October 3, 2015

31 Days of Book Pics - Day 3 - Underrated

Today's prompt is "underrated"- so I went through my Goodreads, looking for books which I gave 5 stars, but which received an average of less than 4 stars over all. (Just so you know, I don't give 5 stars lightly - my Goodreads average rating is 3.7.)

I somewhat arbitrarily chose six titles: 

  • William Ryan's The Darkening Field, an excellent Soviet-era mystery. (I interviewed William Ryan here.)
  • Bill Bryson's At Home, a great history of home life.
  • Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union, a mystery set in an alternate universe where the US let the Jews into Alaska, thus avoiding most of the Holocaust.
  • Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan's The Royal We, a Will-and-Kate type romance. (I gushed about how much I loved it here.)
  • Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, a mesmerizing, cyclical novel about a woman who keeps living different iterations of the same life.
  • Ariana Franklin's The Siege Winter, a thriller set during the succession war of Stephen and Matilda in 12th century England. (Find my full review here.)

What book(s) do you find underrated?

This is Day 3 of my 31 Days of Book Pics series for 2015. I'd love it if you'd play along on Instagram and Twitter by posting a bookish picture each day of October. Don't forget to hashtag your photos with #31bookpics so that I can find them! Click the image below to find the whole series!