Top Ten Tuesday – Hidden Gems

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

This week’s theme is Hidden Gems. I love the idea behind this. There are so many books out there that are great reads that just don’t get the same publicity as a Maas or Schwab novel. It is certainly the nature of the industry but also a shame that so many good books get overlooked. Here are some of my lesser known favorites!

The Last Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiosities #1) by C.J. Archer – The Last Necromancer is a series self-published by the author and, sadly, for that reason it doesn’t get the love it deserves. This series includes a strong female lead who so happens to be a necromancer and she gets herself into all kinds of mischief. They are quick reads and enjoyable.

Olmec Obituary (Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth #1) by L.J.M. Owen – When I reviewed this book I couldn’t help but shout about how much I enjoyed it. Is it perfect? No, but it has an intensely intelligent yet flawed female lead who loves her cats, her family, and archaeology. My only real complaint about this one is that there was not much character development, outside of that it is a great story.

Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey #1) by Deanna Raybourn – I am a huge fan of historical mysteries and there are no finer in my opinion than books from the magnificent Deanna Raybourn. He Lady Julia Grey series features, again, a strong female lead (I’m sensing a theme here), murder, a juicy mystery, and enigmatic love interest. The details in this books are glorious and the bantering dialogue is absolutely golden.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Ryan does not get nearly enough credit for how great Invictus is. Usually when Graudin is part of the conversation it is for her book Wolf by Wolf but let me tell you folks, this book is one of the best I have ever read. There is action, adventure, friendships, love, quirky characters, diversity, sci fi history jumping…for me, this book has everything. I’ve read it twice this year and if I’m being honest I will probably read it again before the end of the year. M.A.G.N.I.F.I.C.E.N.T.

The Tale of Holly How (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #2) by Susan Wittig Albert – In case you haven’t noticed, I love me some historical fiction. In Susan Wittig Albert’s The Cottage Tales series you see stories revolving around none other than Beatrix Potter. These are sweet stories with details based (sometimes loosely) around people and places from Potter’s life. Also, the animals can talk to each other. It is pretty great. Some of my favorite characters in the series are the various chatty cats.

Seventy-Seven Clocks (Bryant and May #3) by Christopher Fowler – I know I’ve shouted about this series in the past but I will tell people about it at every opportunity. Fowler’s Bryant and May series is some of the best mysteries with some of the most interesting characters I have ever read. It doesn’t feel like any other book I’ve ever read. It is quirky, funny, serious, weird, and composed all at the same time. I adore these books.

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All of these books are ones I would highly recommend and don’t get nearly as much attention as they should. They are far under appreciated in their genres.

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