BBAW: Forgotten Treasures

Today’s topic:  Sure weโ€™ve all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether itโ€™s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction.  This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book!

I love this topic! Sometimes I get so weary, especially since I’ve started blogging, of hyped books. I keep getting assaulted from Twitter, Goodreads and blogs to read THIS AWESOME NEW BOOK.  My Google Reader overflows with the same title being reviewed. It just makes me tired.

It’s not that I don’t  LIKE these books. I am sometimes anxious to read them but sometimes I just want to curl up with a gem of a book that isn’t the latest rage and doesn’t reak of some sort of huge hype around it.  It has nothing to live up to aside from a few reviews. I need that sometimes. It is refreshing.

So my two choices:

My Cousin Rachel1. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier — Everyone has heard of or read Rebecca but I think My Cousin Rachel is just as wonderful and doesn’t get as much attention. It is a wonderful  Gothic mystery and the characters are so perfectly developed. I couldn’t stop reading this last winter whilst I was stuck inside during a snowstorm next to the fireplace. Be jealous. It was wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True2. A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka — I read this recently and I’m surprised it isn’t more popular. It was a beautiful story and I loved the love story in it! I reviewed it so you can check it out.

Now it is time for you to share your non-hyped gems with me? Which books do feel deserve more attention? I want to know!

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. wow! I just added the Pasulka book to my tbr! Someone else posted on it today, too. AWESOME. And… per the Daphne DuMaurier book – have you read House on the Strand? It's even more obscure than Cuz Rachel, imo.

  2. I haven't heard of that one! Adding it to my TBR list! Thanks! I just love her writing!!

  3. I have to admit I can't remember if I have ever even read Rebecca – I must have, right? Maybe I should have a little du Maurier author study weekend sometime. Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. Hmm, is My Cousin Rachel better than Rebecca, would you say?

  5. Tahleen– I wouldn't say it is better but I think it is just as good! I found myself just as engulfed in the story!

  6. I'm a sucker for the cover of A Long, Long Time Ago. Beautiful!

  7. Oh my goodness, we're soulmates or something!

    I just advertised My Cousin Rachel on Twitter with Harper Perennials dealie-mabob!

    …. I'm so following you now.

  8. Andi– I fell in love with the cover too!

    Lydia– We are definitely soulmates! WOO! I love finding other people who like a "treasure" book that I do! Everyone can say that they like a real popular book so it is nice when it is something off the beaten path!

  9. I've heard some good things about Daphne Du Maurier but have yet to read anything by her. And I hadn't heard of the second book you mention. I really must add both to my wishlist!

  10. Melissa @ YA Book Shelf says:

    I read Rebecca in high school and again in one of my Gothic lit classes. Great book – I'll definitely have to check out My Cousin Rachel at some point if I can find it.

    One of the other bloggers mentioned the second book too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If you like the Gothic, then I think you'll enjoy my hidden treasure post too.

  11. I'm in Amy's position – heard lots about Daphne du Maurier but yet to read her work. I think I'd have to start with Rebecca because I've heard too much about it (and yet I agree with you in regards to hype, I've been trying to read less popular books recently) but I'll keep My Cousin Rachel in mind for later.

  12. April (BooksandWine) says:

    I have a copy of My Cousin Rachel. Last fall I read Rebecca which was just perfect for the weather.

    I will have to get snowed in with my copy of My Cousin Rachel, since it seems like thats the perfect weather for it!!

  13. I can't believe I still have not read anything by Daphne du Maurier!

  14. I really, really enjoyed My Cousin Rachel – I'm glad you picked it. This is the second post I've seen about the Brigid Pasulka, so I really need to read that book soon1

  15. Rebecca remains one of my all-time favorite books; I constantly put it among my top five faves. Yet, I've never read any of her other works. I will definitely have to try My Cousin Rachel. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  16. says:

    I heard of A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka and it's been under my radar, I am adding this on my goodreads so I won't forget about this title.

  17. I didn't even know about any other book than Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier! I'll have to check it out sometime.

    I have an award for you by the way:

  18. Tribute Books says:

    My Cousin Rachel sounds great, thanks!