Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Underrated Books

Hey everyone! I'm a little late with this Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) because I am trying to get my life in order to move in two weeks. Nonetheless, here it is, because I can never resist the urge to pimp out books I think could use more love.

10.) Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Right now, a lot of you guys are probably thinking that I am crazy. Brightly Woven has gotten tons of positive reviews among bloggers, is pretty popular in our world. However, I feel like it's presence in the real world isn't as strong. My library doesn't have a copy, I never see it on hold from another library at ours, and I don't really see it at chain bookstores (though I do know of some indies that stock this one). Why isn't this awesome book getting more love?

9.) Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi
I read an ARC of Crossing Lines in November of 2010 and posted my review in June of 2011, when the book was released. I've hardly seen any reviews of this one. It's a pretty powerful book that focuses on transgender issues. Again, why aren't more people reading this one? I thought more bloggers would be drawn to the story.

8.) Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Yes, Sarah Addison Allen is a pretty popular author, and yes, her books tend to have some cross over appeal. I've only read Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen, but Garden Spells is magical and definitely my favorite of the two. Why aren't more Allen fans picking this one up?

7.) The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
In addition to being a story about family, The Sweetest Thing is the story of a girl who's passion in life is decorating cakes. COME ON, YOU GUYS. HOW CAN YOU NOT READ A BOOK FILLED WITH MOUTHWATERING DESCRIPTIONS OF CAKE???

6.) The Circle of Magic Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Again, Tamora Pierce is a pretty big author. However, it seems like this particular series doesn't get much love. Seriously, it's about magic! I seem to remember Daja's Book in particular having a fantastic ending.

5.) What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
Sonya Sones was publishing books in verse during my teenage years. I picked this one up at my library, intrigued by the title. I remember her books as always being the perfect combination of laugh out loud funny and emotional. Did no one else read these as a teen?

4.) The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
I think that in general, Sharon Creech is an underrated author. I remember reading The Wanderer book for the mother daughter book club my mother and I belonged to for quite some time. This seems to be one of Creech's less read books, and I'm not sure why. It's beautiful.

3.) Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
Okay, so it's not really fair of me to expect this book to be popular among the bloggers I know, as this is an adult non-fiction book. Most YA/MG bloggers that I know of read little to zero adult non-fiction. However, Williams's story is beautiful on all counts.

2.) Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
This is a mash-up of Sleeping Beauty and a Holocaust tale. Sounds almost too weird to work, right? But it's beautiful, and works so well. My cousin lent me her copy of Briar Rose some time in middle school. The day after I finished it, I mailed her copy back to her, and went out and bought my own. I'm due for a reread soon, come to think of it.

1.) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
*sigh* I adore this story. It's somewhat similar to Pride and Prejudice, but touches even more on issues of social class. This is a brilliant novel. And one musn't forget that it has been made into a miniseries starring the swoon-worthy Richard Armitage. Excuse me while I drop everything and go re-watch my favorite scenes.

So there you have it! My favorite underrated books (although after writing this post, I'm wondering if my perception of underrated is skewed). If you decide to pick up any of the books I've mentioned and fall head over heels, go forth and spread the love! I'd say these books could not only use it, but deserve it.


  1. I'm happy to see What My Mother Doesn't Know on your list b/c I was thinking of putting it on mine. I love her books. I haven't read any of the others, so I'm going to have to check them out.

    -Sarah @ Y.A. Love

  2. LOVE your list!! Oh I LOVE it! I was SO close to putting both Sonya Sones and Sharon Creech on mine! But I ran out of room. :P Briar Rose is also incredibly deserving of a place on this list! I'm due for a reread soon too! :D I'll have to pick up some of these other books that I haven't read yet. :)

  3. Sadly I haven't read a single one of these, but I plan to remedy that straight away :). Great list my friend! I actually have Garden Spells sitting on my shelf right now. Maybe I'll start with that.

  4. A nicely eclectic list! I enjoyed Brightly Woven and thought it stood out in the recent selection of YA fantasy books. Also, loved Garden Spells! Sarah Addison Allen's writing in that novel really is magical.

  5. Garden Spells is a great pick! Also, I really need to acquire and read North & South.

    Great list!

  6. Brightly Woven I always see on everyone's list like these! I need to get around to reading it (and buying it)

    And I really want to read The Sweetest Thing as well...I love me a cake!



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