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Top 10 Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

Top Ten (er, 9) Hidden Gems or Personal Underrated Favorites

It's here! Another Tuesday and the Top 10 list that goes with it. Today I'm writing about my favorite books that just don't get enough love or attention, poor babes.

For someone with a lot of guilty pleasures who takes a chance on a lot of Kindle Unlimited books, blurbs with hilarious premises, I feel I've probably collected a lot of personal hidden gem favorites.

Also, you know, there are just a lot of books out there, and no one can get to them all. I hope today that you find a few gems to add to your own TBR. This list includes YA, NA, and all kinds of wonderful treasures and guilty pleasure smut. Honestly, a lot of these are just books that still pop up in my mind, even years after I've read them. Are they the absolutely best OMG books out there? I mean, maybe not. But there's something to be said for the power of the book that lingers.

All cover images link to their Goodreads page. And if you see any on here that are some of your own secret favorites, let me know! Send me an email at whatshesread @ gmail dot com or shout out to me on Twitter.

The entire Razorland series by Ann Aguirre is one of my favorites, especially when it comes to YA dystopian series...about zombies. There are several side stories, but the main trilogy is Enclave, Outpost, and Horde. I love the characters and the world building and the way the series is structured. I first read this around the same time as Divergent, and it is at least 12 million times better.

I love this heartbreaking novel by Katja Millay. The Sea of Tranquility is really a beautiful novel filled with interesting characters. I've been anticipating another by Millay, but so far no dice.

So, okay, the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series does have a huge number of ratings on Goodreads, and Laini Taylor's new book is on almost every YAY 2017 RELEASES list I've seen. However, I include this series on this list because I've been trying to sell it to my friends (you know who you are) for literal years and they still haven't read it. And it hurts my heart a little every time I think about it.

Left Drowning by Jessica Park was one of the first New Adult books I'd ever read and it gave me all the feels and got me hooked on the series. I've gone back to read it since a few times (it's an insanely quick read). Sure, some parts are perhaps a little overwrought, but man it's such a delightful time-suck.

When I first read this gorgeously smutty and lyrical novel from Leah Raeder/Elliot Wake I was a little afraid to tell anyone about it. I'd never read anything like it, it felt really dirty, and I also just wanted to keep it as my little secret. But now I think you should all read it.


Well, I end today's Top 10 with a Top 9 (and yes, I counted each trilogy as I guess it may even be more like a Top 5).

Either way, happy Tuesday! Hope you have a great week.

Thanks again to The Broke & The Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

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