Secret Favourites | Top Ten Tuesday

I hope you’re all having a fabulous week so far. I’ve just started my two-week break from university before I tackle the second half of the semester. I’m very excited to get a lot of reading done in the hopes of catching up on my reading challenge of which I am very far behind.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s prompt is:

Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About

Some of the best books out there are the ones we leave our love simmering for. I have many of these, many I often forget about, too. This is not to say the books I show you today are unpopular or lesser-known (if you want a list like that, check this post out): these are the books you haven’t seen me talk about on my blog for some time, if ever. So let’s take a look some of the greatest but less talked about stories!


1. It Ends With Us
by Colleen Hoover

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I think it’s actually impossible to read this and not love it. Colleen Hoover always pacts a punch in her books and this quite possibly had the biggest punch. It Ends With Us is a breathtaking (more like ‘winding’) story about two individual trying to overcome great difficulties. The most memorable part of this story was the afterword put in by Hoover to add a personal touch. If you haven’t read this yet then you really need to.

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2. A Thousand Perfect Notes
by C. G. Drews

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Paper Fury’s legendary debut that had us all in tears with our hearts wrenched. This was a totally delightful surprise with main characters who were absolutely to die for. The story is unexpected and eye-opening and really set the tone of the standard of work that was to come from Drews.

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3. The Pearl Thief
by Fiona McIntosh

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UM. I love. I LOVE THIS. I am, since reading this book, a die-hard Fiona McIntosh fan. This tale is the reason we call stories sweeping. The main character was fascinating, holding her cards close to her chest and filled with secrets. I couldn’t get enough of this book – it was a more recent read for me and I’m honestly just blown away big time.

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4. The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe

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Another historical fiction that was incredible. This unveiled a story about Auschwitz I’d never come across before and this is one of my favourite things about reading historical fiction. I love discovering new things and this is such a niche part of a well-known aspect of history. Well-worth the read for history fans out there.

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5. Shadow of the Fox
by Julie Kagawa

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One of my favourite fantasies at the moment and a series I can’t wait to continue. Julie Kagawa is one of my favourite authors and this series was a redemption of her talent (in my opinion, what the heck was the Talon series???). The journey that the characters go on in this story feels Lord of the Rings-esque and I adore it.

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6. Die For Me
by Amy Plum

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Amy Plum is such a fun author full of awesome ideas. Always so unique. Die For Me was the first of her books that I read and I loved it. I’ve never come across a concept of Revenants before this (or since, tbh) and the love story is sizzling. CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH.

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7. Jane Steele
by Lyndsay Faye

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I can’t even express how much I loved this story. This is a reimagining of Jane Eyre (sort of) and it’s got many unexpected elements. I read the audiobook of this and it was a really good performance. My favourite thing was how imperfect the main character is and all the ways she wins people over in the end. Another spectacular read.

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8. The Upside of Unrequited
by Becky Albertalli

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Does Albertalli ever fail to please? I don’t think so. Whilst I loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (who didn’t?), Upside was really awesome and i possibly loved it even more. It’s been such a long time since read it and I certainly feel that I’m due a re-read now.

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9. Sleeping Giants
by Sylvain Neuvel

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OH BOY. I finished this only a few days ago so, of course, I’ve barely spoken about this yet. Sleeping Giants is unlike anything else. This is a story about the discovery of giants metal body parts, hidden/buried all over the world. It is a tantalising tale that you need to explore – and DO IT VIA AUDIOBOOK: holy shit the audio performance is unreal. Best audiobook I’ve ever read.

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10. The Nearest Faraway Place
by Hayley Long

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To this day, this is still my favourite plot twist that I’ve ever read. The twist makes you question the whole story, it changes everything, it throws it ALL in a new light. I found myself going back and re-reading to check how could it possibly be true?! I will never get over this and I certainly don’t think I’ll ever find something to beat it.

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That’s a wrap!

What book do you love but rarely talk about?


Happy reading!

~~ Kirstie ~~

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