This week's prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is "Top Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books We've Read In The Past Year Or So." I've decided to follow their lead and narrow this down by only including books I've read in the past year that have fewer than 500 ratings on Goodreads.
I'm listing them alphabetically by title, and all but one of the titles is linked to my review of that book, if you want to know more about them. And I've included my movie-style rating in parentheses for those who are interested.
Ain't We Got Fun by Emily Chapman and Emily Ann Putzke -- a fun, light-hearted collection of letters between two sisters during the Great Depression. (G)
Greenwillow by B. J. Chute -- a quiet, gentle story of people living in the idyllic English countryside about a hundred years ago. (PG-13)
I, Claudia by Charity Bishop -- a fictionalized account of how Pontious Pilate and his wife Claudia married, went to Jerusalem, and were involved in Jesus Christ's trial and death. (PG-13)
Letters on an Elk Hunt by a Woman Homesteader by Eleanor Pruitt Stewart -- an enthralling collection of real-life letters from an intrepid woman in the last days of the Old West. (PG)
And Now Tomorrow by Rachel Field -- a rich, engrossing story about a deaf woman and the doctor who brings her hope of hearing once again. (PG)
Once by Elisabeth Grace Foley, Rachel Heffington, J. Grace Pennington, Emily Ann Putzke, Suzannah Rowntree, and Hayden Wand -- six fairy tale retellings with settings ranging from the Old West to steampunk to WWII to fairy tale kingdoms. (PG-13)
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay -- a beautiful look at how love can both repair and damage people. (PG-13)
Sixguns and Society: A Structural Study of the Western by Will Wright -- an in-depth look at how western films changed as America's society changed during the 20th century. (PG-13)
Song of the Ëan by Emily Nordberg -- a high-fantasy story about a pampered young noble who becomes mixed up with guerrilla fighters and sets about righting some grievous wrongs. I'm not done reading this yet, but so far I'd rate it PG.
The World of Raymond Chandler (In His Own Words) edited by Barry Day -- Chandler is my favorite author, and this collection of his letters gave me lots of insight into his life and writing. (PG-13)
That's all for this week, friends! Have you read any of these? Did you participate in TTT this week too? Do you have some "hidden gems" you'd like to recommend to me? Please share!