Top Ten Tuesday: Books Y’all Need to Stop Sleeping On

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Happy Tuesday!

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!

Let’s begin!


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UNDERWATER  by MARISA REICHARDT21945590

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.

26858707ONE 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 REDGATE26240663

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 27841705

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.

 
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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 29075691

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 30304059

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 29087455

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 23566506

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 THINGS26114135 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.


If you posted a TTT for this week, drop your link down below so I can check them out!

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21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Y’all Need to Stop Sleeping On

  1. Yaaas Seven Ways We Lie! Sooo underrated. I’ve now read Noteworthy as well (her second novel) and omg I also love it. She’s such a good writer for a debut author.

    I’ll Meet You There is one of my fave realistic contemporaries. I’ve also read Trade Me, and I gotta say that I quite enjoyed it. I didn’t love it, but it was very well-written and (surprisingly) insightful for a book that I had expected to just be all about romance and sex.

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    • YOU’VE ALREADY READ NOTEWORTHY?! AND YOU LOVED IT?! I wasn’t planning on reading ARC yet, but I might read it sooner now. I also expected Trade Me to be heavy on the romance as well since it has the ‘billionaire-trope’ (which I’m not really a big fan of), but it took me by surprised. I’m glad you enjoyed it as well, Reg!

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      • Yes I have! I couldn’t stop myself and with ARC books I tend to get them out of the way as soon as possible, just in case I fall into a reading slump and don’t feel like reading for months. 😛

        I know! Blake was really sweet, and I like that their relationship didn’t immediately get physical. Have you read the next book yet?

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      • I did read Hold Me, although I didn’t love it as much as the first book because the male MC annoyed the hell out of me. He was just so rude in the first half of the book, I wanted to slap him. I love Maria though and she has great taste in fashion, haha.

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  2. I’ve read 2/10, that’s good, right? I did really love Underwater, I think because it was nothing like I expected from the summary. It was just such an unexpected and interesting read. And I adored I’ll Meet You There, it’s been sat on my reread shelf for a while now. I seriously want to reread just to make sure it’s as good as I remember.

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  3. Thanks for sharing, Ari. Most of this book are either on my tbr-list or I’ve already read and loved them. But Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate went under my radar, thaniks for bringing it to my attention.

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