Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week’s theme: Top Ten Underrated Books
1. “The Wild Things” by Dave Eggers: Yeah, it’s a re-adaptation of the original Maurice Sendak book, “Where the Wild Things Are”, but when this book came out, it got virtually NO attention (though the movie did). Eggers helped make the film, so I thought this was pretty unfair, and the book is AWESOME.
2. Anything by John Ajvide Lindqvist that isn’t “Let the Right One In” – Don’t get me wrong, “LTROI” is one of my favorite books of all time, but his other releases haven’t gotten as much attention outside of Sweden. Last year, he released “Handling the Undead”, which was marvelous, and this year, he’s released “Harbour”, which I haven’t gotten to yet, but I will.
3. “Wasteland” by Francesca Lia Block: How could I forget this one? Tying with “Lolita”, this is my all-time favorite read, and upon its release, again, almost no fanfare. Which is totally ridiculous, even considering its risky content for YA.
4. Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” duology: until she died, she didn’t get much attention outside of the sci-fi genre world (and even there, compared to many other authors, she didn’t get much attention either), but this duology is one of her finest works after “Fledgling” (her final work before her death). You want dystopia? Check out “Parable of the Sower”. Seriously. It raised the hair on the back of my neck.
5. Books from small presses: this is more of a general thing under the “underrated books” catagory – some of the best books (and favorites) that I’ve ever read have come from presses way smaller than the big houses in New York. This is starting to include kindle/nook pubit authors, too. And how do you think some of the biggest selling authors got to where they are now? That’s right. Smaller presses first.
I can’t think of anything else at the moment, since I’m rushing to prepare for my desert trip! So what are your top ten this Tuesday?