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
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.
2. A Thousand Perfect Notes
by C. G. Drews
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.
3. The Pearl Thief
by Fiona McIntosh
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.
4. The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe
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.
5. Shadow of the Fox
by Julie Kagawa
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.
6. Die For Me
by Amy Plum
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.
7. Jane Steele
by Lyndsay Faye
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.
8. The Upside of Unrequited
by Becky Albertalli
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.
9. Sleeping Giants
by Sylvain Neuvel
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.
10. The Nearest Faraway Place
by Hayley Long
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.
That’s a wrap!
What book do you love but rarely talk about?