Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Underrated Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers that is hosted by the fabulous team over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, readers compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

Books with a lot of hype are often fabulous; there is a reason nearly everyone loves them, fights to be first in line for tickets to the movie adaptation, and plasters his or walls with posters. The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars are two of my favorite books, and I may not have ever read them had it not been for their popularity. But unfortunately, there is only room for so many of these widely-loved stories, and some equally enjoyable ones tend to get tossed to the side, which is why I am taking this opportunity to present a list of books that definitely deserve more attention.

1. Bad Kitty by Michelle Jaffe
I read this one a long while back, but I have not forgotten its hilarity and addicting mystery.

2. Converting Kate by Beckie WeinheimerThis is such an honest and realistic relation of one girl's confusion about religion. I adore it.

3. The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
Kay Cassidy's debut is chick lit at its best, but the unfortunate fact that the sequel that was supposed to happen is not going to be published after all is a testament to its underdog status.

4. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

I read this before the memory loss ploy became so popular, and I fell in love with the way the protagonist's past slowly becomes clear.

5. The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez
As a relatively new release and an engaging story of sisterhood, this book should be more widely read.

6. Invisible I by Melissa Kantor
The Amanda Project series progressively goes downhill for me, concluding with a plot hole-laden and melodramatic finale, but I remember excitedly flipping pages of the first installment.

7. The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Shumacher
Cryptic, quirky, and so different from what I expected, this is a standout story of friendship.

8. Wish by Alexandra Bullen
I didn't love this one as much as the others on this list, but it is still an entertaining story that many will enjoy.

9. Secret Letters by Leah Scheier
Crisp, smart writing makes this a fast-paced mystery with intriguing real and fictional historical aspects.

10. She's so Money by Cherry Cheva
This book's humor is a complete win.

What are your favorite under-appreciated novels?


  1. I'm with you; I love fabulous books that haven't gotten a lot of press. Thanks for including these.

    Here's my Top Ten list!

  2. The Adoration Of Jenna fox was really good. I read it sometime last year. I had never read anything like it.

  3. Cool idea! Interesting choices, have to check some of these out. =) I think The Wind Singer and its sequels are under-appreciated. Also I'm not sure if China Mieville's Un Lun Dun has ever been hyped about, but I remember it being a very different, quirky and fascinating read.

  4. I see what you mean about underrated books! Some of my recent books which I know are underrated or under known are: Secrets, Lies and Locker 62, Zelah Green, Dead Gorgeous, Sky Song, A Little Birdie Told Me & What's Up With Jody Barton? That's just this year as well :P Only two of them are in a series & I think series are often the most well-received. It's a pity. I love standalones myself.
    I love trying to make underrated books known so great topic. This ties in with my TTT! For my 1st TTT I listed 3 things (I know!) on the meaning of reviews.
    P.S. I like your reviews :P I'm an old follower!

  5. I so agree with The Unbearable Book Club! It was such a fun read.

  6. I have only heard of two or three of these books so I really need to start reading these! I love hearing about "underrated" books because I don't think "big" books should hog all the attention. Most of the time your expectations go up higher than the book with those big books anyways. So these sound fantastic!


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