Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantabulous folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about underrated books: my ten personal favorites that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads! Working on this list while waiting for the electrician to come by and restore power to half my house made this morning much less frustrating than it could have been, lol. #adulting
→ Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan at 1,903 ratings
This came out back in 2008, and was one of my first YA books I ever read following middle school. The main character can hear people’s thoughts, most commonly all of her classmates thinking she’s fat and disgusting. The whole novel deals with the social mess that is high school, fatphobia, homophobia, estranged family, and that it takes more than mind reading to truly know someone.
→ In A Perfect World by Laura Kasischke at 1,898 ratings
Seriously one of the most underrated books I’ve ever read. A lot of people dislike Jiselle in this post-apocalyptic adult novel; in any other book she would be the damsel in distress with no personality to boot, but here she is determined in her own small way, and navigates the story with a realistic lack of ease that warmed me up to her immensely for her subdued yet defined drive to live. Basically, this is post-apoc with no action whatsoever, more like what real people would do if America destroyed the world.
→ Sunstone, volume 1 by Stjepan Šejić at 1,890 ratings
I tried to limit myself to one (or two) graphic novels for this list, because a lot of them do have a seriously low amount of ratings, but this series is one of my new favorites and I want more people to know about it. Yes, it’s a lesbian BDSM comic. However, it is extremely well written, with gorgeous art and a huge emphasis on healthy, safe, and consensual sex. Plus, the relationships are explored in an imaginative yet realistic way. I would seriously be their best friends just to hang out with everyone in this series. They’re so funny and awesome. Don’t let the taboo topic turn you away!
→ Come As You Are by Dr. Emily Nagoski at 1,873 ratings
When sex is talked about in an educational or intellectual context, it is rarely talking about women’s sexual drives. I don’t think the word “clitoris” was even whispered in my high school health class. Enter Dr. Emily Nagoski: Proving the science behind what makes the female body tick, and educating the masses to dismantle the complexities that obscure women’s sexuality. Shoutout to Oh Joy Sex Toy for inviting Dr. Nagoski to do a webcomic about her research for the site.
→ If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo at 1,791 ratings
A novel by a trans woman, about trans women (and with a trans model on the cover!) One of the best books of 2016 that I’ve read so far. Check out my in-depth (and quite emotional) review here.
→ Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle at 1,758 ratings
Recommended to all my fellow book bloggers over the age of 21. For the rest of you, ask somebody to get this for you for your 21st birthday! It’s hilarious and makes me actually enjoy spending time in my kitchen. (I’m not a very good cook, but I can make a mean Joy Luck Club Soda.)
→ Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss at 1,022 ratings
A grade school favorite of mine featuring a mystery surrounding a doll house in modern Boston. I loved the detail around different periods of Boston, and the mystery about what happened in the house so many decades before the main character moved in. Creepy and thrilling.
→ Reduced Shakespeare: The Attention-Impaired Reader’s Guide to the World’s Best Playwright by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor at 229 ratings
If you’ve never seen the Reduced Shakespeare Company, go watch their videos on YouTube immediately. Two of the performers wrote this book as a Dummy’s Guide to Shakespeare, and filled it to the brim with in-jokes and hilarious absurdities about his life. Witty commentary abound!
→ 1001 Emerald Nights by Terry LaBan at 59 ratings
This was my first comic book as a kid, and I’m shocked that so few people have even heard of it. I loved it so much, from the story to the stunning artwork and the way that Green Lantern and the Arabian Nights go together so beautifully. Seriously recommend that more people try and pick this up. I honestly have no idea if it’s still in print.
→ The Gender Book by Mel Reiff Hill at 38 ratings
Even though the cover looks like it was made in MS Paint, this book is the most comprehensive guide to gender and sexuality that I have ever seen in an easy-to-read format. Originally in a webcomic, Mel & Jay turned it into an actual book that now circulates through the LGBTQ community (with some help). I personally bought a copy for the LGBTQ Student Center that I work at so we have this indispensable resource for students and parents alike to use.
Have you guys read any of the books on this list? What books are on your own Top Ten lists? Feel free to share & comment below! Happy blogging ♥