My Top 5 Underrated Books

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I’m on a kind of blogging roll lately and today I was thinking about what to post when I came across when of the books I’m going to feature. I realised that despite it being one of my all time favourite books, it isn’t mentioned very much in the blogging community/bookstagram/Twitter. I’m not saying these books haven’t been read by you guys and maybe there’s a reason they aren’t as popular but I thought I’d mention them anyway.

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Goodreads | Amazon

Homegoing is the debut novel of African author Yaa Gyasi. A historical-fiction novel that follows the story of a family though generations starting with half-sisters, Esi and Effia, two women with very different destinies – Effia marries an English slave trader and Esi herself is sold into slavery. They never meet and yet the generations that came after them tell their stories. The book gives us a look at the colonialism and slavery that took place across Africa and America over the course of 250 years. It is raw and honest and it’s clear that this is a very important topic to the author and her family. It isn’t an easy read, it is heartbreaking and infuriating but it is a necessary read, especially in terms of diversity.


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Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Goodreads | Amazon
Bird Box tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world where something evil and mysterious lurks outside. Some believe it to be creatures but nobody really knows as whoever looks upon it will become insane and kill whoever is in their path before killing themselves. We follow the story of Malorie, both as she tells us the events of the apocalypse happening and also in present day as she is a mother of two children who she has trained from birth to see rather than hear. Four years previous, Malorie was contacted by someone who could promise her a safe life with her children if only she could get to them by the river. This is where her journey begins, when she and her children must navigate the scary, outside world, blindfolded.


IMG_8960.jpg The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Goodreads | Amazon
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is an adult science-fiction novel that follows the story of a crew aboard the Wayfarer, a ship whose job it is to tunnel through space. This isn’t your average sci-fi novel – it doesn’t consist of twists and turns and epic space battles but focuses more on the crew and their characterisation. This may put some people off but this book was everything and more, in my opinion and has definitely become an all-time favourite of mine. This book is definitely not plot-driven. It centres more on the characters separately and also as a whole. It is the story of their journey and our journey as we are welcomed into their world. We see their world as Rosemary does, with fresh eyes. We learn with her and eventually, we even feel accepted into the family alongside her.


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Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
Goodreads | Amazon
One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as The Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.


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The Summer That Melted Everything
by Tiffany McDaniel
Goodreads | Amazon
I went into this book without having a clue what it was about. I usually hate doing that but in this case, it worked in my favour because it isn’t usually a book I would think about picking up. This novel tells the story of Fielding Bliss as he reminisces and tells the story of his summer in Breathing, Ohio, 1984. That is the year he became friends with the devil. Since being sent the book for review, I have stayed in contact with Tiffany and also got the opportunity to interview her. I wouldn’t even know what genre to fit this book into. Adult fiction? Magic realism? Historical Fiction? All I know is that from the first page, I was hooked. It has some heavy themes such as racism, homophobia, religious extremism and mob mentality but it still entwines itself with some happy moments between family and also what it means to be family.  

 

Are there any underrated books that you wish other people would read? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,
Angharad @
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13 thoughts on “My Top 5 Underrated Books

  1. Hi! I’m currently reading The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet (I’m almost halfway) and I’m loving it!! Although it definitely does not have an action kind of plot, it sparks my curiosity in an amazing way, I’m so earger to know not only about our characters but also, and maybe even more, about the diferent species, how they view things, their struggles, their cultures… It’s wonderful!

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