Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Book 1: BLOODY JACK Series by LA Meyer - This series is one of my all time favorites. I love the adventures that Jacky gets into and I wish more people would discover these exciting and well-written books. Jacky is an awesome protagonist. 

Book 2: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by Andre Aciman - Now I know this movie is incredibly popular, but the book was even better. This is such a beautiful story and many of the passages have stuck with me long after I turned the last page. Elio and Oliver's story deserves even more attention in the literary world. 

Book 3: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - I picked this book up randomly at a bookstore in La Jolla earlier this summer. It's been out for a few years, but it was such a beautifully written and tragic story that I think more people need to take a chance on it. Plus, Iceland is a very rare setting for a book. 

Book 4: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick Backman - My third book by Backman after A MAN CALLED OVE and BEARTOWN. Those two I hear so much about, but I think Britt-Marie's story also deserves more love. It was a sweet and inspiring story about a women who starts to break free from her shell. It wasn't as impactful as OVE and BEARTOWN, but I still enjoyed it and would definitely recommend to any fans of Backman. 

Book 5: GILT by Katherine Longshore - I have had this one on my shelves for years and am so glad I finally got around to it this summer. Books about Henry VIII and his wives have always been so interesting to me and Catherine Howard was one of the wives I knew the least about. Longshore has several other books out from the same time period so I am eager to pick those up. 

Book 6: MY DEAR HAMILTON by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie - MY DEAR HAMILTON was an incredible read. The broadway show, Hamilton, is sweeping the nation and for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating man and, in particular, his brave and supportive wife, please check this out. Eliza Hamilton is someone I knew next to nothing about and this was an incredibly well researched story that was also entertaining to read. 

Book 7: SEAFIRE by Natalie C. Parker- SEAFIRE was only released last month, but I highly recommend picking it up as soon as you can. It was an engaging and exciting tale of the high seas with a strong cast of female characters. This is the first book in a new series, as well. 

Book 8: WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hunter- A heartbreaking true story that follows one family as they are torn apart by World War II and the Holocaust. I have read a ton on this time in history, but still Hunter's story opened my eyes to even more experience's that I was not too familiar with. This is out in paperback now and I highly recommend it. 

Book 9: THE GATEKEEPERS by Chris Whipple - There was been an influx of "political" books out lately and I don't want this one to get lost in the shuffle. Whipple's book explores the intricacies of the Chief of Staff position and gives a lot of interesting information about the many people who have held the position through the years. I learned a lot from this book and highly recommend it. 

Book 10: THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE by Kristin Harmel - Easily one of the best books I read this year! Beautifully written historical fiction set in Paris during World War II with a great cast of characters. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and Kristin Harmel has been added to my list of authors to watch. Can't wait to read more by her. 


What are some of your favorite hidden gems? 

Top Ten Tuesday Is Hosted By: The Artsy Reader Girl 


  1. I LOVED Britt-Marie! So happy to see this one included! I didn't post this week--I did this topic back in January. Lisa of http://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/

  2. I've been thinking about picking up The Gatekeepers for a while, but I think your rec pushed me over the edge and I'll look for it next time I'm at the bookstore. Thanks!

  3. I've got Seafire on my TBR- can't wait to read it!


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