S.G. Wong’s Favourite Hidden Gems

This list is from Capital City Press featured writer SG Wong called Hodgepodge.

"I average 2 books a week and I read pretty widely in different genres. I thought it would be fun to share some perhaps lesser-known standouts from further back in the mists of time…"

Geek Love

"Published way before “geek” became…chic, this is the story of a family of carnies, whose children are bred for physical oddities. (So…not quite the definition of geek we’re used to these days.) I read this when it was newly released, so I don’t recall all the details, but I do remember being riveted. It’s probably time for a re-read…"

Horse Heaven

"If you’ve only ever heard of Smiley because of her Pulitzer-winning A Thousand Acres (a retelling of King Lear), this one may come as a surprise. It’s funny and deadpan, satirical yet heartfelt, and full of quirky characters—including my favourite of them all, Justa Bob, a retired race horse. No, I’m serious. He’s great."

The Woman Warrior

"Frankly, I didn’t read many non-white authors when I was young, and I came upon this volume quite serendipitously sometime in the late 80s. The thing that struck me immediately was that the author was Chinese: I’d never heard of such a thing! It was an inspiration and a revelation. It gave me permission to explore my own stories."

The Graveyard Book

"This is one of my favourite “growing up” books. Gaiman, perhaps better known for his adult fiction, is a master at invoking that creeping feeling of unease as one peers, uncertain, at the grey outlines of unreality. Here he captures that simultaneously wistful and frightened feeling that parents everywhere try to ignore as they watch their children grow and mature. The inevitability of it all, you know?"

The Many-colored Land

"This is my go-to starter series for reluctant science fiction readers—because it made me a fan over 20 years ago. And not just of May’s entire Galactic Milieu SF books, but of the genre in general. Frankly, I can’t wait til my children are old enough to start these. They’re gonna love them, I just know it."

Visit Capital City Press and for more reading recommendations from featured writer SG Wong including her list of Love Stories Without the Saccharine, Great Spring Break Reads, Picture Books I Love and titles celebrating International Women's Day.