Top 10 Tuesday — Hidden Gems

17 Jan

The folks at The Broke And The Bookish have challenged us to list those books we term underrated/hidden gems. I really hate the term underrated. It has such a negative feel to it. So I am choosing to focus on books that I consider hidden gems — books that many people may not know about, but would love if they gave them a chance. The last time I tackled a list like this was back in July when the Top 10 Tuesday theme was books with less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. Well, most of the books I read fit in this category! Why? Perhaps readers are just not motivated to rate books. But ratings mean a lot to authors — it helps with visibility and ultimately sales of their books. If you love a book I encourage you to rate it!

So here is a list of books I read in the last half of 2016 with not a lot of stars following their titles. Many of them made my Best of 2016 list too. To find out what other bloggers consider hidden gems, click HERE.

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Top 10 Hidden Gems

(Books with under 200 ratings on Goodreads)

The Cantaloupe Thief by Deb Richardson-Moore

A Day And A Life by Penelope Wilcock

The Fifth Column by Mike Hollow

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Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert

The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran

Of Stillness And Storm by Michele Phoenix

The Raven by Mike Nappa

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Christa Allan

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Within The Veil by Brandy Vallance

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Have you read any of these books?

If you haven’t already, head over to Goodreads and rate them!

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8 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Hidden Gems”

  1. jill hoke January 17, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    great list.The only ones I’ve read are Stillness and Storm and Since You’ve Been Gone. I liked both of them. I plan on reading Forest Child later this year.

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    • rbclibrary January 18, 2017 at 9:40 am #

      If you haven’t yet, make sure to read Heather’s God’s Daughter first. It’s not necessary, but it adds a lot of background. And it’s a great story too. 🙂

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  2. Lisa @ Captivated Reader January 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    All of your books in your post this week are new to me and they look good!

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/01/top-ten-tuesday-ten-underratedhidden.html

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    • rbclibrary February 1, 2017 at 8:03 am #

      Sorry for the delayed response. Your comment went to spam and I just found it. 😦 Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  3. heatherdaygilbert January 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    Ooh, several of these are on my To-Read list! Thanks so much for including Forest Child, Beckie. It’s amazing how many people might love a book but never review it–I understand that many aren’t on Goodreads/Amazon, etc., but it if you are, it really does help authors!

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    • rbclibrary January 18, 2017 at 9:39 am #

      It’s so important to get out the “real” reviews/ratings too. The Goodreads campaigns against authors are terrible, in my opinion. Rating a book because it may contain things you don’t like and not even reading it shouldn’t be allowed. Off the soapbox now. 😉

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  4. Rissi January 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    I read “Within the Veil” and really liked it; definitely a great armchair adventure. Christa’s is one I’d like to read soon too. 🙂

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    • rbclibrary January 25, 2017 at 7:27 am #

      Brandy’s books provide adventure and something a bit different. Make sure to read Christa’s book — very good!

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