Hi all, Rose here with another entry for Top Ten Tuesday, with themes provided by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s entry has to do with hidden gem books. No particular order and just going by what I’ve personally read, and I’ll give 4 (technically 5 because one entry is a rec for a duology).
1. American Street by Ibi Zoboi: I wish there were more love for this book – it was such a wonderful example of cultural immersion and had a strong protagonist to boot. I’d honestly would love to see/hear more books like this in the YA community. It doesn’t pull punches for some of the tough situations that Fabiola endures, but she’s a character you can root for and feel the depth of her experiences as she tries to adjust to life in America and fit in with her peers. I loved how dimensional her voice was and this is among my favorite reads within the past year.
2. Baggage by S.G. Redling: This was a mystery that had me enthralled from point one all the way to the end, but I haven’t heard many people talking about it. Redling is a new author to me and I first heard of this particular book when it was on sale as a daily deal on Audible. I wasn’t disappointed, either. The story revolves around a very flawed anti-heroine who is suspected of a string of deaths in her life revolving around a certain date. The story keeps you in suspense as to who might’ve committed the crime. Amy McFadden did a fine job with the audio read as well, so it’s one I’d definitely rec for the listening experience as well.
3-4. Archetype Series (Archetype and Prototype) by M.D. Waters: I loved reading this sci-fi duology last year and I always try to rec it when I have a chance. I’m glad that my librarian recommended it to me though I haven’t seen as much book buzz about it as the series rightly deserves. It involves a woman who has lost her memories and her struggle to recall her past while suspecting her husband may be hiding more than a few alarming secrets. It’s thrilling, sexy, thought-provoking and has a strong protagonist to boot.
5. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Rueter Hapgood: This YA story blends physics concepts and dimensional bending with a coming of age tale. It’s a bit of a slow burn narrative and takes something of a reading curve to get into, but the emotional payoff for showing Gottie’s journey dealing with grief and changes in her life was well worth the overall journey. Plus, if you can get the audiobook – it’s well performed by Katy Sobey.
That’s all for this entry. Until next time, I hope your book journeys are plentiful and whimsical. 🙂