Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Hidden Gems

Posted January 17, 2017 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 2 Comments

THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

One of my favorite enjoyments, as a book addict, is stumbling on a book that is great, by mistake or just out of the blue. It makes me feel like those people who find ancient treasure in their backyard with a cheap metal detector, or someone who catches a mermaid with a clearance Disney fishing rod. Or someone who got a shiny Pokemon through Wonder Trade. You get the point.

Sadly, these books need more coverage! This week, I’m sharing some wonderful books I have read from the last 2 years that need to be added to your shelves ASAP!

I went through my top reads over the last two years and pulled any book with less than 3,000 ratings. There is one book with more than 3k, but I feel that this book needs even more exposure. These are in no particular order.

Hostage: The Change #2: by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith: I always try to get people to read this series. I am horribly saddened that there isn’t a lot of coverage for this sci-fi/dystopian series. It has a diverse cast, and a very wide range of social topics. Also, killer trees that eat people that are made out of crystals. Let that just sink in. Get this series. I can’t stress this enough. READ THIS SERIES.

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross: An all-female cast at a boarding school, with a cursed witch. For a book that I went in with no expectations, I really loved how it seemed to go against the usual and set its own pace. Also, magical boarding school!

The Reader by Traci Chee: This book was sorely overlooked when it came out last year. It was a perfect balance of thriller and dystopian, and the clues and small hints scattered throughout the book made for this to be a unique read!

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess: I’m always up for an awesome fantasy series, and this book filled a hole I had no clue was gaping open. What I loved about this series is that it took the usual “chosen one” trope and gave it a fresh face, which is something I love, despite the fact that I just downright love “the chosen one” stories (#sorrynotsorry). I also just loved the whole cast as well, and Henrietta as well. This book could have descended into a love-triangle-plot-what-plot book, but it didn’t. And I loved it.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: This book did pretty well on GR – over 3,700 ratings, but I was shocked that the number was so low, to be honest. I have a slight feeling that since this book wasn’t all fluff and charm, it didn’t get enough attention. That’s a depressing thought, since this book did a lot to discuss rape and feminism and physiology. This book should become required reading, for the better of young students.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine: I push this book as hard as I can, because the story is just so awesome! Everyone needs a book with a touch of magic, a pinch of female power, and some awesome underlying bisexual tones!

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand: Claire’s books are always so awesome, and this one is a beautiful blend of one girl’s fantasy clashing with reality. This novel also tackles anxiety in middle grade children, something that is often wished away or overcome with an adventure. Here, it is addressed and treated as a real, honest topic. I want to put this in every school library.

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu: When I see religion in novels, I tend to steer clear of them, but this book instead uses the subject as a point to explore growth in your own direction. I love how the author handles the delicate theme to tell a compelling story.

The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman: I’ve never seen many books set in this era, but what the Chinese endured when they came to America was horrible during the young days of the 1900s. This gives an inside look of one of the most vulnerable classes trying to come to America: the women of China, seeking new opportunities. It is heartbreaking yet important to hear these voices of the past.

Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond: I adored this book based on BLM and inner city struggles of female black girls and their role in the family. This graphic novel enhances the story with wonderful visual art, adding to the story which is based on tension between the police and the black communities.

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