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What are your favorite underrated books that people should know about?



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What are your favorite underrated books that people should know about?

Do you have a favorite book that only a few people know but you think, "this should be popular"? My underrated book is Karmic Hearts by Jhing Bautista, the story revolves around Karmina who is tired of living the same life every day and one day she wished on the wishing well. The next day, she started to see red, gold, black strings on the people's fingertips and it is connected to a certain person. She is now declared as a matchmaker. She needed to put five pairs of hearts in a jar for one year or else she needs to be alone in her whole life to be a matchmaker. Cupid, the god of love will be her guide to this peculiar job.

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Steve5

My underrated book would be "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore."

It's one of those intellectual yet funny books. I like that it has a posh yet casual voice for the narrator. It's about an unemployed guy getting hired as a bookkeeper or librarian. He meets the wise yet childlike Mr. Penumbra who takes a liking to him upon realizing his potential for great things.

There's a mystery regarding a secret society that could hold the secret to immortality. I'll leave it at that.



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vivalavanda

Ohhh. The Title is so interesting, I might give it a try. Thank you.



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Steve5

Yes, it's very interesting. That was also part of why I read the book. It's always been a curious thing to read such titles. Especially, those with libraries as their main setting.



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treecko142

This book sounds interesting, especially because I love a good mystery and I prefer when the tone is not too serious or not a pure comedy. Thanks for the recommendation.



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Steve5

You're welcome. It's actually a pretty decent book. But I would say that it could've had a better ending. Nonetheless, it was honest and realistic.



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jeffreyjose48

My underrated book would be Fourth dimension by Paul Yonggi Cho. In this book he shares about his life experiences. If only many people could read this book, I believe many lives will be changed.



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Martinsx1

The title of my favorite underrated book is "Pearls of Wisdom". I have actually forgotten the name of its author but this book is so priceless to me till date because of the immense assistance it has given me. I made it a point of duty to always pick out one word of wisdom and apply it to my daily life program. This helps me to keep focus and not lose sight on what I set out to achieve that very day.



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Barida

Wisdom is something that we can't just do without in life and the book that talks about wisdom is one that we should be looking at having as well. I have noticed that life is all about the need to understand the need for us to live a life which is based on wisdom for that will take us far in life.



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Adesuwa08

I like reading underrated books even more than the critically acclaimed ones, there are other people out there that got all it takes to win a noble book price for their works, but they aren't noticed. There are just so much of them I have read and I don't want to be bias about who to pick," the book of nothing" is one of my favorites it takes you into the journey's of a man searching for self discovery. I have forgotten the author's name but you can download if for free online, check it out.

There are underrated books of Cory Doctorow, there like six of them maybe not with titles like "I,Robert" and much more are free online too, I recommend them you will just be amazed and get more informed.



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vivalavanda

That's the problem when you enter in the writing world. There are so many books out there that are far better than the overrated books right now in the market. They're just not noticed because of certain things such as lack of advertisements and exposure. Anyway, I would try to read your recommendation. Thank you.



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Steve5

That sounds so cool. I like books with mysterious titles. Self-discovery is such a compelling topic. So I'll definitely check that out. It seems like many great authors remain undiscovered.

This is both the sad yet fascinating thing about literature. The truly great don't stand out unless someone points it out. And those that do know them prefer to keep to themselves. Because they regard it as a personal treasure. Like a great secret to keep.



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Barida

It's simply dependent on what we call underrated books for there are always many books that we can't say that they are not popular, but can't say they lack value. One thing that I always ensure that I do is get information about such type of book. I'm a big fan of Sam Adeyemi and reading his book on success is one that I can read over and over again.



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Martinsx1

Can you please recommend any particular book written by Sam Adeyemi. I have heard so many about his work and I'm itching to have one that would be worth reading. So please, if there is any particular one that is good enough which you have read, I would like to take a look at it as well.

Thanks.



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Barida

"The true leadership" is one of his works and I learnt so much by reading how he took out time to explain the best ways that you are going to have a good time by working on yourself, so that people will understand the benefits of being a true leader. This is one aspect of life that we should all be aspiring to get better at.



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DarthHazard

For me, it would have to be the biography of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The book was just amazing and it would be great for any football (or Soccer to you Americans) fans. The biography states everything from his youth to his days at some of the biggest football clubs in the world. It's such a good book and I have to say it was a great read. If anyone here knows Zlatan, they know how much of a fighter he is and how crazy he is. That book details everything amazing about him.



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Tronia

I think that anybody that has ever kept up with football in the recent years will know who Zlatan Ibrahimovi? is. He's a true legend and insanely talented player. A friend of mine actually met him in real life once and even took a picture next to him. He said that he's such a relaxed and down to earth guy.

Regarding his book, I haven't read it yet but I have been intrigued when I saw it advertised. I might pick it up since you're saying that it's great.



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DarthHazard

I'm not surprised, to be honest. Watching a few of his interviews and just him on the pitch as well, he just looks relaxed whenever. I wouldn't really say that he was a down to earth guy because he does love to big himself up. I mean he considers himself a lion and once said he didn't get his wife anything for her birthday since she already had him What are your favorite underrated books that people should know about?



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Kakashi2020

I do meditation a lot and there's this small book which has a tremendous effect on me, it change my whole perception of things.

The title of the book is How to Meditate and its author is Lawrence Le Shan.

It's a short book, simple to understand and quite straight forward. The views of the author was attained through experience. It basically details the shortcuts and correct procedures of meditation in layman's terms.

Just be careful when practicing the methods discussed in the book. It's too effective.



