Recommendations: Underrated Books

Hi and welcome to the reading world!

Today I’m going to be sharing some underrated books I’ve read and loved. If you’re planning on shopping Independent Bookstore Day and want a few extra titles to add to your wish list, feel free to read through this post and check out my Bookstagram post featuring my 4.5 and 5 star reads this year that I’ll be sharing soon!

What makes a book “underrated” is subjective, but I decided to use Goodreads ratings as a rough estimate of how wide an audience the book has potentially reached.

Today’s books all have less than 7,000 Goodreads ratings- still a large number, but definitely not in the hundreds of thousands many books popular on social media have and yet they’re still awesome reads too! These are the 3 backlist books that I want to take some time to shout out today on the blog! Let’s get started.

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The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

This is a sci-fi that I read as part of Blackathon 2021 and is also a Book of Cinz recommendation! It’s follows an island where an alien species has made contact and decided to live amongst humans. The tension between the aliens and humans and the story that unfolds are built up in a way that feels like I was watching a movie or tv series waiting to see what happened next, and I didn’t see the ending coming. I gave this one 4 stars, and I highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a sci-fi standalone!

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A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark

This one isn’t a full length novel, but the first novel in this series is actually due out in May and this is a fun and fast paced introduction! Fatma is a character that thinks and dresses sharply, and her banter and wits are unparalleled. I can’t wait to read her story in the upcoming novel A Master of Djinn on May 11th, but if you want to get a sneak peek of why I’m so excited for that book check out A Dead Djinn in Cairo!

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Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

So, confession time. I accidentally read Recipe for Persuasion before Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, which is the first in this contemporary romance series. And while that book is now definitely on my TBR, I loved Recipe for Persuasion so much I had to talk about it! This isn’t solely focused on a lighthearted romance- there is discussion of very serious topics in this story. Please check out a resource such as The Storygraph where readers can compile a comprehensive list of triggers for a given book in order to help inform you prior to reading. Recipe for Persuasion handles difficult topics that the characters deal with while still showing them trying to move forward with their lives- finding love, happiness, and moments of light despite the trauma they’ve experienced. It’s a story I think back on often and I still love the story of the two main characters as they come into their own.

So, there are my underrated book recommendations! Have you read any of these? Be sure to let me know what underrated books you’d recommend in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Rae

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