A few weeks ago, Publishers Weekly took to Twitter to ask readers which books they wished more people had read. Duly prompted, since then we’ve been thinking about the books we think are woefully under-read, under-appreciated or underrated, from the “lesser” works of famous writers to mostly forgotten or unacknowledged geniuses. Of course, a list like this is even more subjective than usual — a book that to our minds is criminally under-sung could be just the one all of your friends are talking about this month, not to mention the fact that any list of underrated books could be 50, 100, 500 entries long — but we thought we’d give it a try nonetheless. After all, if you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for something new to tack onto your reading list — so be sure to add to our list in the comments!
Adverbs, Daniel Handler
Handler, of course, is more famous in the literary world under his other name: Lemony Snicket. But before Lemony Snicket, there was Adverbs, a sort of bizarre, conceptual book of linked stories with language so delicious that every page is like a little thrill. It saddens us that no one we know has read this book (except the eight people we’ve forced it on, of course)