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DenisP

"I do meditation a lot and there's this small book which has a tremendous effect on me, it change my whole perception of things."

I myself am very much into meditation as well, so I'm glad to see a fellow meditator on here! I started off practicing meditation by reading the book Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield. He is a fantastic writer, and a lovely speaker as well. I listened to several of his dharma talks and audio books, and I've learned a heck of a lot from him. Of course I'm always looking to learn more, so I'm going to check out this How to Meditate book as well.



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DenisP

I honestly have more use from this thread than you'll have from me, because I'm such a mainstream reader it's terrible. The only novels I have ever read were ones that gained ridiculous mainstream popularity, such as A Song of Ice and Fire, Harry Potter, and the Lord of the Rings. If there was a movie adaptation of it, I probably read it. That being said, the lesser known books I've read are usually informative or self-help related, my favorite being The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield. It's a lovely book which describes utilizing Buddhist psychology to live a more peaceful, meaningful life.



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Steve5

It's okay. I'm also like that in some ways. I remember reading Harry Potter just like any other person. It's hard to escape mainstream media. That's why it's called that. Everyone seems to like it. We all read popular books like The Hunger Games.



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Pixie06

My favorite underrated book is Hate List by Jennifer Brown. That's a very nice story which I am sure people from all ages will love. This book is packed with emotions. I will recommend this book to anyone.



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jaymish3

My favorite underrated book is the Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. Shonda is the creator of four shows that show on ABC, USA. It's a book about a shy writer that realizes with all her sucess she owes it to herself to be more confident and have fun. I love, love this book and I don't think that's it's given enough attention.Her main message is that you may be successful , but you still need to grow as a person or you will still be unhappy. Money doesn't buy happiness.This book stresses the need for continued self growth no matter where you are in life.



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anahbello1206

My favorite underrated book would be "the girl in red". The story itself is sad, full of emotions and insights on how hard it is to be abandoned by your family and loves ones but amidst all that adversities that she is facing she find a lover who she thought loved her very much. Unfortunately, there comes the twist of the story which, I personally think makes the story exciting.



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Kakashi2020

I don't know if The Art of War by the military genius is Sun Tzu is underrated or not I just know that very few people nowadays knows about it.

This is the best strategy book ever created. It emphasizes the use of speed, misdirection and surprise in defeating ones enemy.



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DenisP

I'm quite familiar with The Art of War, as a lot of other sources of media often quote Sun Tzu from his work. The thing is though, is The Art of War worth the read for the average person? Most of us aren't exactly political leaders or wartime generals, so I wonder if there is any knowledge to be gained for the average person. Could the book be applied to daily life and interactions with other people?

If nothing else, I suppose it would be a good read for historical purposes.



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Kakashi2020

Zechariah Sitchins book titled "When Time Began" is a little known book which is a part of the Earth Chronicles series.

It's all about the historical account of time and when was it first used. This book answers all the things one should know about Time.



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NotTheSinger

Thomas Sterner’s The Practicing Mind for sure.

I've only read it recently, but I can’t help to appreciate the massive effect its already had on my life. It takes a good look on the sort perspective that you need to have productive practice sessions that leave you less stressed, less worried, and less inconsistent.

I've found that it’s much more difficult to be anxious or angry for very with this new mindset. You can really take it and apply it more generally to all aspects in your life.



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treecko142

I personally like Machine of Death, but it's a collection of short stories concerning one concept, which is living in a world where there is a machine that can tell you how you will die. The stories are funny and interesting, and you could read one story at a time.



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albino

I like to read Tao Te Ching this is written by Lao Tzu the taoist monk and translated into English version. This is all about the creation of the world the principles of life and nature. I like it very much because his teachings is written in a poem like phrase and can be applicable to everything. His words and teachings became the philosophical basis of Taoism. Most people except Chinese is not interested in this kind of belief.



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ballyhara

Well, I don't know if the books I will tell you about are underrated, but I do love them. If you want to read some medical/science thrillers, then go find Robin Cook's books. This author is a physician, who became a writer, and he does a wonderful job. I've read some of his books: Fever, Acceptable Risk, Coma, and they got me excited the whole time. He details every single move, experiment, body change, and if you're also in the medical field, then you will appreciate it and love it even more.



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mdayrit

I always read book on my way home while riding a public transportation. I read this book entitled The Weatherman by Steve Thayer. I got so much into the book that whenever I read it, I am like zoning out everything that is happening around me. It is about a serial killer who snaps the neck of his female victims whenever the season changes. Reading it makes you think who is doing all the killings.



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Youngshark

Have you guys heard of "the river between" its an African piece by an author by the name Ngugi wa Thion'go. It shows you the life of an African society way before colonialism and how they needed to adjust. I connect reading such history.



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Kakashi2020

I have read quite a few books which i feel are quite underrated like Bruce Lee's philosophical Masterpiece "The Tao of Feet June Do" and I-Ching which was called the first of the classics in the Han Dynasty. If you haven't read I-Ching which is also called The Book of Changes yet, then you're missing a lot.



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cmoneyspinner

My pick for my favorite underrated book is a small inexpensive paperback that's about a hundred pages. It's called “Names of God”.



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mcnasci24

All the books of Jules Verne. He made us dream of extraordinary trips, inside and outside the Earth. Verne brought us closer, with a genius of visionary, to inventions and scientific discoveries that would later reach our days. One of his books, "Miguel Strogoff", is not science fiction, but it is my favorite. It tells how Michael Strogoff, a young Siberian and post official of the czar of Russia, has to cross Siberia in full Tartar invasion of Russia, to warn about this attack, using all available means and trying to hide his identity to everyone that crosses his path.



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