It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is my personal choices for the Top Ten Underrated Books. This was a tough one as most of the books I’ve read lately have received a lot of love/awareness, so be prepared for some older titles on the list.
1. Troubling A Star by Madeline L’Engle. Most everyone has read, or at least heard of, A Wrinkle in Time, which is arguably her most famous work. However, I’ve always been partial to her less well-known stories about the Austin Family. I read Troubling A Star when I was in fifth grade and it’s been one of my favorite books ever since.
2. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. I’m constantly amazed at how many of my friends who devour fantasy books have never read this one. In this book McKinley has written one of my favorite fantasy heroines of all time. Aerin with her fiery red hair and her stubborn determination won me over almost immediately. It’s a must read for anyone who appreciates fantasy and strong female leads.
3. The Pit Dragon Chronicles by Jane Yolen. I first read this series when I was in middle school and I recently re-discovered it in my Children’s and YA Lit class. Jane Yolen is an amazing storyteller and the story she weaves of a boy who raises a dragon from a tiny hatchling is sure to tug on your heartstrings.
4. The Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede. This book is often described as Harry Potter/LOTR meets Little House on the Prairie and I think while that gives a god set up, it doesn’t quite do the book justice.
5. The Red Headed Princess by Ann Rinaldi. I am a sucer for anything that is set in Tudor England and this was no exception. Rinaldi is a master of the historical fiction genre and her rendering of Princess Elizabeth is pitch perfect. Rinaldi allows us t follow her from a tiny 3-year-old child to a woman who steps into the role of a Queen. Just as with her loyal subjects your love for this red-headed princess grows along with her.
6. Fire by Kristin Cashore.The companion book to Graceling and while I enjoyed Graceling immensely, I found that I liked Fire far better. However, I feel that it is often overlooked in favor of Graceling and I’d love it if more people gave it a chance!
7. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ocklar. I feel like Sarah’s word (at least among people I’ve talked to) often seems overlooked in favor of Jennifer Echols or Sarah Dessen. This book was touching and engaging as, despite what the titel says, it focuses more on the friendship between two girls than it does on the boys they meet. This is also a recently banned book, so maybe that will spur you on to pick it up!
8. A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede. I love historical novels and in this book Patricia Wrede accomplished the outstanding task of blending the historical and the magical. The characters fit perfectly both into the grim world of London and a world where magic is commonplace. The magic was perfectly woven in and nothing felt contrived or out of the ordinary.
9. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. I feel like so many people dismiss these books as simply a rip-off of Harry Potter and then don’t take the time to read them. However, these books are unique and magical in their own way and deserve to stand on their own and be appreciated for the world Riordan brought to life.
What are you favorite underrated books? DO you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments, I’m curious to hear what everyone thinks!