“Top 10 Tuesday” is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic was a lot of fun because it gave us the chance to push some of our favorite books on you and especially those who are rather unknown or underrated and definitely deserve more attention and more bookish love. So if you haven’t read or even heard of the books listed below then you should go get them asap – they’re absolutely worth it!
The Lost & Found – Katrina Leno
This was one of my favorite books last year, and I don’t understand how it only has 99 reviews on Goodreads. Everyone who appreciates the friendships they’ve made on the internet (everyone reading this, hopefully) will fall in love with Frannie and Louis’ story. Both they and the side characters were so relatable. Also, the wide range of diversity in the book makes it even better.
14 – Peter Clines
After reading The Fold, Sebastian and I were desperate for a sequel. Instead, we found 14, which is a sidequel to The Fold. I’ve seen quite a bit of buzz about the latter, but for some reason, no one seems to have heard of the former. That’s unfortunate, because 14 is even better. It has the same mysterious elements and the same laugh-out-loud humor, but the best part is the fantastic cast of characters — the one thing The Fold lacks.
A Killing Winter – Tom Callaghan
I have Sebastian to thank for introducing me to this book, otherwise I never would have heard of it. A Killing Winter is definitely not one to read if you’re in the mood for a happy-go-lucky story, but for those who enjoy depressing, brutal murder mysteries, I highly recommend it. The author has actually lived in Kyrgyzstan, so I’d like to think his portrayal of life there is fairly accurate. The sequel is almost as good, and I’m definitely looking forward to the last two books in the series.
Isles of Glory trilogy – Glenda Larke
I’m grateful to Terri for introducing me to Glenda Larke, a fantastic and shockingly underrated Australian fantasy author. A lifelong fantasy fan (and the daughter of a lifelong fantasy fan), I still can’t believe I’d never heard of her before. The Isles of Glory trilogy is perfect for binging, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a unique and diverse fantasy series with characters whose lives you can’t help but get invested in. I also recommend Glenda Larke’s Watergivers trilogy, once you’ve finished this one.
The Water and the Wild – K.E. Ormsbee
I don’t usually read middle grade novels, and I have to admit, I won this in a giveaway that I entered entirely because of the book’s cover. To my surprise, I ended up loving The Water and the Wild, which is beautiful inside and out. Kathryn Ormsbee’s YA debut, Lucky Few, is just as good, and I can’t wait for her next YA novel, featuring an asexual main character. I really hope Kathryn Ormsbee gets more attention in the blogging community this year, because she and her books deserve it.
The Flight of the Silvers – Daniel Price
I’m not getting tired of pushing this book on every possible occasion so of course it was the first book that came to my mind when I was looking for underrated books. If you’re only slightly interested in science fiction with great worldbuilding and interesting characters then you just have to give Daniel Price’s epic alternate earth/time manipulation story a try!
The Yard – Alex Grecian
I’m a huge fan of historical crime fiction, especially when it’s set in the Victorian London, and Alex Grecian’s Murder Squad series probably triggered my love for books set in this era. The books not only provide gripping cases and an intense dark atmosphere but also fantastic characters that make this series so special and one of my absolute favorite crime series.
The Manual of Detection – Jedediah Barry
I admit that this book is pretty weird and probably might scare away a few readers with its rather slow pace, the odd protagonist and the surreal atmosphere but if you think that a crime novel that could be described as a mix of Lewis Carroll’s „Alice in Wonderland“, Michael Ende’s „Momo“ und Christopher Nolan’s „Inception“ sounds pretty interesting then you should definitely take a closer look at Jedediah Barry’s very unique and intriguing novel.
Six Four – Hideo Yokoyama
I’ve mentioned this book quite a few times on this blog already and won’t stop until I see more people actually read this massive crime novel set in Tokyo. Yes, it might be a bit challenging because the pace is quite slow, there’s no typical investigation going on and the Japanese names can be quite confusing BUT it’s definitely worth the effort and patience because this mystery is really unique and has one of the best plot twists I know and also because it’s really interesting to see how the police system in this story is influenced by the Japanese culture.
Devil’s Cape – Rob Rogers
A superhero story set in a rotten and corrupt city that was once founded by pirates – this should already be enough to make you want to read the book but if you need more details then picture a superhero story with the atmosphere of Watchmen or Sin City, surprisingly believable characters and a complex and epic plot. What are you still waiting for? Go read this book!