The last Top 5 Wednesday of January 2017, my friends!
This week’s topic: Favorite Underrated Books
According to Goodreads: Give some love to those books that aren’t as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love.
I’ve got quite a few of these on my list! These aren’t necessarily my top five, as I can’t really choose, but they’re definitely some of my top picks.
Sword of Shannara | Terry Brooks
On my mother’s recommendation, I began reading the Shannara books in high school as a substitute to The Lord of the Rings. I quickly fell in love with Brooks’s world and characters. The Elfstones of Shannara is obviously the most popular of the original trilogy (it’s my favorite as well), but The Sword of Shannara is the gateway book to the Shannara series. It’s a wonderfully exciting book with lovable characters, and I think it deserves some love if not more than that of its successors.
The Scorpio Races | Maggie Steifvater
The Raven Cycle series is Stiefvater’s most popular books and they are currently a relevant topic in the bookish community. I read The Raven Boys and wasn’t immediately blown away by it, and so I haven’t read the rest of the books just yet. In my honest opinion, though, The Scorpio Races is Steifvater’s best work in terms of character development and plot execution. Every aspect of this book is purposeful and thoughtfully done. I love this book and I really want others to notice its brilliance and to fall in love with it, too!
Glimmerglass | Jenna Black
I read this series back in my faerie phase in high school. I was reading faerie themed books left and right and I eventually stumbled across Glimmerglass on my e-reader. It got pretty high ratings and so I gave it a chance. I’m insanely happy that I did because it’s become one of my favorite faerie themed books. It’s got drama, romance, action, humor, and some really great characters. Needless to say, I highly recommend this one to those who haven’t read the series!
Pendragon | D.J. MacHale
I read this series as a substitute to Harry Potter and though it probably doesn’t match up to that mega series, it still does all right on it’s own. D.J. MacHale does wonderfully in creating multiple universes and dimensions, and his protagonist, Bobby Pendragon, is so lovable, you’ll want to read every last book to follow him unto the end of his adventures.
Persuasion | Jane Austen
I feel that if Pride and Prejudice hadn’t been published, Persuasion would be the book that everybody couldn’t stop talking about. Or maybe I’m just biased. Persuasion is my second favorite book from Austen (P&P being the first, of course), and I mostly love it for the sophisticated story line and well-developed characters. In all honesty, I believe it is superbly written and is much more mature than Pride and Prejudice.