100 Underappreciated Books

Book Blogger Appreciation Week LogoLast week during Book Blogger Appreciation Week bloggers were asked to recommend a book they thought wasn’t getting enough appreciation or recognition.  Almost 90 people weighed in with over 100 books.  I’ve compiled most of them here for any interested readers who don’t have time to go through the entire list.  I’ve included most of the titles mentioned unless they were children’s books or a post mentioned an author and I didn’t want to link every book that author has written.

The books are broken down into categories.  Just click the picture and you’ll be taken to Goodreads to find out more about each book.

Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction
Book cover of Yours Truly by Kirsty GreenwoodBook cover of The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp by Poppy Dolan

Mystery
Book Cover of The Beggar's Opera by Peggy BlairBook cover of The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts RinehartBook cover of Fieldwork by Mischa BerlinskiBook cover of The Weight of Silence by Heather GudenkaufBook cover of Before the Poison by Peter RobinsonBook cover of Blackwater by Kerstin EkmanBook cover of The Informationist by Taylor StevensBook cover of The Innocent by Taylor StevensBook cover of The Keep by Jennifer EganBook cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonBook cover of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

Young Adult
Book cover of Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey LeavittBook cover of The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenBook cover of The Survival Kit by Donna FreitasBook cover of The Incredible Journey by Sheila BurnfordBook cover of Tell it to Naomi by Daniel EhrenhaftBook cover of Dairy Queen by Catherine GIlbert MurdockBook cover of Awkward by Marni BatesBook cover of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat RosenfieldBook cover of Beautiful Malice by Rebecca JamesBook cover of North of Beautiful by Justina ChenBook cover of Flat Out Love by Jessica ParkBook cover of Reunited by Hilary Weisman GrahamBook cover of OyMG by Amy Fellner DominyBook Cover of Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch HummerBook cover of Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy
Book cover of Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiBook cover of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick NessBook cover of Minder by Kate KaynakBook cover of The 13th Horseman by Barry HutchisonBook cover of The China Garden by Liz BerryBook cover of The Tricksters by Margaret MahyBook cover of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. ValenteBook cover of Eyes Like Stars by Lisa MantchevBook cover of Exiled by M.R. MerrickBook cover of Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. MichelleBook cover of Entwined by Heather DixonBook cover of The Farwalker's Quest by Joni SenselBook cover of Blackbringer by Laini TaylorBook cover of Thornspell by Helen LoweBook cover of Plain Kate by Erin BowBook cover of A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. BunceBook cover of Icefall by Matthew J. KirbyBook cover of The Lost Conspiracy by Frances HardingeBook cover of Enchanted by Alethea KontisBook cover of Valor by Taylor LongfordBook cover of Envy by Gregg OlsenBook cover of Night of the Purple Moon by Scott CramerBook cover of The House of the Scorpion by Nancy FarmerBook cover of Akata Witch by Nnedi OkoraforBook cover of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorBook cover of Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Science Fiction
Book cover of Piper's Fury by Rachel FirasekBook cover of The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Classics
Book cover of Scaramouche by Rafael SabatiniBook cover of Tender is the Night by F. Scott FitzgeraldBook cover of Georges by Alexandre DumasBook cover of A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May AlcottBook cover of The Forsyte Saga by John GalsworthyBook cover of Precious Bane by Mary WebbBook cover of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Non-Fiction
Book cover of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil WhiteBook cover of The Insanity of God by Nik RipkenBook cover of Love They Rival by Chad GibbsBook cover of Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth KolbertBook cover of A Life Less Ordinary by Baby HalderBook cover of My Reading Life by Pat ConroyBook cover of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis BuzbeeBook cover of It Chooses You by Miranda JulyBook cover of Wild by Cheryl StrayedBook cover of The Dictionary of Accepted Ideas by Gustave FlaubertBook cover of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

Historical Fiction
Book cover of The Island House by Posie Graeme-EvansBook cover of Touch by Alexi ZentnerBook cover of The Birth House by Ami McKayBook cover of The Greenlanders by Jane SmileyBook cover of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov by Paul RussellBook cover of Under the Poppy by Kathe KojaBook cover of Beautiful Ruins by Jess WalterBook cover of Daniel's Garden by Meg NorthBook cover of The Heart of a Lie by Meg NorthBook cover of The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle NewmarkBook cover of The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish by Elise BlackwellBook cover of Mistress of Rome by Kate QuinnBook cover of The Angel Makers by Jessica GregsonBook cover of All I Asking for Is My Body by Milton MurayamaBook cover of Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow

Romance/Erotica
Book cover of The Wild Ones by M. LeightonBook cover of A Little Harmless Sex by Melissa Schroeder

Fantasy
Book cover of Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim PowersBook cover of Banewreaker by Jacqueline CareyBook cover of Freedom and Necessity by Steven BrustBook cover of Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Contemporary
Book cover of Candy by Mian MianBook cover of Banned for Life by D.R. HaneyBook cover of Echolocation by Myfanwy CollinsBook cover of The Ropewalk by John KnaufBook cover of The Human Bobby by Gabe RotterBook cover of Cord of Three by Karen ColleyBook cover of Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe WhittalBook cover for The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad ZamaBook cover of The Secret Lives of Bab Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Graphic Novel
Book cover of Fables by Bill Willingham

Poetry
Book cover of Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

I hope you’ve found this post helpful and maybe even found a new (or new to you) book to read.  If you’re interested in Book Blogger Appreciation Week, check out their website or see last week’s posts about it.

And what underappreciated book would you recommend?  What authors or books do you love that no one seems to have heard about?

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7 Responses to 100 Underappreciated Books

  1. myfanwyc says:

    Delighted to see my book on this list. Thank you very much! 

  2. samcgill says:

    I can second Collins’s Echolocation–definitely pick that one up! However,  I was surprised to see Girl With the Dragon Tattoo included. It’s an international bestseller with two movie versions–hardly what I would consider “underappreciated.” I’d add M.T. Anderson’s excellent book Feed to the YA sci-fi and fantasy.

    • Book Nympho says:

      Thanks for the extra recommendation! There were a few on here I thought were pretty popular as well…maybe one person in the world hasn’t heard of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

  3. sshabein says:

    Thanks for including my picks! One thing though — The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov is a novel, based on the real person. 

    • Book Nympho says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks for the correction regarding Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov, I’ll switch it to the historical fiction section.

  4. kimthedork says:

    Wow, this is awesome! I agree with what samcgill said below — some of these are not especially underappreciated. I saw a million people talking about The Fault In Our Stars, for example :)

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