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Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated Novels I Really Want You To Pick Up!!

Hey guys! My prelims are finally, finally over but we were hit with bad news a few days ago :| My boards are being postponed by a month – which means I’ll only be free by the end of April :( But nevermind, I have one more month for prepping for my boards, and I’ll try my best not to let my blogging and reading suffer at all.

Also, the last episode of SHERLOCK anyone???? Damn. That was one hell of a ride. (Don’t spoil anything for other readers in the comments please.)

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is all about all the underrated/hidden gems we read last year. I took a look at all the books I read last year and realized how lousy my reading was. I had picked up 90% of hyped books, without putting in any effort to branch out and find out other types of reading and try out new things (which I’ve already begun doing this year) – and so I’m taking the liberty to talk about some of the most underrated books I’ve read in the last TWO years.

Here’s my list :


Annie’s Song – Catherine Anderson

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Why you need to read this : Heartwrenching romance, deaf-mute female lead (diversity), historical romance, swoonworthy male, will definitely make you shed tears, addresses issues like family abuse and rape.

The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Why you need to read this : Retelling of Indian epic (Mahabharata), lyrical writing, strong female, diversity, breathtaking story, complex humane characters, blurring the lines between good and bad, complex emotions at its best.

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

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Why you need to read this : Very emotional story, strong female characters, deals with abuse and mental trauma/torture, complex emotions portrayed so well, Hosseini’s magical writing.

One Day – David Nicholls

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Why you need to read this : Story spanning twenty years, character-driven, made-me-feel-so-much-my-god, reflects so many truths about life, realistic characters.

We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

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Why you need to read this : Psychological thriller about a school shooting, character-driven as well as engaging plot, shocking twists, realistic characters, strong narrative.

Wrecked – Maria Padian

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Why you need to read this : Deals with issues like campus rape and the justice system, realistic characters who are both good and bad, excellent storytelling, thought-provoking message.

Making A Mango Whistle – Bibuthibhushan Bandyopadhyay

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Why you need to read this : Heartwrenching story about a pair of siblings, beautiful narration, family life in rural area portrayed so well, sibling relationship on point, very sad but also so beautiful.

The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes

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Why you need to read this : Historical fiction + contemporary, you-get-the-best-of-both-genres, WWII story, very humane characters who struggle and make mistakes but still reflect human complexity, engaging storyline, romantic at times.

The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult

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Why you need to read this : Another historical fiction + contemporary, WWII story, depressing but beautifully written, romantic, moral values are questioned, extremely thought-provoking.

A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

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Why you need to read this : Family saga, simple yet engaging story, characters are very relatable and realistic, wonderful storytelling, reflects how small things have a huge impact.


So those were all the books which I feel you should definitely try out, if the genre and the storyline interests you. I loved all these books, and mostly rated them a 4/5 stars.

Have you read any of these books? What are YOUR favorite underrated books?

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25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated Novels I Really Want You To Pick Up!!

  1. I seriously want to read The Palace of Illusion! I’ve seen it around since last year but I never see it in my country 😂 also Wrecked sounds like an amazing read especially because it deals with important issues like that! I’m in search for more books dealing with rape culture so I’m gonna have to check it out. Great list! :D

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  2. I like David Nicholls. His novel _Us_ is a nice read, too. Then Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt is fantabulous. Each book reveals yet another facet of the astute observer of human nature, amateur historian, and writer. Then Anita Shreve. I’ve read several of her novels, and loved them.

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  3. I’ve heard a lot about Wrecked, I haven’t read it yet though. There’s always different kind of feelings when it comes to the books with bigger meanings! I still want to check it out soon though. Great picks and post :)

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            1. I actually really want them to get over ASAP – it’s much better to just be done with the whole ordeal than having to wait for two more months to begin. But anyway, what’s done’s done.

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