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


An interesting story with themes involving homosexuality and reincarnation.

2. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


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

3. Welcome Home, Jellybean by Marlene Fanta Shyer


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


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

5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon


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

6. The House of Dust and Dreams by Brenda Reid


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

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry


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

8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell


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


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 (Despite several outdated ideas in the book, especially about women, I still found the story about Valentine’s adjustment on Earth an interesting one.)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


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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