Top Ten Tuesday time! This is hosted over at The Broke and Bookish
I haven’t completed a TTT in quite a while, so it’s great to be back!
This week I am covering the Top Ten Under-rated Books. I’ve decided to go broad and non-specific here. However, a side note: While some of these books may have done quite well in Australia, I don’t believe they’ve reached a global market, so that’s why I’ve added them :)
1. Sashenka by Simon Sebag Montefiore
First up, Sashenka. I read this book a few years ago and it was one of my very first Goodreads reviews, which was pretty exciting! Montefiore normally writes history, but he wrote a fantastic novel. But he also knows his stuff, so I learnt a lot from this book. Even now, so many years after I finished it, I think about it from time to time. It really made an impact on me! While this does have around 200 reviews on Goodreads, showing that it wasn’t super under-rated, I still think it deserves to be highlighted :)
2. Across the Mersey (Campion Family #1) by Annie Groves
This is one of those series’ that end up in clearance bins at newsagencies and it makes me sad because Annie Groves is AMAZING. This series is just the best! Her writing is brilliant, and so are her historical facts and details. This series deserves more credit!
3. The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark
Not a super unpopular book, but definitely one that I absolutely loved and wished it had more recognition!
4. The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
I read this a couple of months ago and will hopefully soon be putting a review up. This was such a great Australian YA book. Those can be hard to come by, so it was such a pleasure to discover this. Not doing too badly in Australia, but I want it to be a global hit!
5. The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn
Another AMAZING Australian YA. This is a set in a post-apocalyptic type world when a nuclear winter sets in. It’s set in the area I live in as that is where the author is from, so I had an extra connection to it. Claire Zorn understands teenagers – I have heard many stories about this book getting reluctant teens reading!
6. Burnt Snow by Van Badham
While I’m on a bit of an Australian YA role, I thought I’d add Burnt Snow to this list. Once again, a book I read several years ago and reviewed in my early Goodreads days. This is a paranormal novel, and it is freaking brilliant. Unfortunately, it ended on a crazy cliffhanger and the sequel has yet to come out, but it’s still worth it. Yay for good Australian YA fiction!
7. Threads by Sophia Bennett
Ohmygosh. This is without a doubt one of the best YA/junior fiction novels I have ever read. The book is fun, with great writing and exciting things happening as well as touching on some important issues, such as sweatshop workers and child labour. BRILLIANT.
8. The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon
I read this a few months ago and it was just so great. It made me so happy. While it didn’t do too badly in Australia, and is yet to come out in the paperback, so still has a chance to become HUGE, I really have a lot of love for this book and hope it does really well. While I really love the cover, a few people I recommended it to turned it down, thinking that it would be light and superficial. While it was light and fun, it wasn’t frivolous, and the writing was lovely.