Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Check out her blog for more info!

This week’s TTT topic is hidden gems: books that you think haven’t been talked about or marketed as much as they should have been. This topic feels like it was MADE for me and  I had so much fun making this list! I actually divided it up: 5 that I thought don’t get enough hype, and 5 that I thought got too much. These are in no particular order:



ONE: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Ok, if you follow my instagram or blog posts at all, you knew this one was going to make the list. I just finished this read but honestly had never even heard of it before. This book deserves ALL of the hype. It definitely ranks among my top 5 reads of the year so far.

TWO: Sabriel by Garth Nix (the series)

I hardly ever hear this series talked about, and I don’t know if it’s because it was released a while ago or because people just don’t know about it. I actually have not read the fourth installment yet, and I still own the series from when they were the original covers. But I LOVED the first installment in this series (I liked the second two books as well, just not as much). I feel like this was the first series I ever read about necromancy, which is a much more popular subject now. Check it out!


THREE: Anything by Tamora Pierce

I will always and forever sing praises for Tamora Pierce’s books. Alanna was the original badass strong female lead, and it only got better from there. If you have not read these books, and you love big long series that all interact with each other, go buy these books immediately.

FOUR: The Program by Suzanne Young

Another book (series) that I hardly ever hear talked about. This is such a unique storyline as well, and really struck a cord with me. In the world of The Program, suicide is considered an epidemic with young teens – and the government thinks they’ve found a cure: as soon as you show any signs of depression, they erase all your memories, and everything about who you are. You don’t remember anything about your life before you were sent to a treatment center. You get to keep your life… but do you really?

*Disclaimer: if suicide or severe depression is a trigger for you, this may not be the best choice. Proceed with caution.

FIVE: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I always hear everyone talking about Gone Girl, and it definitely got all the attention on the big screen, but my personal favorite by Gillian Flynn is Dark Places. If you are looking for a dark and twisty book filled with murder, cults, and so many plot twists, go pick this up – it’s a perfect Halloween read.



SIX: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Ok, you guys knew this was going to be on here. I’m sorry, I know everyone loves this series, but I just couldn’t do it. I hated Clary, and incest (real or not) just doesn’t do it for me. I made it through book 3, and I’m taking a hard pass on the rest of the series.

SEVEN: The Selection (and series) by Kiera Cass

Ok, this series I at least finished. And I’ll be honest, I liked it much better than TMI series. But I’ve never been a big Bachelor/Bachelorette watcher, and that’s what I felt like I was reading. Plus I was not a big fan of America, and I struggle big-time with books where I don’t like the MC.

EIGHT: Dilirium series by Lauren Oliver

I honestly don’t have a good reason for why I didn’t continue with this series, or why I felt it didn’t live up to the hype, other than this: 1. I can’t remember anything about it 2. EXCEPT that I hated the ending and didn’t want to keep reading.


NINE: An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Ok now before you attack me, WAIT: I LIKED THESE BOOKS. I haven’t read the third installment yet but I fully intend to. I just didn’t feel like they lived up to the amount of hype they got. These books seemed suer trope-y to me, and felt like every other YA book I’d ever read.


TEN: Red Queen series Victoria Aveyard

Ok, if you know me you knew this was going to be on here. Like I mentioned above, I struggle when I don’t like the main character, and I REALLY had a hard time swallowing Mare. I actually wanted to punch her at least 1x per chapter. Now, I have bought the fourth book, although word on the street is people aren’t satisfied with the ending…

Which books do you feel like don’t get enough hype, or get too much?




I'm a late 20-something physical therapist living in Michigan with my hubby who loves reading and reviewing books, running, wine, and dogs.

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