ReRead-A-Thon 2019: Underrated or Unpopular Book


Welcome to Day 5 of the ReRead-A-Thon! This readathon has been happening since March 10th and will continue until the 16th. Check out my initial post for more details.

My fellow hosts are the amazing Brianna over on Instagram and the wonderful BookTuber Becca, who will be running reading sprints on the official Twitter account. Make sure you pop in at both places for additional giveaways and don’t forget to check out Becca’s channel.

I am your blog host for today’s topic, Underrated or Unpopular Book. When looking for underrated books, I narrowed it down to those with fewer than 15 thousand ratings on Goodreads that I enjoyed to some extent.

My Underrated Book Pick: The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh


I first read this in college while studying literature. It follows the author, Katurian, who lives in a world with a totalitarian government. He has written some pretty grotesque stories, so when children begin to show up murdered in very similar ways, he’s brought in for questioning. It is more a take on art itself than on the government aspect, and while the content seems gruesome, there are some dark comedy moments.

Other Great Underrated Books

  • Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  • If We Were Villians by M.L. Rio
  • Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden
  • The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  • Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina
  • Structuring Your Novel by K.M.
  • The Magic of Fiction by Beth Hill
  • Killers of the Dream by Lillian E. Smith
  • The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser


*This giveaway has ended.* In honor of the readathon, I will be giving away a copy of Boy by Roald Dahl. When I think of rereading, I often think of my favorites as a child. What author to better represent childhood than the wonderful and inspiring writer Dahl. This is the first collection of stories from his childhood. In typical Dahl fashion, they range the gamut of emotions from funny to horrifying.


In order to be entered to win, you must comment below. You can tell me if you’ve read the book I chose. Let me know what you chose for this topic. Or even tell me your whole TBR for the readathon! I will pick a winner at random and message them to get their details.

Happy re-reading!


  1. Hi! Well, I’m reading The war with the newts by Karel Capek as the unpopular book challenge. The author is also known for his book RUR, in which appears for the first time in history the word «robot». In my opinion, The war with the newts is more interesting than RUR!

  2. I haven’t read Boy, but I have read a lot of Roald Dahl, and I really love his writing.

    For an underrated/unpopular book, I chose The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. It’s one of my favorites of all time, but I don’t know anyone else who’s read it.

      • I really love how it handles time-travel. I know a lot of people find it confusing, but the way it’s done in this book just clicks with me. It also has one of my favorite protagonist-antagonist dynamics. I’d definitely recommend it.

        • I’ll add it to my TBR! Thanks for the recommendation.

          Congratulations! You were randomly selected and won the prize! Please keep an eye out for an email to the one you used to sign up to comment.

  3. I decided to read The City of Woven Streets by Emmi Itäranta for this one! It’s such a beautiful, captivating book and it’s definitely one of my favorites.
    I haven’t read Boy, but Roald Dahl was my childhood. I have many warm memories of his books.

  4. The Pillowman is amazing! It was not really available in Hungary until a couple of years ago, but one university library had it, so one of my friends had a photocopy of the whole thing, which I still have to this day! 🙂

  5. Thank you everyone who participated with me today! It was great getting to chat about books you feel deserve more love.

    I have randomly chosen a winner: Rhiannon! I’ll be getting in contact with you shortly!

  6. My tbr is/was The Arc of a Scythe books (2) by Neal Shusterman…I’ve gotten about 28 pages into the first one and just haven’t been in much of a reading mood the week. Hoping it’ll pick up the last two days though and maybe I can at least finish book 1!

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