Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we are given a new topic prompt to inspire our bookish lists. Today’s topic is about books I feel are underrated. I am sharing a combination of recently read and not so recently read favorite books that I feel are underrated and under-read.
RECENT UNDERRATED READS…
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
I fell in love with this book just from hearing the title, but the story within it captured my heart. It brought back so many of my own memories of fumbling in and out of love and the nostalgia of the concept of love and how it changes as you grow up. The characters (especially Eph and Penelope) are two of my favorite fictional people ever to grace the pages of any book. Trust me, you need to read this cute, charming and adorable story. (Click Here For My Review)
Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
Another book I completely fell “head-over-heels” for, and it was so unexpected too. I wanted to dive into this book and grab Otis and make him real. He is everything a gal could want for in a best friend. Dana, though harsh and a little too bossy I still loved because of her strength and perseverance. This book is so much more than just swimming and deserves to be read by everyone. (Click Here For My Review)
The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett
Once again Kim Liggett has managed to creep me out so good I had trouble sleeping for days. She also managed to take something like cute, mild-mannered cows and make me look at them in a whole other light. This book gave me chills and Kim doesn’t not hold back. Bring your nightlight for this one, you will need it. (Click Here For My Review)
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
For some reason, there wasn’t too much buzz about this book this past year, or at least enough in my eyes. I really enjoyed reading it, and I am hard to please when it comes to retellings. This is a very different version of Romeo and Juliet and I LOVED it. It was nothing like I expected, but the world building and the many twists and turns in the story kept my eyes glued to the pages. I can’t wait for book two, and I hope you will give it a chance. (Click Here For My Review)
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
This book needs to receive so much more attention! The subject matter of rape culture is something we all deal with every day, and this story places a HUGE spotlight on it. It’s also the kind of book that sucks you into the story from the start. The heroine of the story shouldn’t be someone you are cheering for, or technically even the heroine, but she is. The writing is fantastic and I can not wait to read Mindy McGinnis’s next book. (Click Here For My Review)
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
I LOVE this book, it is witty, hilarious and so very cheeky. I know it isn’t completely off the radar, but I think it definitely deserves to have more hype and be read by many more people. I was literally laughing out loud while reading this story (so much so, that people were looking at me funny while reading in public). (Click Here For My Review)
NOT SO RECENT UNDERRATED READS….
Hello? By Liza Wiemer
Hello? Is such a powerful story about grief, friendship and the power of one “hello” and how it can make all the difference. The unique writing format, the memorable and relatable characters make this story sink into your soul. (Click Here For My Review)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is THE series to read if you are craving an epic and brilliantly written story. You will be completely transported into the world of Kvothe and there is no way you won’t be left wanting more.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon
One of the most beautifully written books I have EVER read/listened to. This lyrical and poetic story will take you away to Barcelona where there is forbidden love, secrets, and a place called the cemetery of books. You will be completely captivated by this story.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Another lovely and poetic book filled with magic and strangeness. This story is haunting and tragic, splendid and dreamlike. (Click Here For My Review)
What are some of the books you have read which you feel are underrated or are “hidden gems”? What about these stories make them worthy of being read? Share with me your answers below, and remember to leave me your link if you participate in TTT.