Top Underrated Books

Today, I’m writing a different kind of post and I hope you all enjoy it and contribute. My idea is to highlight some books that I love that aren’t that popular (less than 500 ratings on Goodreads, for example). I think these books are great and I’d recommend everyone to give them a chance. I do believe sometimes we only focus on super popular books that everyone is reading and maybe we’re missing out on some real gems, don’t you think?

Disclaimer: Some of these books were released in 2016 and 2017 so MAYBE they still have time to become a super mainstream success, but still. You can click on the titles to read my review. I know Goodreads rating don’t mean everything, but I can’t believe these books aren’t more popular there.

The Floating Theatre by Martha Conway

Flora’s Secret by Anita Davison

Tall Oaks & All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker

Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L Walsh

The Sisters of Alameda Street by Lorena Hughes

The Liar by Jennifer Wells

Without Trace by Simon Booker

How To Be Brave by Louise Beech

Ashes of Fiery Weather by Kathleen Donohoe

The Deviants by CJ Skuse

City of Good Death by Chris Lloyd

Girl On Point by Cheryl Guerriero

So… which underrated books would you recommend?

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27 thoughts on “Top Underrated Books

  1. I love this post Annie and I just may do my own soon! It’s truly shocking that Chris Whitaker’s books have under 500 ratings on GR! Mystery lovers should realize how amazing his books are and READ them! From your list, I’m most tempted to give City of Good Death and Ashes of Fiery Weather a try, even though I know I may not like the flashbacks in AOFW. I went through my GR and I’m very surprised that some of my fav 5 star reads this year have less than 500 ratings….Trophy Son, Castle of Water, A Brilliant Death…and from years ago, Slipping Into Darkness by Peter Blauner is amazing. These poor underrated books were SO good!

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    1. Right? Ive wanted to do this post for a long time and was very surprised at some of the books, because I see them all the time here but in the “mainstream” world it seems that not a lot of people are reading them!

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  2. This is a really great idea for a post. There are so many books out there, and more times than not, we tend to all focus on the same ones, because they are new or super hyped. It is always nice to pay a little attention to others :]

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  3. I love this post Annie! I also have books I find underrated so it’s a great idea to draw more attention on books you’ve loved.

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  4. I’ve wanted to read The Deviants for ages! Especially since Skuse wrote Sweetpea too which I loved.
    Great post, I’ve read one of two of the Whitaker books so I’m not doing too badly there lol.

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  5. I am definitely with you on the Deviants and pretty much every other book Skuse has written. I don’t get it as I would rate her books much higher than those by the popular authors.

    Haven’t read the others but I do have a copy of Tall Oaks so I’m very happy to hear it’s good.

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  6. Great idea! I must check my own Goodreads list. I think the problem is just – too many books. I added a couple of these to my wishlist when you reviewed them, but have never found the time to actually get to them. I’m really surprised at the Simon Booker though – I haven’t read his stuff, but I thought he was a pretty big name. When the market’s so crowded it must be nearly impossible for writers to break through. Well done for continuing to push the ones you think deserve the success!

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  7. This is a great idea! I personally read a lot of small press books, and inevitably those don’t get a lot of attention so I recommend finding a publisher that operates close to home and checking out their list!

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