Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Underrated Books I’ve Read or Added to my TBR List in the Past Year or So.
Mid-way through 2016 a previous Top Ten Tuesday theme I took part in was Top Ten Books I Enjoyed with Less Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads, so when I saw this week’s theme I decided to carry on from that one almost. I picked five books I read and enjoyed with under, or around about, 2000 ratings on Goodreads as well as a few books which I still have on my to-read list. In the end there were a couple of picks that made it on my list this week that I was really surprised to see.
Underrated Books I’ve Read
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
I finished this book earlier today and ended up really enjoying it. Granted it had its ups and downs, like every other book I’ve read, but for the most part it was an enjoyable read. I went into Magonia with little expectations. I tried to read this book back during my great reading slump of 2015 and, unsurprisingly, didn’t get far before giving up.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
This book I was very surprised to see on this list. In the run up to its release it seemed to be everywhere on WordPress, with so many rave reviews that convinced me to pick it up the second it was out. Maybe this is a book people still have on their to-read list and haven’t gotten around to yet, but if you haven’t then pick it up right away. You won’t be disappointed.
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Of all the magical realism books I’ve read so far Vassa in the Night is probably the most surreal of the lot. There were a lot of times I had no idea what was happening and most of the end of this book had me thoroughly confused. It was an enjoyable read but despite that I’m not surprised to see this book on my list this week. It seems to be one people either love or hate.
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book, it was one I requested solely based on the cover and the blurb, and it was a brilliant read. I don’t pick up many Steampunk books but Timekeeper is now a favourite of mine; the story is wonderfully written with an interesting world to explore and two characters I fell in love with the second they were introduced.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Of all the books that made it onto my list this week this is the one I’m the most surprised to see on here. When the Moon Was Ours was one of my favourite reads of 2016, and one of my all-time favourite magical realism books as well, and I know I’m not the only person to feel that way. If you take away only one book from this list to add to your TBR list then let it be this one. There aren’t enough words to fully describe how much I adored it.
Underrated Books I Added to my TBR List
Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
This book was one I featured for Waiting on Wednesday way back when. Kingdom of Ash and Briars sounds amazing but I seem to have forgotten about it somewhere between seeing it on Goodreads and its release. Fairytale retellings are a favourite sub genre of mine and this book takes influence from so many of them, hopefully that means it’ll be a story I enjoy.
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
I really enjoyed Sarah Fine’s first series, Guards of the Shadowlands, and from what I’ve seen on WordPress everyone who has read this book has loved it. So why I haven’t picked up The Impostor Queen yet I can’t say, but it’s high on my to-read list for this year so hopefully it will be one I get to sooner rather than later.
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
This seemed to be another book that I saw everywhere on WordPress in the run up to its release, but now it’s out I honestly can’t remember seeing any reviews for it. This is the most recent addition to my to-read list, and a large reason I added it was because of how gorgeous the cover is, but it sounds amazing so I can’t wait to get started on it.
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
I haven’t seen much about this book on WordPress at all. In fact the only review I’ve seen for it to date was the one posted on She Latitude which is the review that convinced me to add Girl Against the Universe onto my to-read list. It sounds like a great story, and it as high praise from Reg as well which only makes me more excited to get around to it someday soon.
Riders by Veronica Rossi
When I first saw this book on Goodreads, long before it was released, I immediately added it to my to-read list. I loved Veronica Rossi’s first series, Under the Never Sky, and I really enjoy books that retell the legend of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse so the two together seemed like a winning combination. Again I’m not sure why I haven’t picked this book up yet but it’s high on my to-read list for 2017.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what underrated books you’ve read or added to your TBR list lately.