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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ten Underrated/Hidden Gems I've Read In The Past Year Or So #TopTenTuesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today's list is:

Top Ten Underrated/Hidden Gems I've Read In The Past Year Or So

Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden
(Dead Wrong, Book #1)
This is the best Romantic Suspense book that I read last year! Smoking hot!! Until this book, I hadn't heard of this author but I already bought the next two books in the series.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
(The Exorcist, Book #1)
The movie doesn't hold a candle to the book! This 40th Anniversary Edition of the audiobook is narrated by the author, and it's absolutely chilling.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
(Across the Universe, Book #3
This was the best Dystopian book that I read last year. The whole series was phenomenal.

A Magical Christmas by Heather Graham
I don't generally read Contemporary Romances, so I have always steered clear of this author but I absolutely loved it and intend to read more from her!

The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson
This is another new-to-me author that blew me away, and it was such a touching and heartwarming story. A perfect holiday read!

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
(Gone With the Respiration, Book #1)
I've had a hard time with steampunk. This genre has been hit or miss with me. I either really like the book or really dislike it. This one was really good!

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield
This was tough to read but, oh, so good! It deals with sexual abuse and cutting.

Little Black Dress by James Patterson with Emily Raymond
Don't knock the BookShots series! Going into these short reads, you have to realize that you aren't going to get a ton of character development. If you can accept that going in, then I recommend that you try one of these books. This was a very hot quick little read, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

Death of a Cupcake Queen by Lee Hollis
(Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery, Book #6)
I need a book title with a "Q" in it for one of my reading challenges, and I saw this at the library and grabbed it not realizing it was #6 in a series! It didn't matter that I jumped so late into the series, but now I want to read the earlier books because I enjoyed it so much!

The Purpose Driven Life: What On Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
This was a really life-changing book for me, and it is a great motivator in examining your life to see where you can do better or be better or where the next steps are. It really resonated with me.

So, what hidden gems have you read in the past year or so? Please let me know in the comments, or leave me a link to your blog post if you are also participating in the meme!


  1. I'm in the process of deciding if I wanted to check out the Across the Universe series so seeing it on here and knowing you just recently read it really does give it a push! I hate that they changed covers in the middle of a series, it confused me on what format I want lol. My Top Ten

    1. I generally don't like "space" stories, but Across the Universe series just blew me away. I was so amazing! The second book is even better than the first!

  2. Angels on Earth: Inspiring Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Connections by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. Unpretentious little book about ordinary people who do small but extraordinary things for people who cross their paths. Nonfiction and VERY inspiring in a non-religious way. Just recounts acts of simple kindness and how it affected people's lives.

    1. That book sounds amazing! I just requested it from my library. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Great list! Dearly Departed & Scars are two I've never heard of but need to look into.

  4. So glad to hear Shades of Earth was good, as I have that series on my TBR for this year.

  5. I love that Beth Revis series - I'll have to try more of her other books. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me


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