Hi friends! Don’t mind me just popping in after a year like no time has passed. This isn’t weird at all. I definitely didn’t disappear into thin air. It’s fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE. I don’t really plan on going into details on why I was gone, because there aren’t very many. Life simply got busy and I stopped making blogging a priority. I was burnt out, everything else was overwhelming, and I didn’t really read much for a while there either. Anywho, the important part is that I’m back and certainly have NOT stopped reading over the last year (unfortunately, I’ve also not stopped having an obsession over BookTube and TV shows… so nothing has changed haha). I saw the #QuietReadathon on 24hryabookblog and huzzah, I had passion.
Peoples, I LOVE underrated books. I love discussing them, I love reading them, I love looking at them. They’re fabulous. I’m horrendous at making decisions and judgments and therefore have a tough time with making my own opinions on books that are incredibly popular (I don’t want to rock the boat, but I don’t really want to be on it, either), and it’s fun to feel like you’re the one who discovered a really unknown book or author. Unfortunately, this also means that when you read lesser known books, there are a lot less people around to scream about them with you. Hence, my screaming about them into the void. So without further ado…
My Top Seven All-time Favorite Underhyped Books
7) The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
The 57 Bus is written by a journalist (which I love in books) who follows the aftermath of an African-American boy setting another teenager’s skirt on fire. This book is somewhat controversial, as it seems to have incredibly mixed opinions. Most people seem to either completely love or completely hate it. Obviously, I fall into the former category, and this book really impacted me. It gave me a lot of insight into life in general, and it opened me up to exploring more nonfiction. I was completely obsessed with the social discussion in this book, and it made me realize that I’m passionate about that sort of thing as well as books written by journalists in general.
6) Blackwood by Evan Dorkin
Wow. Just wow. If you like comics or graphic novels at all, I highly highly recommend that you check this one out. Blackwood is possibly my favorite graphic novel of all time. The illustrations are completely stunning (Veronica Fish is my favorite artist), and the story is completely wild and disturbing. This is everything I love in a comic and I don’t think I’ll ever stop being obsessed with it. I’d definitely love to own a physical copy at some point, because it’s begging to be reread on a larger surface. I don’t even know how to describe what’s happening in this book. It’s creepy, it’s disturbing, it’s horror, it’s Veronica Fish. Read it. Just trust me.
5) Runaways by Rainbow Rowell
And here we have my favorite ongoing comic series. It’s not the least popular thing ever, but it’s definitely not read enough. I read the original series with Brian K. Vaughan and became invested in the characters, but I wasn’t completely obsessed. I AM COMPLETELY OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES. The reboot is absolute perfection. Rainbow Rowell has captured all of the characters so perfectly, and I so appreciate that I’m actually invested in the story. Kris Anka has stunning illustrations in the first couple of volumes, but the new artist in volume four picked it up very well, so I’m super pleased with that. This series is such a gem and I really wish more people read it. I’m scared it will get cancelled too soon and my poor fragile heart just couldn’t take it. So please, check out Runaways!
4) Neverland by Shari Arnold
I have truly never seen anyone else talk about this book, but it is just incredible. Neverland is about a girl who has lost her little sister to cancer and is still learning how to cope with her grief. A boy shows up (I know, groan), except it’s a Peter Pan retelling, so you know, magic things start happening. And it’s really beautiful and really sad and I’m going to cry just thinking about it. All of the Goodreads reviews seem to be fantastic, and I really don’t see why Neverland isn’t more popular. If you like hard hitting contemporaries with magical elements, this is 100% something you should pick up. I desperately need to read more from this author, and I actually plan to do so this month. I’m in love with the writing and the characters from this book and I need more people to share in the love here. If it sounds interesting to you, give it a go!
3) In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
I have previously stated that In Other Lands is my favorite book of all time. Of. All. Time. Now, I’m not really sure if that holds true (I’ve only read it once, and I definitely need to experience it again to see how I feel about it – hence its number three spot on this list), but regardless, it is still one of the most fabulous things I have ever read. I cannot BELIEVE that more people have not read this book. It is genuinely everything you could ever want. It’s like Harry Potter, but all in one book, the main character is completely a Slytherin and completely hilarious, and it’s honestly just better (and unproblematic… just saying). I loved the discussion of gender roles (and the self-aware aspect of fantasy) and Elliot is the most hilariously entertaining character to ever exist. Okay, I’m still obsessed with this book. Please read it and be obsessed with me. In Other Lands is truly incredible.
2) A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Well, if you want to cry a lot, this is definitely the book for you. A Heart in a Body in the World has picked up a little steam on BookTube, but I mostly see people either hauling it or wanting to read it rather than reviewing it. AHIABITW (it’s a mouthful, okay) is about a girl both literally and figuratively running from her trauma and dealing with the aftereffects of an event in her life. I won’t spoil anything, but it’s incredibly moving and timely. I cannot believe how well-written the story was, and I really enjoyed both the characters and the plot progression. I had a very intense book hangover after finishing this one, and I highly recommend it to… pretty much everyone.
1) The Weight of the Stars by K.A. Ancrum
The Weight of the Stars has earned my top spot, and believe you me, it is very well deserved. Although I enjoyed K.A. Ancrum’s first book, The Wicker King, it is truly no comparison to The Weight of the Stars. TWOTS is just absolute perfection. It’s wistful and just plain sad, it has an amazingly cute friend group, it has a sweet (F/F) romance, it has mini-chapters, the writing is gorgeous, the main characters are gorgeous, there’s SPACE and STARS, what more do you need!? I could talk about this book for hours. But I won’t, because I want you all to experience it for yourself. I can guarantee you that I will read everything that K.A. Ancrum ever writes, and even after only reading two of her books, she is one of my all-time favorite authors. If you take anything away from this post, it’s that you desperately need to pick up The Weight of the Stars. Hence the number one spot here. Do it. Give in to the peer pressure. You know you want to.
And there you have it, folks! These seven books are my all-time favorite underrated books, and I really wish they would get more recognition. As you can see, I’m quite obsessed with all of them. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read or plan to read any of these, and definitely let me know what your favorite underrated books are. Also, I’ve been completely out of the loop – so please share some of your favorite book blogs (or posts) to help me get caught up! I love and have missed you all – I hope you’ll have me back!
Happy New Year!