Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that started at thebrokeandbookish and is now hosted by Jana @ thatartsyreadergirl. There’s a different prompt each week and you can interpret it to your bloggish heart’s desire! This week’s theme: Hidden Gems // Books that didn’t get enough buzz when released or amazing books that aren’t talked about enough and need some extra love

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When life hands you backlogged reviews, what do you do? Muahaha, why a T10T, of course! 😜 I’m focusing on books I think should be shouted about more, especially on my blurgh, since I’m still pretty new to the new releases/hype game.

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1. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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Gorgeously written, 50 year old female protag, had such a chance of being pretentious, but I fell in love with Pippa and her many storied life, such a MOOD // the movie adaptation is also fab (written/directed by the author and starring the ridiculously lovely Robin Wright!)

2. Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns

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Queer poet that will shake the hesitancy out of you, that will make you hope even as there are tears still stinging, I had the chance to see them perform at my college, they have the gift of getting your heart pounding // “This time I want to melt like a snowman in Georgia, ’til my smile is a pile of rocks you can pick up, and skip across the lake of your doubts.”

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Like Pacman in the eighties, she swallows my ghosts.

3. Certain Dark Things

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Take a dash of the best parts of From Dusk Till Dawn and give some respect to your kickass female protag and YAS QUEEN vampires done very right

4. Station Eleven

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Are you tired of post-apocalyptic stories being utterly doom and gloom? There are quite a few reasons this book is on my “Ravenclaw Aesthetic” GR shelf

5. Sorry, We’re Dead

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Ye olde tumblr bud //, this is a genre smashing good ol’ time with plenty of supernatural spooks and noirish strains to entertain, Angie is just the bees knees, ya know?

6. Saga

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For fans of space operas like The Expanse and Steven Universe, this series is everything

7. Black Unicorn

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Could I rec absolutely every Tanith Lee book? Ohoho, don’t be foolish, I haven’t read them all yet 😆 Features one of the best animal companions ever!! The Peeve is like a long-ear desert cat that snuffle-kazoo-talks (I’m thinking exactly like Teddy the Porcupine eating pumpkins) and gets into mischief and I want one

8. The God of Small Things

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This is a book to drown in // it’s emotionally wrenching and stuffed to the gills with metaphors and similes and trauma // it’s one I’ll have to revisit sometime (last read over five years ago) but I couldn’t get it out of my mind for this post

9. Brave New World

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I am not one to fall for science-heavy-technical-detailed writing // I’m more prone (specifically in college) to giving baffling “scientific” explanations of mundane things whilst not-sober in a little segment known amongst friends as “Science Time with Shai” // um, but yeah, this book drew me in with its superb writing, both ahead of its time and frighteningly just two minutes into the future

10. Umbrella Academy

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I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE TELLY ADAPTATION *CROSSES EVERYTHING* LOOK AT THAT CAST (Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Emmy Raver-Lampman!!!) but until then please please please check out this series // it has so much fun with superhero/timey wimey/dysfunctional family tropes *gross sobbing*

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Have you read any of these titles? What are some of your forgotten favorites? Let me know below!

 

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

  1. SAGA! I actually finally picked it up because so many Booktubers that I follow were hyping it up and it was absolutely worth all the hype I had heard. I wish graphic novels weren’t so pricey (or my library had a better selection) so I could read more of them!!

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    1. Thanks for commenting Sarah! Saga is so fab, ugh, it just hurts my heart in the best way. Yeah, it is actually a pretty hyped book 😀 but I just wanted to make sure I raved about it a bit more! Libraries are my go-to for GNs because you’re right, they can get pretty expensive. Hope you’re reading something awesome atm!

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  2. I really wanted to enjoy The God of Small Things, I mean it made me cry but it had such a lethargic pace and a matching tone (though I guess that’s the point) but still… I wish there was just a sliver of light and hope.
    Definitely looking forward to Station Eleven! 🙂

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    1. I read Brave New World on my own and was just sucked into the lovely writing. 1984 was definitely a school assigned read and even when I’ve picked it up since… I just don’t like it. (I feel like those get compared a lot lol.)

      Oooh, hope you get to pick up Saga soon! And thanks for the comment 🙂

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