Underrated Favorites || Books that need more love…

So today I wanted to post something, and since my review for Little Girl Gone isn’t quite ready yet, I thought I’d go for a Top 5 Wednesday post since it’s been forever since I’ve done one. In case you’re unfamiliar with T5W, it is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Each week we give our Top 5 answers for the category given. For more info on the meme, or a list of weekly topics, check out the T5W Goodreads group.


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This week’s Top 5 topic is :: Favorite Underrated Books!

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.

When I think about underrated books, there are so, so many good books that pop in mind. Books that I’ve rated four and five stars, that most of my blogging and Goodreads friends haven’t read or even heard of. I know I’ve mentioned a couple of these before, but that’s ok… and after narrowing it down to just five, here is what I came up with:

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Seeing Evil by Jason Parent

Alright, so yes, I have mentioned this book in another T5W post, but I just can’t stress enough how amazing this horror novel is. Jason Parent is a wonderful writer and both him and his work are underrated. Try this novel. Especially if you enjoy a great horror story. It has every element needed to create a suspenseful, creepy story, and you will be thanking me in the end.

Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross

This is actually the second book in the Beau Rivage series, but this is one of those “series” that doesn’t have to be read in order. Each book in the series is its own fairytale retelling, and this one is by far one of my favorites. Tear You Apart is a Snow White retelling, full of fantastical descriptions, magic, and wonder. It’s absolutely amazing and I’m surprised more people haven’t read this book/series yet!

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

When this book first came out, I think there was a little hype over it, if I’m remembering correctly. It’s been a while since I’ve read this one, but the story has stuck with me this entire time. Such an odd, unique story, and I highly recommend this book!

The Lake House by Kate Morton

Wow. Wow. Wow. I love this book! And it definitely doesn’t get the love it deserves. I was a bit hesitant about it going in, but ended up being totally amazed. This was such a suspenseful, beautiful tale, and if you’re a lover of Historical Fiction like I am, you must check out this hidden gem.

Little Peach by Peggy Kern

Another book I’ve mentioned before… but I can’t sing its praises enough. A diverse read with POC characters, LGBT characters, mental abuse, and lots more, this is an emotional tale that will have your heart crying big salty tears.

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What are some of your favorite underrated books? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? If so, what’d ya think? Let me know below!

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71 thoughts on “Underrated Favorites || Books that need more love…

  1. Great picks for this week Megan. I actually have Tear You Apart on my bookshelves but I’ve still yet to get around to it. I read Kill Me Softly when it was released and really really loved it so I’m not sure why I haven’t picked up this companion novel yet. Hopefully I’ll love it as much as you did! 😀

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    1. Thanks, Steff! Seeing Evil has a little bit of a paranormal aspect to it, with the main character being able to “see” things in his visions, but I still think you’d enjoy it. If you’re looking for something creepy but with a little more “reality” to it, I’d check out The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly… just because there’s no paranormal or fantasy thrown in, and the plot is something that “could possibly” even happen in real life. So check them out and if you end up reading any, let me know what ya think! 🙂

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    1. Oh, yeah… the title threw me off at first too. But absolutely, this story is HEAVY. Heavy and emotional.I won’t spoil it for you by telling you where the term “Little Peach” comes from, or how it ties into the story, but it’s overall quite a sad situation/book. I hope you read it and let me know your thoughts on it!

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  2. I read and loved “The Lake house”. It has a score over 4 on Goodreads with 53,840 people who rated it. Seems it already has quite a bit of love. LOL
    (My favorite Kate Morton novel has to be “The forgotten garden”.)

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  3. I own a copy of The Lake House, but have yet to read it, so I am very excited to see it on this list!

    Another blogger friend of mine raves about Little Peach too! Obviously I need to look into that one as well since you are the second trusted blogger who recommends it!

    Great list Megan 🙂

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      1. Have you looked in a mirror? You’re gorgeous, girl! Bet your kid is a little cutie pie!
        This was so much fun bc I got to know you and the girls so much more. I’m jacked to read book two and I’m so glad we did this group!

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      2. I have, but when I look in the mirror, I’m pretty sure I don’t see the same things everyone else sees 😉 But anyways… I agree! I loved chatting with you all (when I could anyway)… I missed out on a lot of the good convos but I’ll try to stay up to date on the messages this time around lol!

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