Monthly recommendations: underrated books!

Find out more about the Goodreads group here! This month is underrated books, which I’m so stoked about!!! I have so many underrated books to recommend and talk about, so expect another post very soon!!



Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel (10,460 ratings, 615 reviews)

I’ve talked about this book a bit now, but I’m going to keep talking about it until everyone reads it. I think it’s supposed to be middle grade, but other than a love triangle and some juvenile language, it’s totally acceptable for everyone.

The Lost Girls by Heather Young (9,698 ratings, 1,054 reviews)

This is a mystery/suspense book, and I really enjoyed it! I thought it was more popular, but apparently it isn’t. It has a really great, atmospheric setting, and it takes place in the same place in two different time periods, which was cool to read.

The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls (51,989 ratings, 6,081 reviews)

Okay so this one has quite a bit more ratings than I thought. But I still feel like it’s overlooked in the book world. And yes, it’s the same Jeanette Walls who wrote the Glass Castle. She wrote a couple fiction novels as well, including this one. I don’t love it as much as I loved the Glass Castle, but it was still a very solid read. It has a similar feel to it as the Glass Castle.

Nothing by Janne Teller (16,694 ratings, 2,555 reviews)

I think this was popular at one time? It won a couple awards and John Green tweeted about it. But it only has about 2500 reviews on Goodreads and I never see people talk about it. It is a very polarizing book. You either love it or hate it. I fall in the first camp and think everyone (over 16) should read it.



The Beka Cooper trilogy by Tamora Pierce (53,833 ratings, 1,729 reviews)

I think with Tamora Pierce, you either know her and are obsessed with her, or have never heard of her. But she writes fantasy that’s like high fantasy for YA readers and most of them have female leads and the female leads are great!!! Beka is my favourite, but she has a ton of other series.

The Dragonkeeper trilogy by Carole Wilkinson (9,645 ratings, 621 reviews)

This is another one that’s middle grade but I think suitable for older readers. It’s about dragons in ancient China and I love them.

Children of the Lamp by P. B. Kerr (17,076 ratings, 651 reviews)

Another middle grade/YA series, but this time about genies!!!! This series was SO interesting and I loved them all. I actually think about these books all the time, and really want to reread them.

Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay (8,846 ratings, 836 reviews)

This was a DNF for me, but it was definitely a case of the right book at the wrong time. It was so interesting and the setting was so good, I was just in the worst reading slump ever. So I’m still recommending this book because I think it’s very under-appreciated and super interesting.


So, those are some underrated books I recommend! Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!!

16 thoughts on “Monthly recommendations: underrated books!

  1. Great post and thank you. I’m a huge fan of Guy Gavriel Kay but I’m the first to admit that his books are a bit slow paced. I’d highly recommend both “The Lions Of Al-Rassan and Tigana – two of the most moving books I’ve ever read. Cheers, Brian

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  2. I have never even heard of these to be honest. I’ll check them out and see if it’s something for me. I think the Septimus Heap series from Angie Sage is pretty underrated and not well known. I absolutely loved the series and highly recommend them 🙂

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