Question: Top 10 Underrated Books
Answer: Our fierce loyalty to the BBC Big Read list means that most of the novels we read are hardly suffering for name recognition. Yet, we feel that these wonderful titles below deserve even more appreciation within the world of literature...
1. I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith) – Even with J.K. Rowling’s endorsement, this novel deserves more recognition. Quite possibly our favorite narrator of all time!
2. Bag of Bones (Stephen King) – It’s difficult to classify any Stephen King novel as underrated, but within his body of work, this novel deserves more hoopla.
3. The Eyre Affair (Jaspier Fforde) – Until every single literary minded person in the world has read (and enjoyed) this novel it will remain underrated. Sadly, one of the co-editors of this blog is still fighting the current.
4. Magic Kingdom for Sales – Sold (Terry Brooks) – We get that the whole Shannara series was way more popular, but we think the Landover series is way more better.
5. Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K. Jerome) – We just finished this novel yesterday and may still be basking in the afterglow, but this novel is seriously funny classical literature. Seriously.
6. Stardust (Neil Gaiman) – One of the Two Bibliomaniacs will vehemently disagree, but this is our (Evan’s) favorite Neil Gaiman book, although Neverwhere wasn’t half bad.
7. Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome) – In the world of YA sailing novels, this novel stands alone. Plus the first edition cover is seriously cool.
8. Northanger Abby (Jane Austen) – Of all the Jane Austen novels, this one deserves more attention. One of her more readable novels with an underrated love story.
9. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith) – A fantastic book with a fantastic cast of characters!
10. A Room with a View (E.M. Forster) – We’ve said it before and we’re saying it now, but the romance between George and Lucy may possibly be the most underrated in all of literature.
Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!