Top Ten Sunday…Hidden Gems

Alright, so as you guys may know, I never get to post on a Tuesday–Sunday and Monday are my posting days, so I’m doing a Top Ten Tuesday post on a *gasp* Sunday!

I was perusing the Top Ten categories that The Broke and the Bookish does and I came across this top ten category for a week in January and I immediately was able to think of quite a few underrated and hidden gems that I’ve read in the past year or so, on to the list!

I’m trying to stick with books with less than 50,000 reviews on Goodreads, just FYI.


Top Ten Hidden Gems I’ve Read in the Past Year or So

wp-1471516913284.jpg10. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I don’t think this book got nearly enough time in the spotlight, Schwab knows how to write a damn good story and will definitely make you think differently about the world around you.

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9. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

McGinnis will forever be on my underrated authors list until her books get the attention that they more than deserve. This book was phenomenal and I’m constantly surprised and intrigued by McGinnis’ writing style.

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8. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

This was such a great, quick contemporary read with a family that is so close to the real thing that it made me love the book even more. West is pretty well known around the bookish community and this is probably one of the more popular books on my list, but still a great hidden gem!

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7. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Oh man, so much to say about this book. Larbalestier did something fantastic when she created Rosa and we loved reading about her! This was a disturbing and totally intriguing read that more people should check out!

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6. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

It wouldn’t do justice to this book to not include it in a hidden gem post. I’m pretty sure it’s Eden’s favorite read of 2016 and we can’t wait to read the second book, due to be out this year!

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5. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I love me some thrillers and with the release of The Woman in Cabin 10 (which I still have yet to read), I wanted to check out some more of Ware’s books to see what she has to offer and she’s offering a lot!

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4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

These next couple books I would say all tie for my top spot of hidden gems and underrated books of the year. Truthwitch is just such an amazing fantasy novel focusing on sisterhood as opposed to romance. Dennard is an amazing author and I can’t wait to see where else she takes us in the Witchlands world.

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3. And I Darken by Kiersten White

This beauty of a book is just as gorgeous inside as it is outside. White created a gender-bent role of Vlad the Impaler and we follow Lada in a story that I absolutely loved, the second book to this series is coming out this year and it’s at the top of my most anticipated list.

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2. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

A middle-grade novel meant for all ages. Furthermore pleasantly surprised me in how much I enjoyed this story of Alice and her story. This book is definitely worth a read and was much more than I expected.

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1. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

McGinnis blew us away with this book. We all went into expecting different things and none of us were right. This book brought so many things to the table and created a world and cast of characters so vast that honestly I can’t think of anything comparable. Again, McGinnis’ writing style is beautiful and haunting I couldn’t ask for a better book!


So there you have it, my top ten list of underrated and hidden gems. Is there a book on here that you’ve read or that you want to read? I obviously highly recommend any and all of these books!

Let me know what you think about my list below!

-Caitlynn

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Sunday…Hidden Gems

      1. Mine is apparently the original Irish spelling, according to my very Irish grandfather. But I am not even sure that’s true. 😛

        People spell it all kinds of ways. The worst misspelling I got was Kateland. Not a theme park, guys.

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  1. I love Schwab’s writing. She really knows how to pull you into the story. A Madness so Discreet has been in my TBR for a while. I think I may get it to is sooner rather than later. It just sounds like too good of a book to keep pushing back.

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