Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! Once hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, it is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a weekly book feature where a topical list-prompt is posted and readers respond with their top ten for that prompt! Yours truly tends to go over ten, but hey, what can a passionate reader do?
This week’s topic is: Hidde Gems
Or, what books are completely underappreciated in every way, shape and form, which is not only sad because they are such good books to devour, but also because, how are you supposed to talk to others about these books if everyone else hasn’t read them and obsessed over them like you have!?
Yes, I have the books for you:
Soul of the World by David Mealing
This is honestly one of the better books that I’ve read recently (and I’ve read some really kickass books). The sequel just came out last month (and I’m pretty dang stoked to read it), but the first book has been out for over a year, now, and I’ve found that not a lot of people I know I have read it. I’m over here quite confused by that, because it has everything I want in an epic fantasy, except that Mealing just seems to do all those elements better? I just don’t get it, how has everyone not devoured this debut yet?
The Twelve Houses Series by Sharon Shinn
Now, I may be completely out of tune and these might be super popular books, especially after they first came out, but I don’t remember them being super popular. And, to be completely honest, this series is on my To-Reread list (hopefully this year, if I can manage it) because while I remember falling head over heels for this series, I can’t exactly remember all what goes on.
The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen
If you know me, I have probably preached this series to you. It floors me how everyone hasn’t read this series and it isn’t a childhood classic. It’s just a positively fun book with a twist at the end of the first book that completely changes the entire series and sets the tone for the rest of the books that, honestly, amped it up for me. I recently reread the first five (still need to read the last two for the first time) and truly, I don’t understand how everyone isn’t as obsessed as I am.
The Bloodbound Trilogy by Erin Lindsey
I powered through this trilogy so quickly and I’ve been waiting for Lindsey to return to a medieval fantasy setting ever since. You can check out my reviews if you want to read the full raves, but I just couldn’t get enough of her characters and her world, but especially Alix. She was an inspiration when I needed one most and I think more people, but women especially, should be reading about her.
The Scorched Continent Trilogy by Megan O’Keefe
Ahhhhh, give me Detan and Tibbs forever and always. Not only did this series have a completely unique and interesting premise, but the characters drew me in and didn’t let me go (even if they broke my heart a little bit in the process). Another trilogy you’ll fly through, so go ahead and buy them all at once and save yourself the pain, yeah?
Epic Failure Series by Joe Zieja
If you like to laugh and you want to do it thinking about space, do I have the books for you. Another series I’m not sure how it hasn’t taken the world by storm, this series I look forward to in order to not only escape reality, but know I’m going to have a good time while doing it. It’s lighthearted and hilarious, but also has heart and characters you can’t help but root for (Deet forever <3).
The Chaos Queen Quintet by Christopher Husberg
I think this is one of the more popular books on this list, but it still isn’t Brandon Sanderson or Brent Weeks level popular and that just leaves me…confused. Husberg’s worldbuilding is enough alone to get me to read everything he ever pens and publishes, but then you add in the fantastic characters, the engrossing plot and the intricate world, and your question shouldn’t be why you waited so long to read this series, but why isn’t it next summer yet, because FEAR THE STARS is coming and I’m so ready.
Bloodsounder’s Arc by Jeff Salyards
Such a gem of a series that I am so thankful I stumbled upon. It’s dark, it’s gritty, but it’s so visceral and real, told through the eyes of a scribe, which was just so freakin’ neat and such a different way to tell these stories. If you’re a fan of fantasy, you’ve got to read these books.
The Cal Leandros Series by Rob Thurman
This is urban fantasy at it’s finest. If you’re a fan of Supernatural, then you’re going to fall in love with Cal and Niko just as hard, but falling for them is going to be just as dangerous.
Shattered Kingdoms by Evie Manieri
So, full disclosure: I haven’t actually finished this trilogy yet. In fact, I’ve only read the first book and it’s been so long since I’ve read it, I can’t remember too much about it (it’s another series on my reread/to finish list). HOWEVER, I remember being positively floored and desperate to read the next one (thanks for messing that up for me, life).
There you have it! A list of incredible books and a now even heavier TBR list. A lot of women on this list, too, which is a bit sad, because it just shows how much we need to support our female authors, because they are damn good storytellers. But regardless, let me know if you decide to check out one of these books! Obviously, I’m dying to talk to others about their awesomeness. And please, share your links to your TTT lists down below, so I can be sure and check them out, too!