Dec 4 – #AMonthofFaves Underrated Books We Think Deserve More Buzz
I love this topic! I especially enjoy finding out about books I’ve not heard of. And I’m always interested in learning how people find out about books.
So here’s a question for you: how do you usually discover new-to-you reads? Is it Bookstagram, Litsy, or social media? Bookish websites like Goodreads? Word of mouth? Bookstores? Newspapers? Bloggers?
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai (published 2019)
An awesome middle grade book about a pair of brothers from Vietnam trying to fit into their new life in Australia. And also, making cakes!
Tiare in Bloom by Célestine Hitiura Vaite (published 2006)
I enjoyed this book mostly because of it’s unusual setting – Tahiti! This is actually the third book of the series, but my library only had this one!
Edinburgh by Alexander Chee (published 2001)
This is not a new book, since it was published in 2001, but while Chee is known for his newer works like Queen of the Night, I do think this is one book that deserves more attention. It is absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking (my thoughts).
South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (published 2017)
Another unique setting and also, great humour!
The Lady Astronaut series by Mary Robinette Kowal (published 2018)
As you may have guessed, I tend to like unusual books. And I like how Kowal often brings in a unique perspective, like in The Glamourist Histories series which features magic in a Austen-esque setting. This series, which has two books, The Calculating Stars (my thoughts) and The Fated Sky, imagines an alternative 1952 when a giant meteorite crashes into Earth, creating the start of an extinction event. Space exploration (only an idea at the moment) becomes necessary and one female mathematician/pilot wants to be a part of it.
Have you read any of these? What are some underrated books you’ve read and loved?