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August 9: Top Ten Underrated Books (books you can’t believe aren’t more popular, books that are more obscure, etc.)
1. Julia Alvarez’s A Cafecito Story – This brief work filled me in on green farming in the Dominican Republic. Also, offers a little romance, a little fable, and a lot of importance in today’s global community.
2. Linda Lael Miller’s Vampire Series – Of all the vampires I’ve encountered in literature and other media, the folks presented in Miller’s quartet are my favorite.
3. Madame de (Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne) La Fayette’s The Princess of Cleves – Here’s a work considered by many to be the first historical fiction novel. She wrote and published a book about the 1500s in the 1600s. As a librarian, I admire Madame de La Fayette’s mad research skills.
4. Winifred Watson’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – I can’t recommend this 1930’s Cinderella story enough to people. That may explain why it’s never on the shelf. Of course, it’s better than the movie.
5. Sarah Dessen’s Keeping the Moon – This is my favorite Dessen book. It’s on the lighter side and things work out in the end.
6. Sarah Dessen’s Dreamland – I feel this book is probably Dessen’s best work. However, I cried all the way through reading it as it tackles some very tough issues.
7. E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View – this amusing book either puts its readers in a good mood or a better mood. Also, I like that it differs from other Forster works.
8. Anya Seton’s Katherine – When are they going to make a movie of this?
9. Caroline B. Cooney’s What Child is This? A Christmas Story – Cooney is better known for The Face on the Milk Carton books. Yet, this yuletide book has remained with me longer. I always intend to review it some Christmas – maybe this year?
10. Linda Howard’s Open Season – Maybe its main character, a librarian, appeals to me most. Yet, I like recommending it to people who have read all the Stephanie Plum novels. I want to see this movie, too.