If you’re after a great new read, then look no further than this list of my top 7 underrated books! These are books I seldom see people read or talk about, even though, in my opinion, they are some of the most wonderful and inspiring books I have ever read. You’re sure to find a book you love on this list, and I really look forward to hearing your feedback! These underrated books are most definitely worth checking out.
1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
You HAVE to read this book. I cannot recommend this enough - this is top on my list of underrated books because it is just beautiful. Make sure you look for the copy of this book that looks like a journal - it has sweet hand-written style notes written on a range of different things, which is just lovely. This book is about Lennie Walker, who is 17 years old and trying to find her way in life after her sister dies. If you check out any book on this list, make sure it’s 'The Sky Is Everywhere.'
2. All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
This is a book you can read easily in one sitting, and one that will leave you smiling. While reading this book, you are introduced to a range of different superheroes, though not superheroes like you would normally expect - these superheroes have seemingly mundane and normal powers. For example, The Perfectionist, whose power is quite simply doing everything perfectly. This is a seriously quirky and lovely novel that you just have to read!
3. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Wistful metaphors and dreamy language intertwine in this gorgeous book to create a seriously amazing story. 'Imaginary Girls' is about a young girl called Chloe who lives her life in the shadow of her bright, rebellious sister Ruby. When Chloe is sent away, however, everything changes and suddenly she has to find her own way in the world. This story will really inspire you, and is a truly beautiful read. I bet you’ll love it!
4. Pink by Lili Wilkinson
‘Pink’ is a quirkily-written story of a teenage girl discovering who she is. If you’re after a book which will make you giggle, cry, become inspired and even learn something, then you definitely need to get your hands on a copy of this. Lili Wilkinson has a really wonderful style of writing that will make you feel a vast range of emotions all at once - any book that can do that has got to be good!
5. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
The topics explored in this young adult novel are quite confronting, as ‘Wintergirls’ is about an 18-year-old girl called Lia, who suffers from anorexia. That being said, it is written in such a way that is very accessible and easy-to-read. Lia discovers that her best friend, Cassie, has passed away, and this topic is dealt with in a unique and heart-wrenching way. You’ll definitely learn something from this book, and it certainly worth a look.
6. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King
If you love a good psychological thriller, ‘Lisey’s Story’ by Stephen King will be right up your alley! This is the scariest book I have ever read in my life, hands down. It is creepy and sinister, telling the story of Lisey, the wife of a deceased, famous author. As the story progresses, more and more terrifying things occur and the lines between real and imaginary start to blur. This book is certainly not for the faint hearted!
7. Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones
If you’re looking for an easy, quick read, you have to check out ‘Twig’ by Elizabeth Orton Jones. Okay, so technically it’s a children’s book, but I guarantee anyone of any age will smile reading this! After I read ‘Twig’ for the first time, I lent it to my grandma and she loved it! It’s about a young girl who lives in an apartment, but creates her own world in the backyard behind her house. This book will have you smiling from start to finish!
I hope you enjoy checking out all of the underrated books on this list, I can’t wait to hear your feedback! Whether reading is a time-consuming hobby for you or simply a way to pass time on the bus, there’s no doubt that it can take you to a whole other reality and spark your imagination. I love discovering new books to read, so what is your favourite book of all time?