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January 17: Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So
First off, I should warn you. I am a “recovering” engineer, and thus can be a little too analytical about things. The “underrated” piece of this is throwing me a bit. I mean, is this a book everyone else thinks is bad but you enjoyed? That’s how books work – not everyone loves the same books, which is what makes books so wonderful. So I’m going to just go with the “Hidden Gems” part. But a “hidden gem” can be tricky too. For our biggest assumption, we’ll assume that a “hidden gem” is not a huge blockbuster author (ie Dan Brown, Michael Connelly, Gillian Flynn, Rainbow Rowell, etc). I guess a hidden gem could be a lesser-known book by a big name author, but I don’t have any of those on my list, so let’s not complicate things any further.
Now just a few weeks ago, I thought Ready Player One was a hidden gem, but apparently everyone knows about this book. I loved Dumplin’, but I think everyone knows about that book, too. I mean, I heard about it from a ton of blogs which was why I picked it up in the first place. (And the terrific cover, but I digress.) And while The Murder of Mary Russell was a new find for me, it is actually the 14th book in the series, so loads of people must know about it.
I guess what I’m saying is, I will do my best here, and I apologize in advance if I think it’s a hidden gem that everyone has already discovered. Wouldn’t be the first time I’m late to the party.
So, based on my 2016 reads, here we go.
Hidden Gems I Read in 2016
Here are my top ten hidden gems from 2016, in order by author:
- Double Knot by Gretchen Archer
- Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
- The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
- The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio
- Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
- Three Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell
- Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon
- Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith
- A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson
- The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker
Now the majority of these were published in the last year. I did throw Double Indemnity in from 1936. It’s been a while since it was published, and I’m betting a lot of people overlook it. Great classic noir novel.
Now it’s your turn – what hidden gem do you have to recommend to me? Which book did I add as a hidden gem that everyone already knows about? I’m sure I’ve got at least one. 😉 Comment below, and link up to your own TTT if you’ve got one!