TOP TEN TUESDAY: Underappreciated books by popular authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’m putting a twist on this week’s topic – secondary/minor characters who deserve more love – because the only one I could think of was Ragnar from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series, and I was stumped on who I could feature in the other nine spots.

Instead, I’ve chosen to shine a light on ten books by really popular authors which seem to have slipped under the radar for some reason. It might be because they’re early books, it might be because they’re in a different genre, but these books deserve more love.

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens

A book I don’t mention a lot by one of my favourite authors, The Guggenheim Mystery is Robin Stevens’ continuation of Siobhan Dowd’s The London Eye Mystery series. Siobhan Dowd sadly passed away, but Robin Stevens was tasked with continuing the story she began in The London Eye Mystery as a tribute towards her. I ended up enjoying Stevens’ sequel more than the first book in the series, and it’s currently the only book she’s published which isn’t part of the Murder Most Unladylike universe. I really enjoyed seeing her writing something outside of her comfort zone.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Everyone and their dog read at least one book in the Twilight series, whether they enjoyed them or not. I read the entire series (well, I haven’t picked up Midnight Sun… yet), but when I read The Host I found myself blown away by how much better the story was. The dystopian world is unique, the alien race is fascinating, and the world is brilliantly built. I’m still mad about the fact that this didn’t end up turning into a trilogy like we were promised.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

I enjoyed this short story collection of tales set in Bardugo’s mythical world of Ravka much more than I enjoyed the Shadow & Bone trilogy. Written like traditional fairy tales, but with a much more fantastical setting, The Language of Thorns deserves more love than it gets.

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

I don’t think I’ve heard anyone mention Lips Touch: Three Times in quite a while. This was the first Laini Taylor book I read (and is, admittedly, the only one of her books which I haven’t rated 5 stars), but – as I’ve already mentioned – I’m a sucker for a short story collection so I recommend this one even though it didn’t blow me away. I do wonder whether I’d love it more upon a reread, because Laini Taylor’s lyrical writing can be hard to get used to at first, but we’ll have to wait and see.

On Writing by Stephen King

Stephen King’s fiction writing gets a lot of love, but not nearly enough people have read his non-fiction book on writing as a craft. I need to read this again, because I found it very inspirational and it’s fascinating to look into the mind of a master and see exactly what makes him tick.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

A lot of people have read The Priory of the Orange Tree, but no one seems to love it the same way I do. People call it ‘boring’ and ‘too long’ and to those people I say… PAH! Yes, this was my first experience of an epic fantasy standalone, so if I had more experience of the genre I might not love it quite as much, but I adored this book and wish it got more love.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Everyone loves Heartstopper. Everyone loves Loveless. But my favourite Alice Oseman book is Radio Silence, and I still don’t hear enough people talking about how brilliant this book is. A super fan discovers she’s friends with the anonymous creator of her favourite podcast, and when his identity is exposed to the world it looks like it might be the end of everything she loves. If that doesn’t make you want to pick this book up, you’re a monster.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I’m not sure whether I’ll love The Wolves of Mercy Falls series as much when I reread it, so I have been putting it off. However, I’m surprised that more people don’t seem to be picking these books up. The Raven Boys is extremely hyped, and the Dreamer trilogy is getting a lot of love as well, but even though there are a lot of Maggie Stiefvater fans out there they don’t seem to be exploring her back catalogue. This was one of the first trilogies I actually finished, and I was captivated by Sam and Grace’s story – it’s a shame that this one seems to have been forgotten.

Soulmates by Holly Bourne

A confession: I also don’t appreciate Soulmates enough, because I haven’t actually read it yet. Oops. However, this is Holly Bourne’s debut novel – a dystopian novel, completely removed from the contemporaries that she is best known for.

Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

I’m literally the only person I’ve ever seen talking about this series on the Bookternet. It doesn’t help that it’s quite a few years old – the last book was released in 2013, and the first book is ten years old this year – but it deserves to be shouted about, so you better believe I’m going to mention it at every possible opportunity! If you loved Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series or her adult mystery series Stillhouse Lake, please please PLEASE give the Revivalist series a chance.

I hope you enjoyed my twist on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic!

See you again next week,