Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a state that you don't have to worry about being deprived of more books as long as you're near a library. This week's Top Ten is:
Top Ten Underrated Books
1. Dust City by Robert Paul Weston - Updated or revamped fairy tales are definitely making a nice comeback in today's literature, but I haven't seen this one discussed too much. Henry is a different kind of hero and the setting is definitely unique when you think about fairy tales. I would love to see this one grow in popularity.
2. Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer - As this is a debut novel, I can understand it not being discussed a lot on other blogs. However, it definitely discusses issues regarding relationships that would appeal to teens and adults.
3. Flawless by Lara Chapman - This is such a great light read, and I believe it would appeal to many different readers. With no heavy issues to weigh down the story, anyone could just sit back and enjoy the ride.
4. The Princess's Dragon by Susan Trombley - Books featuring dragons are still far and few between, and I think Trombley takes it to the next level by turning it into a transformation story.
5. The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison - This one has qualities similar to the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale only with a twist.
6. Ada Legend of a Healer by R.A. McDonald - From the independent circuit, this is one of my favorites that I was asked to review. As a girl-empowering story, it would be great to see its readership grow, and I hope to see the next part of Ada's story soon.
7. Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson - A graphic novel for paranormal readers who happen to like dogs, though it can be a rough read at times.
8. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause - Paranormal readers will hopefully find this an appealing early read for werewolf literature.
9. Instructions by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess - This is actually a children's book for both kids and adults. It discusses attributes of many different fairy tales, and even if readers aren't familiar with those stories, it's still an enjoyable read. I highly recommend this for parents.
10. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - For all the popularity of the Miyazaki film of the same name, I don't see this one mentioned much. The novel is actually somewhat different from how Miyazaki depicted and definitely worth a read.