We live many different lives as a reader, through the stories we read. While some books end up becoming classics, others are loved for being delightful debuts, there are a lot of books that are not discussed as much as they deserve the word. And though a lot of books fail to get the public recognition, the stories they house are sometimes all the more worth reading. They slip past being noticed and remain unread by a vast majority of readers. Here are some underrated reading suggestions waiting to be read by you. You sure shouldn’t miss out on living the experiences these books have to offer!
This remarkable and award winning prose novel is laced with humour though it presents a reflective train of thought form the author. Bernadine Evaristo explores the question of racism in an interesting manner. Evaristo poses a question to her readers- What if the history of slave trade had been reversed and the Africans were the ones who had enslaved the Europeans? The character through which the author explains this, is Doris. Doris is an Englishwoman, who lives with her sisters. One day while playing, she strays off away from home and is kidnapped to be enslaved later. This is not just one of the underrated books you surely must read, it is also one of the most imaginative narratives, ever written.
If you are a fan of individuals- meet- while- travelling trope, this one is a sure delight. Ted Severson meets Lily Kinter on a flight from London to Boston. Before they can realize, they find themselves playing a game of truth and revealing personal details in front of each other. Ted while telling Lily about his troubled marriage, goes a little too far. What started as fun takes a maleficent turn when Lily volunteers to help murder Ted’s wife.
Set in the summer of 1955, it is the story of Ethan Harper, who is sent to live with his white relatives in Alabama. Sixteen year old mixed race Ethan very soon finds himself amidst people whose minds are tinier than the town of Ellison. Juniper Jones on the other hand, is very different from rest of the residents of Ellison. An artist who has no intention of fitting into the crowd of this small town, Juniper, along with Ethan, decides to enjoy an incredible summer ahead of them. One of the underrated books, this coming of age novel speaks for itself.
A remarkable debut by Vanderah, ‘Where the Forest Meets the Stars’ might be one of the underrated books, but is surely one of the most delightful stories about love and trust. When Joanna returns to her graduate research after battling cancer, and losing her mother, she tries to forget the weight of her past, by surrendering to work. Joanna’s solitariness is broken when a girl named Ursa enters the cabin one day. Ursa has no past records or family history. On being asked where she’s from, Ursa tells Joanna that she belongs to the stars and is on earth with a purpose. While Joanna allows Ursa to stay with her, she sets out to find more about this little girl, with the help of Gabriel, her neighbor. This one is an extremely intriguing read.
Magical realism and the charm of a small town come together in this beautiful story by Webber. Blue has a real talent of finding lost things. There have been times when she has chanced upon wallets, lost pets, jewelry pieces. But what shocks Blue is when she finds an abandoned baby in the forest. It is not just Blue Bishop, but another character Sarah Grace also has some connection with this new-born left south of a rare buttonweed tree. Little are Blue and Sarah aware of the purpose, with which this little new-born girl has been introduced to their lives.