Top Ten Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year

Top Ten Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme creted by yhe awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme creted by yhe awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.

This was a complicated list to make. First I had to look into all the books that I read in the last year.  I decided that I am going to go with books published from whatever year I please because I am a rebel like that. And because it was one less thing to keep in mind.  Then I had to decide if the book was well known.  I used the oh so scientific method of, "Well, I don't think that I have seen anyone write anything about this book. "  I know.  You are all stunned at this  level of commitment to scientific research.  

It is possible that I overthink these lists...


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Right Behind You
By Gail Giles

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Series: no
Release date: September 1st 2007
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 475
Rating: Full review of Right Behind You

“Did you read the book or did you just read the words in order?” 

What I really liked about this book was the examination of guilt and what it does to us and what it takes to forgive yourself.  It also addresses the idea of some things being unforgivable.


OMG- this cover is hideous!  

OMG- this cover is hideous!  

The Road Home
By Ellen Emerson White

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Series: Echo Company #5
Published: November 1st, 1997
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 72
Rating: I am still worried about Rebecca

“On Christmas morning, Rebecca lost her moral virginity, her sense of humor - and her two best friends. But, other than that, it was a hell of a holiday.” 

This is actually the last book of a series but I am pretty sure that you can read it as a stand alone.  It is about 22 year old Rebecca who is a combat nurse in Vietnam during the war. It is the story about losing yourself in war and what it takes to find yourself again.  I first read this in high school and didn't see it again for years but I saw that it had been released as a kindle addition and had to reread.  This actually stood up to the test of time although there is some racism towards the Vietnamese (seems realistic for the time but something to be aware of)


Relish: My Life in the Kitchen By Lucy Knisley

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
By Lucy Knisley

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Series: Alas, no
Published: April 2nd, 2013
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 1550 (is this underrated? Not really.)
Rating: I am so hungry right now

"Wasting money and appetite on bad food is disappointing, but it doesn't matter when the company is good..."

I think that this book might have ticked all my boxes. Food? Check. Travel? Check. Books? Check.  Pretty pictures? Check. Self conscious sense of humor? And check. I borrowed this from the library at school but I might need my own copy.


This cover is so beautiful.

This cover is so beautiful.

A Madness So Discrete
by Mindy McGinnis

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Series: no
Release date: October 6th 2015
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 1003
Rating: Full review of A Madness So Discrete

“Sometimes the loveliest places harbor the worst monsters.”

This is not a perfect book.  I had some issues with it but there are some awesomely creepy scenes, excellent examples of female friendship, budding feminism, and a setting in an asylum.


What Can't Wait By Ashley Hope Pérez

What Can(t) Wait
By Ashley Hope Pérez

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Series: no
Release date: March 28th 2011
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 118
Rating: Full review of What Can(t) Wait

“Mrs. Garza made us read this poem in class that said “April is the cruelest month.” Everybody else thought that was stupid, how was a month going to be cruel? But to me it makes perfect sense. It’s cruel because the whole world turns pretty and green while everything in your life is going sour. And you can’t blame anybody but yourself.” 

How many lists can I put this book on?  All of them because it is just that good.  Read it, read it, read it!


This may be my favorite cover of any book, ever. I am in Love.

This may be my favorite cover of any book, ever. I am in Love.

Made You Up
by Francesca Zappia

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Series: no
Release date: May 19th, 2015
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 1942 (I am so cheating here)
Rating: Full review of Made You Up

“Sometimes I think people take reality for granted.” 

I loved pretty much everything about this book.  One of the best things about it is that the narrator is completely unreliable so you have no idea what is and is not real because she doesn't know what is and is not real.  It is sensitively written and very smart.


Another beautiful cover.

Another beautiful cover.

The Waiting Sky
Lara Zielin

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Series: no, sadly
Published: August 2nd, 2012
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 163
Rating: really good

“There’s a thin line between saving someone and helping them destroy themselves” 

I loved the writing in this book and how it showed the emotional repercussions of difficult deceptions and how we come to them in fits and starts. It also has tornado chasers so if you liked the movie Twister this one is for you.


Bamboo People By Mitali Perkins

Bamboo People
By Mitali Perkins

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Series: no
Published: July 1st 2010
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 401
Rating: Kids and danger

I found this book amazing and not just because I was just in Myanmar.  It is a window into a closed off world.  It is ostensibly about child soldiers but it is also about survival, choices, and finding home again.


Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Same Sun Here
by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

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Series: no
Published: February 14th, 2012
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 337
Rating: Powerful and adorable

“I like that library books have secret lives. All those hands that have held them. All those eyes that have read them.” 

This is middle level writing at it's best.  The characters are engaging and the plot tackles issues of race, immigration, religion, and what it means to stand up for what you feel is important.  All with a sense of humor.  I have probably recommended this book more than any other this year.


Swimming Through Clouds By Rajdeep Paulus

Swimming Through Clouds
By Rajdeep Paulus 

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Series: Swimming Through Clouds #1
Published: May 25th, 2013
Number of Goodreads Reviews: 75
Rating: more people should know about this book.

“I live in the in between. Between what if and what is.”

This book is a touch melodramatic and the the love story is a mite istalovey.  I do not even care it was beautiful.  And painful. I am actually still stressed out about this book. Also, that ending!

How do you determine whether or not a book is underrated?

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