Hidden Gems | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Running With Lions by Julian Winters // I read this in July, and fell in love with it. It’s a YA sports romance with an m/m relationship. It’s such an adorable romance, and I loved the topics this book addressed like struggling with your body image as a guy.

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee // Non-fiction in general is a bit underrated in the bookish community, in my opinion. This is a very easy read though, and I finished it in mere hours. It’s the story of Sungju Lee as he tries to survive life in North-Korea. The majority of the story follows him as a young boy (from 10 to 16) and it leads up to his escape from the country.

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) by Rachel Aaron // I’ve been talking about this series for ages, and I will continue to do so for ages. It’s a fantastic urban fantasy story about a dragon who is just too nice.

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1) by Juliet Marillier // This isn’t an extremely underrated series in the world, but it is in the online bookish community. In my opinion, more people should be talking about Juliet Marillier and her works. This one is one of my absolute favorites so far.

Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgess // Another severely underrated one! This is a YA historical fiction with fantasy elements woven through set during the Congress of Vienna. Fascinating, right?

The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis // Such a cute romance! It’s a very short book though. It’s a great f/f relationship with a pansexual main character and a Filipino, lesbian love interest. It’s so cute. Go read this if you want to feel all the feels.

The Moon in the Palace (Empress of Bright Moon #1) by Weina Dai Randel // Another historical fiction novel I never see anyone talk about! I haven’t read the second book yet, but I’m definitely planning on it and have actually already bought a Kindle copy of it. This is set in China during the 7th century (I believe…) and it follows Mei, a girl who becomes one of the concubines of Emperor Taizong.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio // If you liked The Secret History by Donna Tartt, you should pick this one up. Or if you want to read The Secret History but feel intimidated by it, this one is perfect! It has a similar vibe or theme because it centers around a group of university kids who study theater (Shakespeare, in particular). One of them is dead, and one of them has served 10 years in prison for it.

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram // What a beautiful Cinderella retelling with disability representation. Yes, disability rep. That alone should be enough for you to pick this up.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee // Another historical fiction! I’m sensing a theme here… This novel follows 4 generations of the same family during 8 decades. It starts in 1911 in Yeongdo, Korea and chronicles the family’s journey through Korea and Japan. This was such an emotional read because the family goes through so much trauma. But it was worth every second of heartbreak.

Have you read any of my favorite hidden gems?
What are your favorite underrated books?

19 thoughts on “Hidden Gems | #TopTenTuesday

  1. Ooh, I’ve had Juliet Marillier on my TBR for ages, but have yet to actually pick something up–I plan to do so soon! If We Were Villains was also a great one, and Congress of Secrets sounds super intriguing! Great picks! I would definitely say that historical fiction seems to be a genre I see the least around the bookish community, but it’s one of my favorites.


  2. Great list! Pachinko is on my TBR and this is the second list I’ve seen Daughter of the Forest on this week, so I think I need to treat myself to a copy soon. I keep hearing really good things about If We Were Villains, too, so I’ll have to check it out. 🙂


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