this seminal show?

Outliers (wma audiobook)

Malcolm Gladwell explores the notion of high-achievers, and what differentiates them from the rest of us.

Fiction

The Brothers K by David James Duncan (mp3/wma audiobook)

A saga chronicling love, loyalty, anger and regret in the lives of the Chance family.  The four brothers are growing up during the tumultuous sixties, each of whom deal with the changing world in their own way.

The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger (mp3/wma audiobook)

A fascinating and unusual novel about a character who has one extra ring finger!  A troubled childhood leads him to a life of crime and frequent trips to the emergency room.  His skill for forgery permits him to start over again, and again…

The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish (ebook)

Eight women meet on a weekly basis for food, wine, and gossip.  One of these nights, they decide to disappear.  This is a wonderfully character-driven novel.

John Irving reads the Pension Grillparzer (wma audiobook)

A new oddity in our collection; John Irving reads the story-within-a-story taken from “The World According to Garp”.

Love in the Time of Fridges by Tim Scott (ebook)

A surreal sci-fi comedy for fans of Douglas Adams.  Huckleberry Lindbergh visits New Seattle, a town that can only be described as “health and safety gone mad”, where he encounters all manner of dangers, including feral fridges!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (ebook)

Come on, this one’s even on the book group list!  Constance’s family used to be much bigger, until people consumed sugar with arsenic in it…

YA

Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari (wma audiobook)

Twelve-year-old Mira lives with her boisterous, artistic family, and sometimes doesn’t get noticed.  This was the winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize this year, and is an exploration of life, death, friendship, culture and life.

The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring (ebook)

The Malone sisters breeze into nine-year-old Evelyn (commonly known as Button)’s small town, bringing intrigue with them.  Winnalee Malone carries her mother’s ashes around with a book that she calls “The Book of Bright Ideas”, where she records everything she learns.  Secrets are revealed within…

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (ebook)

Seventeen-year old introvert Lennie gets on with her life, happy to hide in the shadows of her sister, Bailey.  After Bailey’s unexpected death, she finds herself in the unusual situation of juggling two boys, where previously there were none.

The Summer of Permanent Wants by Jamieson Findlay (ebook)

Eleven year old Emmeline can no longer speak.  This tragic problem has left her isolated from her friends and classmates, so she is thrilled to spend the summer with her bohemian grandmother and help out with her floating bookshop!

Kids

A Kid’s Guide to How to Save the Animals by Billy Goodman (ebook)

This book encourages young people to get involved with conservation, through letter-writing, volunteering, or even educating others.

Punk Farm and Punk Farm on Tour by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (ebooks)

It’s old McDonald’s farm, with the animals rocking out!  What’s not to love?

Recycle this Book by Dan Gutman (ebook)

An amazing anthology of children’s authors’ essays on the environment, and how to take action to help save the planet!

A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo (ebook)

This little book is just perfect for any little (or big!) bunnies who worry about standing out.

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Hopefully this list has inspired you to try something new!  Have you borrowed anything “random” recently that you’d care to share?

One thought on “Neglected but brilliant books…to take everywhere!

  1. There is a vertitable goldmine of forgotten authors in the copyright free section of the e books site. I have discovered JS Fletcher, Emil Gaboriau and some of the less well known works of Wilkie Collins – quite sublime!

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