We all have that friend who is very particular about what they read. You know the one. That person in your life who won’t pick up a book unless it’s been endorsed by A-list authors. The one who can’t make a purchase until the final Pulitzer ballot has been counted. The one who refuses to acknowledge any work that isn’t on “the list.”
We get it. There are a lot of books. Like A LOT. No, seriously, like Library-of-Congress-162-million-book-catalog a lot. So it’s totally understandable to look to others when seeking out the next novel you’ll be dedicating your precious hours toward. But what’s lost in the pursuit of the “certified-fresh” books are all the books that have flown quietly under that radar, that deserve their time in the spotlight. To honor those hidden gems and help them get into the hands of those who will truly appreciate them, we’ve put together the ultimate list of diamonds in the rough.