This is a meme that’s hosted every Tuesday by The Broke and the Bookish and the theme for this week is Top Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So.

A lot of the books I read tend to be hidden ones I’ve found, or ones published a while ago that seem to have been forgotten. So I feel like this is really one Top Ten Tuesday I can properly participate in, finally!

1. Looking Glass Lives by Felice Picano

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An interesting story with themes involving homosexuality and reincarnation.

2. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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A haunting tale about a young woman last months before being executed.

3. Welcome Home, Jellybean by Marlene Fanta Shyer

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A story about a family adjusting to a child with a mental disability, told from the perspective of the sibling.

4. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

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An eerie look into the future perhaps where people’s minds can be harmed through their tech.

5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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A gripping supernatural story about people with special powers, aliens and a rebellion.

6. The House of Dust and Dreams by Brenda Reid

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A sweet and sad love story set during the second world war.

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Imagine a colourless world where everything is just so, so that nothing provokes strong feelings.

8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell

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A kind of scary glimpse at what life might be like if we allowed the governments to rule by fear.

9. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein

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An interesting viewpoint on how a human brought up on another world may adjust to being on Earth. (Despite several outdated ideas in the book, especially about women, I still found the story about Valentine’s adjustment on Earth an interesting one.)

10. Shade’s Children by Garth Nix

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Imagine what the world would look like if adults were wiped out by invaders from another dimension, and only children and a computer remained to fight them off.

What did you have on your Top Ten list this week?

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