Top Ten Tuesday

Hidden Gems

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where we get to feed that part of our soul that loves lists, by coming up with 10 things related to a certain topic.  Top Ten Tuesday was originally created by  The Broke and Bookish and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found HERE.  This week’s topic is:


I’m wondering if I consider a lot of these hidden gems purely because they aren’t all fantasy. After I wrote up my list, I decided to check Goodreads and see if these really are hidden gems, or if it’s just because of who I interact with and follow on social media (99% are fantasy related), that they seem like they don’t get enough love.

1. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Sci-fi, ya
3,550 Ratings and 1,044 reviews

2. All the rage by Courtney Summers
Contemporary, realistic fiction
10,759 Ratings and 2,082 reviews

3. The Build-up Season by Megan Jacobson
Contemporary, ya
166 Ratings and 46 reviews

4. Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
Contemporary, ya, poetry
1,935 Reviews and 458 reviews

5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Fantasy, ya
8,459 Ratings and 2,589 reviews

6. Sven the Zombie Slayer by Guy James
122 Ratings and 16 reviews

7. Silence by Natasha Preston
Contemporary, ya
25,497 Ratings and 2,178 reviews

8. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Contemporary, ya, realistic fiction
10,541 Ratings and 1,319

9. Visit Sunny Chernobyl: and Other Adventures in the World’s most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell
Travel, non-fiction, environmental
1,451 Ratings and 263 reviews

10. Tearing Us Apart by Amanda Clay
Contemporary, romance, LGBTQ
18 Ratings and 8 reviews

Three of my 10 have less than 200 ratings so they are definitely hidden gems. Three have more than 10,000 ratings, I guess they aren’t as hidden as I thought. I’m most surprised by Silence. It was a free eBook, I read quite a while ago, it made me cry a lot. I didn’t expect it to have so many ratings. The Belles is a 2018 release so I probably shouldn’t have put it on the list. I was trying to think which of these low rating ones I would 100% recommend and I just have to say Sven The Zombie Slayer was laugh out loud funny, Tearing us Apart was an expertly crafted story, wasting no words…. Actually I recommend all of them, I rated them all a 4 star or higher.

Have you read any of these?

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday”

    1. Ooh I haven’t seen the sequel cover yet. I’m looking forward to the book. I don’t even know what it’s title is.
      The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was a random pick up for me. I didn’t really know anything about it, which I think added to my enjoyment. 🙂


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