Everybody knows that some books are fabulous. Harry Potter, of course....
Over 2,000,000 people have read Harry Potter #7 on Goodreads, with an average rating of 4.62. That's amazing.
There's also Game of Thrones...
Over 1,500,000 million people have read Game of Thrones on Goodreads, with an average rating of 4.45.
I'm happy so many people have read and loved Harry and Game. But I've read some unbelievably good books that have been overlooked. Let me share some of my favorites....
Two Wallace Stegner books, Crossing to Safety and Angle of Repose, both rated higher than 4.10, but neither has more than 50,000 readers.
An amazing MG book, Ghost, by Jason Reynolds is rated 4.22, but has only been read by a little more than 10,000 readers.
I can't believe that less than 1500 people have read the complex and intriguing Gold Bug Variations.
Ellen Gilchrist is a sadly neglected author. Two of my favorite books of hers have less than 1,000 readers each.
Is there any writer who captures families better than Richard Yates? Yet Easter Parade only has 6500 readers?
Why is J.L. Carr's novel, A Month in the Country, finding less than 6,000 readers?
Over 200,000 people have read Pearl Buck's Good Earth on Goodreads, but what about...
Pavilion of Women by Pearl Buck is rated 4.12, higher than Good Earth.
You've read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, but what about The Grass Harp? Capote is a masterful writer of fiction, too.
In Iceland, everyone knows the name Halldor Laxness, but not so many people outside his homeland.
People raved to me about True Grit for years, but it was only within the last five years that I finally broke down and read it. Now I number among the TG ravers.
I ran across The Radium Girls at a library conference. It's a powerful true story.
Now this is just sad. The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction is a collection of brilliant pieces of creative nonfiction. No one who considers herself a writer should miss reading this book.
I don't read scary and Robert McCammon is a name I associate with scary. Boy's Life is not scary; it is an excellent novel. It is ridiculous that only a little over 20,000 people have read this book at Goodreads.
Mrs. Bridge is a contemporary classic. How is it that so few people have read it?
I was completely fascinated with this collection of letters. Others are taken with it, too, with an average rating of 4.35, but why so few people?
If you love historical fiction, you must seek out this book by French author Zoe Oldenbourg. Trust me on this. It is a travesty that less than two hundred people have found this masterpiece.
There has never been a better book written that deals with themes of the conflict of spirituality and creativity than My Name is Asher Lev.
I read anything---stories for adults, stories for children---by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who, sadly, passed away last year. This book is pure fun.
I'm not a sports reader, as a general rule, but this book tugged at my heart.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand has over half a million ratings on Goodreads. Here are a few more nonfiction books that are deserving of more readers:
Have you read any of these? What hidden gems do you know about? Share your favorites with me.
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