Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So. The following books were some of my favorite reads for 2016 and I totally want more people to read these books because they are truly amazing!
UNDERWATER by MARISA REICHARDT
A story about overcoming a traumatic experience, this 2016 debut broke my heart and put it back together again and I really wish more people would read it.
ONE DAY SOON by MEREDITH WALTERS
A. Meredith Walters slays when it comes to New Adult romances that deal with mental illness and other adversities. She doesn’t sugar-coat anything and that is what I love most about her books. This book tackles a number of social issues, like homelessness, drugs, and child prostitution so if these topics are triggering for any of you, I would definitely recommend NOT reading this book.
SEVEN WAYS WE LIE by RILEY REDGATE
The book community needs to stop sleeping on Riley Redgate’s debut novel! One of the reason’s why I haven’t really been loving the YA genre lately was because I never felt like I could relate to the high school experience described in the YA books I was reading as they didn’t reflect my own. Then I read this debut and I fell completely in love and I can’t wait to dive into Redgate’s next book.
STAY UNTIL WE BREAK by MERCY BROWN
Stay Until We Break was a fun, sexy, and highly entertaining book that made me want to drive across the country with the windows down and the radio turned up loud. If you love books about bands with road trip shenanigans, then I HIGHLY recommend you pick this book up.
I’LL MEET YOU THERE by HEATHER DEMETRIOS
SO MANY TEARS! This was such an emotional an realistic YA contemporary and I feel like more people need to read it. Y’all are missing out if you haven’t picked this book up yet.
COLLARED by NICOLE WILLIAMS
This book was actually a bit of a surprise because it is not like William’s other works and I kind of wasn’t expecting her to write a book like this. This book is so much more than a romance, this book is about a family and community healing and finding hope after a traumatic event and I hope Williams writes another novel similar to this one again someday.
THE HARD COUNT by GINGER SCOTT
The Hard Count is so much more than your typical sports romance. This book tackles a number of heavy issues, like racism, societal expectations, family and I honestly wasn’t expected that. Also, the slow-burning romance was SO GOOD and this is hands-down one of the best YA books I read in 2016.
STEADFAST by SARINA BOWEN
MY FAVORITE SARINA BOWEN BOOK! More people need to read The Truth North series because it’s so freakin’ good. I promise that you that once you meet the Shipley family, you will want them to adopt you. The second books in this series is my favorite because it is a second chance romance that tackles issues like addiction and family abuse and I really enjoyed seeing Jude and Sophie work through their issues and find their happily ever after.
TRADE ME by COURTNEY MILAN
Another series people keep sleeping on, but I fell in love with the Cyclone series this year and the first book in this series is my absolute fave. Tina Chen is everything I wanted in a female MC and more! Romance readers, ADD THIS TO YOUR TBRS!
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by BRYN GREENWOOD
Not a book I would recommend to everyone, but if you’re into books that deal with darker themes, I recommend checking this book out. Keep in mind though, while this book deals with taboo topics, many of the events reflect the author’s own life experiences and I would definitely recommend reading about how her own life experiences helped to shape this story.
Sidenote: This is not a romance.
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