I’m one of those people that likes to read hyped books. I judge books by their covers and I’m sold when I see a blurb from a well respected author on the cover. But sometimes, that rare jewel comes around and as soon as you start raving about it, you realize that no one has ever even heard of the book you’re screaming about.
This is a list of 5 books that I really enjoyed. They each have less than 4,000 ratings on Goodreads!
Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments That Matter by Annie F. Downs
This is non-fiction, you guys. If you’re new here, let me fill you in: I rarely read non-fiction. But I REALLY enjoyed this book. I needed it and I found it at the exact right time. I immediately fell in love with Annie’s writing style and her voice, feeling like I really knew her by the last page. Since I read this book (which I’m reviewing next week), I’ve picked up two of her other books. She’s my friend now. She has a buyer for life. (I guess I should tell you what the book entails, eh?) This book calls us to remember who God is and who He’s called us to be and encourages us to find the beautiful moments in every day that He has crafted.
Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis
This book follows two parallel plots that eventually come together, ending with a SHOCK. Kelly is a woman whose infant daughter was kidnapped and she’s been searching for her over the course of eight years. Laura is an Amish woman, serving as a nanny for a young girl whose parents was killed in an accident. The girl’s uncle has taken on the role of father in little Natalie’s life and his web gets intertwined with both Laura and Kelly as he struggles to figure out his heart. This is a book that my grandma lent me (and when Nanny gives me a book to read, you know I’m gonna drop everything and dive in) and I thoroughly enjoyed. If you enjoy stories that are simply and yet incredibly complex, this is a great read for you! (Also, I mentioned this last week in my post about books that made me cry!)
Myrren’s Gift by Fiona McIntosh
I read this trilogy back in high school and it’s the reason I love high fantasy books to this day. The world building and unique magical abilities and the action…I really enjoyed this story! What’s interesting is if I go back and check out the book’s Goodreads page, it has so many negative reviews. Listen to me, friends: if you want to just read a book and get swept away by it, then give this story a chance. (Note: It’s literally been like 8 years or so since I’ve read it…so if it’s poorly written, I don’t remember. I just remember it was thrilling.)
The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
Lucy works for an upscale interior decorator, running both his calendar and his shop front. When her long-time secret is discovered by her boyfriend, it all hits the fan. But then his grandmother invites Lucy on a trip…to England…to visit all their favorite literary locations (and take part in a secret of her own.) As someone who loves British literature, I enjoyed reading this book. I was able to relive what it was like to read classic books for the first time and it made me want to hop on a plane and jump across the pond, myself. It’s not the best book of all time, but worth a read if you love classic literature!
Dr. Thorne by Anthony Trollope
Speaking of classic literature, let’s end this list with Dr. Thorne. Talk about some social commentary, Trollope writes with so much gusto and his opinions are clear, but at the same time he writes like an old friend. His style is wholly unique. We’ve heard a million stories that touch on the powers of money and morality, but this one is different. This story is great and Julian Fellowes (of Downton Abbey fame) has an entertaining BBC retelling of this classic.
What are some books you’ve read that you feel are underrated? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn