Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish) is one of my favorite memes to see on the blogs I read, so I thought I would join in on the fun and switch back in forth between this meme and Waiting on Wednesday every once in a while. So without a further ado... 

Top Ten Underrated Books
(in no particular order) 

1) Salvaged by Stefne Miller: Okay, this book may not be for everyone because of the prevalent focus on faith, but it's still an amazing book. The characters are realistic and relatable; the writing is beautiful and captures the feelings felt over death and loss nearly flawlessly; and even with the big focus on religion, Stefne never pushes it down the reader's throat whatsoever. 

2) Life, After by Sarah Dareer Littman: This book took my breathe away when I read it last summer. It captures the story of an immigrant's journey beautifully, and it also contains one of my favorite quotes. All I can say is: Why isn't this book more popular?! 

3) Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont: Another book that hits a hard issue (teen pregnancy) but does so in an extremely interesting and hard-hitting way that doesn't take the easy way out. Nina is one of my absolute favorite authors! 

4) Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart: The plot behind this one is simple and not the most fast paced. Instead, the true beauty of this book lies within the written word. Beth's writing is simply gorgeous!  

5) Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly: Another favorite of mine that is far more underrated than it should be. The story behind this one is unique as are the characters introduced. The best part? The ending. It made me cry but it was well done! 

6) Ruined (How to Ruin, #1 to 3) by Simone Elkeles: This series is one of my favorites, and while it's not the most serious or mind-blowing, it contains fabulously funny characters that manage to charm and shine within every chapter! 

7) The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter: I read this one nearly two years ago, but I still clearly remember loving it. It's a very interesting read, and even though Lainey isn't always the most likable of characters, she was still a fun character to read about based on her backstory alone.

8) Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram: This is another book that's purely fun, though that doesn't mean it shouldn't be read. Seriously, this book is hilarious, and I highly recommend it. 

9 &10) The Life of Glass and The September Sisters by Jillian Cantor: Both of this books are such fantastic reads. Jillian's writing is great; the characters are flawed yet realistic; the plot line always evolve around the sad truths of live and how we work to overcome them. 

What are some of your favorite underrated books? Any of the ones I listed above? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to join in on the fun at The Broke and the Bookish. 


  1. Yay! I love how many people are joining Top Ten, it's a great feature. I just finished Nina de Gramont a few days ago and adored it. Great choice!

    Here's my Top Ten: http://bit.ly/qqOf7F

  2. Love this topic... first book that entered my mind was Harmonic Feedback.

  3. Ruined sounds very good! I like Simone.

    Check out my Top 10!

  4. I like the sound of Every Little Thing in the World, cool list!

  5. I like the sound of Every Little Thing in the World, cool list!

  6. Adding them to my towering pile! I loved Life After too.

  7. I also loved Every Little Thing in the World. This is a great feature- I may have to start participating!

  8. I'm so honored that 'Salvaged' made your list.

    Thank you so much for being such a wonderful support to this book!

  9. Harmonic Feedback! Why have I not read that yet? :( Awesome list, you've got so many fun books here, I'll definitely have to check a few of these out!

  10. You picked really underrated books, I've never heard of them.

    My Head is Full of Books

  11. I forgot about Nothing but Ghosts, need to read it.

  12. Eh, I'm pretty ashamed to say... I haven't read any of these, lol. They do seem interesting, but I just never heard of them until now. Thanks for putting them on my radar, Lauren!

  13. I love Simone Elkeles. I am still working on the ruin series. I need to check out some of your other picks. Here are mine: http://wp.me/pzUn5-wF


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