Underrated books that need more buzz #amonthoffaves


A Month of Faves is hosted by Tanya and Tamara

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?


  1. Oooo…I read the Lady Astronaut series this year, too! I almost put those on my list, but they didn’t fit the criteria I decided on. I’m glad you included them here!


  2. I haven’t heard of any of these! Added some to my TBR list as well as my “underrated” shelf.

    A highly underrated cookbook, imho, is “5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes” by Jules Clancy. When I can’t possibly cope with coming up with dinner or if I’m HANGRY, this solves any dilemma!

    For a children’s book, “Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog” is fun. I’m giving it to my great nephew for Christmas. 🙂

    For dog lovers (and maybe lovers of Europe or travel, too): “Ella in Europe: An American Dog’s International Adventures”

    For Winter – “Winter Wonderland” by Belinda Jones – this light-hearted, fun story set in wintry Quebec helped melt away my winter blues one year!

    Novels – “A Long Way from Home” by Peter Carey (I listened to it on audio CD) I picked this one because most of the fiction I read is well-known and this had the lowest # of ratings on goodreads of books I liked. Takes place in Australia during the 1950s Redex Trials. I found it fascinating.


  3. Pie in the Sky looks super cute. Thanks for the rec.

    I usually find new books by walking around libraries or bookstores and seeing what looks interesting. I do add stuff to my to-read list from Goodreads and other book reviews or if people IRL tell me about a book. I’m also in a book club that reads a different book each month.


  4. I usually get book ideas from a few blogging friends, Instagram, walking around a bookstore to see what looks interesting, or from TBRs during readathons. It’s pretty random but I still have almost an entire notebook full of books to check out — eventually!


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