Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by two lovely ladies named Lainey and Samanta over at their Goodreads Group. Each month, they provide you with weekly prompts.
This week’s topic is “Favorite Underrated Books”
“Give some love to those books that aren’t as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love.”
My Top 4
Paperweight by Meg Haston is the wonderful, moving story of a girl named Stevie. She has an eating disorder and is struggling with the loss of her brother. The story starts off as she is moving into a treatment center. We follow this journey and her development. Though this is a fiction novel, it’s such a realistic portrayal of mental illness and truly gives insight into the mind of someone suffering from an eating disorder. You should all read this. READ IT! (though I would not recommend this book to anyone who is currently suffering from an eating disorder because it might be triggering)
Hersenschimmen. Uhm what? Yes, this is a Dutch novel. BUT there is an English translation called Out of Mind. It’s told from the perspective of an old man suffering from Alzheimers Disease. We follow his daily life while his memories are slowly slipping away from him. This book is one of the most touching stories I have ever read. It allows the reader to get a glimpse of what it feels like to experience this heartbreaking illness. The writer accomplishes this by confusing the reader and making it progressively harder to understand what is happening. Reading this was such a life changing experience for me. I hope some of you will check it out. It’s totally worth it.
Deathnote and Fullmetal Alchemist are both on this list because I feel like manga, in general, is very underrated in the book community. Lot’s of people do read manga, but I feel like more people should give it a try. Maybe the format is strange and the covers aren’t too appealing but there are so many beautiful, interesting and thrilling stories out there. It’s also a great way to still read if you’re feeling to slumpy for a novel. These are the two mangas I have started and I love both of them. You should give it a try 🙂