Let me first say that these books aren't incredibly obscure or anything, but I do feel they deserve more attention than they get. Nevertheless, Please scroll through and see the titles that I wish you would pick up.
1. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant: This is one of the few historical fiction novels I've read, but I absolutely adored it. This is the story of biblical Dinah, Jacob's only daughter. We hardly ever hear of a woman's perspective, especially in an ancient text. This brought out Dinah as more than just a sister to Joseph.
2. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: Flavia de Luce is my kind of heroine. It's like Harry Potter all over again, no? Actually, she's more like a Hermione. She is so clever and anyone that doesn't fall in love with her is an ugly toad. Really though, I'd like to see this book (and series) get more attention than it has.
3. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: This book is perhaps my favorite of all time. For all the attention and acclaim it has received, it is still underrated in my mind.
4. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl: I would say this book is -different. I can see one's opinions going either way on this one, but if you like to try different things, give this a try. It is truly a unique work.
|Some of these are on my Kindle, and some were borrowed from kind fellow booklovers. Here's a shot of the ones I own with a peek at the accent wall in the "study" of our new home. :)|
5. I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis: This is a great historical fiction novel about the subject of the most famous painting in the world and who she was to Leonardo da Vinci. Maybe my lack of history savvy is the reason I was so impressed, but I have yet to hear another blogger or friend talk about it.
6. Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior: Amidst all the hype over Freakonomics and Malcom Gladwell's books (both of which I really like, by the way), I'm surprised this book hasn't received the attention the others have. It is a very accessible non-fiction work about, well, how we can't resist irrational behavior. Reading this book will make you think twice about your choices and make more rational decisions.
7. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks: I read this book a few years back, so I don't really remember all the details. However, I do remember being left with feelings of awe for such a intricately woven story. In fact, I'm adding it to my re-read list right this second. I have to add that this novel won the Pulitzer Prize, and while I am thrilled that it has received critical acclaim, I think not enough readers have had the pleasure of reading this book.
8. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See: OK, so a book that is soon to be adapted into a movie can hardly be called underrated, especially one by Lisa See, but hear me out. Until recently, I hadn't really heard many raves about this book. I thought it was beautifully written and had high praise for it, but no one I knew, in real life or in the blogging community, had read it. I'm glad to see that it is finally getting the attention it deserves. I can't wait to see the movie! It's been a while since I've read the book, so I won't be too nitpicky about the details they get wrong like movies often do.
I hope you add at least one of these titles to your To-Read list. Do share some books that YOU think deserve more praise.
Love and (a book) light,