Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Underrated Books That Need More Love

I love Top Ten Tuesday posts, but lately they’ve somehow got me in a pickle – do I do top ten books or authors? Do I do both? Do I do recent reads or books I read years ago? How can I even begin to remember them so I know which ones to list?! Argh!! I’ve looked through my trusty LitRate Goodreads (some day we’ll be able to say LitRate, some day) and tried to list a mixture of older and newer books that I think are underrated and/or unappreciated in the blogosphere.

Underrated Reads 1

1. Far From You by Tess Sharpe (2,700 ratings, average rating of 3.96) – I’ve been in a bit of a minor reading slump lately (starting all the books, putting them all back down again). I decided to give Far From You a go as I’d heard good things about it (and won it in a giveaway hosted by Ula at Blog of Erised). I really, really enjoyed this mystery/thriller. It’s well written, emotional, poignant, definitely worth the read.

2. 50 Ways to Find a Lover by Lucy-Anne Holmes (573 ratings, average rating of 3.75) – This book was seriously laugh-out-loud funny. Sarah Sargeant starts a blog all about her single life and her dating exploits, it’s the modern Bridget Jones. I bought book 2 in the series for my Sister for her Birthday, so I’m looking forward to reading it when she’s done.

3. Boys Like You by Juliana Stone (521 ratings, average rating of 3.82) – I’ve talked about this book before and I’ve gushed about it in my review. I have the eARC and want to own a physical copy, but now I’m scared to reread it, what if my 5/5 rating feels totally different the second time around?? This book really struck a chord with me when I first read it.

4. Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer (7,387 ratings, average rating of 3.90) – I’ve talked about this one before too. A super fast-paced love story told entirely by email, I raced through this great-find and loved it. I’ll be giving away a copy of this soon to celebrate reaching 200 subscribers!

5. Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A Thompson (131 ratings, average rating of 4.40) – I read and reviewed this book as part of my first author spotlight feature, and I have the second book in this series waiting for me to devour. I really enjoyed this action-packed, paranormal story (with a difference) and I’m looking forward to reading the whole trilogy.

Underrated Reads 2

6. Come Back to Me by Mila Gray (Sarah Alderson) (1,204 ratings, average rating 4.06) – This is one I read and reviewed recently with Brandie at Brandie is a Book Junkie, and we really, really enjoyed this New Adult romance… and we may have *squeeed* a little when Sarah left us a comment on the review!

7. Doing It by Melvin Burgess (2,030 ratings, average rating 3.33) – I read this in my late teens and please beware there is explicit content that not everyone may appreciate. It’s been a long time since I read this, but I remember that not only did it shock me, it felt very real and honest, a true male portrayal of being a teenager, and having sex.

8. Life Interrupted by Kristen Kehoe (137 ratings, average rating 3.97) – I recently participated in the book tour for this read, which included a review, and I love it when a book tour read is that good it really takes you by surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and look forward to more from this author.

9. Pretty Things by Sarra Manning (1,284 ratings, average rating 3.60) – I referred to this book in the first ever S(H)e Said Discussion post on Sex in Fiction. It was actually a pretty great coming-of-age teen read that I would recommend to everyone.

10. The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn (10,439 ratings, average rating 3.58) – This has the highest number of ratings on my list, but I still feel that it is relatively unknown. I read this in my early teens during a Citizenship class and was completely mesmerized by it. I still own it and had no idea it was a series, so I will have to pick the sequel up to find out what happens, and give this one a reread.

Which books made your list? Are there any underrated reads you would recommend to me? Let me know in the comments!

About Rachel

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38 Responses

  1. I’ve seen The Bar Code Tattoo around and it looks like it might be pretty good, so I just might check it out. Far From You is a book that’s been in my peripheral view, but I haven’t gotten past the I’m-aware-of-its-existence phase.


  2. You have a Sarra Manning book! I loved this and the Diary of a Crush series when I was a teen. I must get a copy of Boys Like You, I remember you mentioning it when I first came across your blog.


  3. Elen @ A World of Reviews

    I’ve been wanting to read Far From You for ages, and I really love that cover. Both Love Virtually and Life Interrupted also look really good, and I’ll have to keep an eye out for them. Thanks for the great recommendations. 🙂


  4. I’ve been in a reading slump too!! It’s the first time I’ve been finding it super HARD to read and I don’t like it!! I would love to read Far From You one of these days soon. It was one of those books I was really excited for to come out in 2014, and then it just kind of got overlooked 😦 I will try to read it before the end of the year for sure. Thanks for stopping by my list!


  5. Rachel, well, obviously I adore your name:) My strongest female character come to life is a Rachel. Thanks for adding me to the list, for participating in the blogtour, and for the love of reading you’re giving all of us. Believe it or not, I’ve been reading un-inspired as of late, too. I’m on Ender’s Game right now and I hope it sparks something in me. I love Romance, contemporary romance, obviously, but I’m a huge dystopian fan. Really, right now I’m looking for humor. I don’t mind dark undertones, but I don’t want to be sad. I’m checking out some of your recommendations. Happy reading, and again, thanks.

    ❤ Kristen


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