Jan 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday (181)

is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

This very easily could've been--and almost was--the vast majority of my favorite books of 2016 (which haven't been officially posted about here, but can be found on my Instagram). I didn't want to make this list all about those and preferred to focus on other books that could really use some recognition, so I chose to include three books from that list, a 2016 reread and first time read, one upcoming 2017 release that you should keep an eye or two on, and some underrated reads from 2015. I hope you find some (not exactly new) new books to add your TBR!

The Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong: I finally reread this in 2016 and OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS. I'm pretty sure this is going to be an annual reread out of pure selfishness and necessity. There is a SHIP here and I forgot how GOOD it is and DEREEEEEEEEEEEEK.

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst: This was a completely random read for me, and though it certainly isn't perfect, I really don't give a damn. I REALLY REALLY LIKED IT. It's a retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and it's a romance with a polar bear (the Polar Bear King, to be precise), and it gets a very icy gold star.

Parasitology by Mira Grant: Please don't let this series about a tapeworm apocalypse be a turnoff because it's a series about a tapeworm apocalypse. It's actually really, really, really good and the execution is STELLAR. I kind of adore it, to be honest, tapeworms and all (well, sort of).

Undead by Kirst McKay: This just may be the biggest surprise of 2016, for how could I possibly love a comedy-style novel about zombies? BECAUSE I LOVED IT. It's completely ridiculous but in all the ways, and I AM HERE FOR IT and I DESPERATELY NEED A THIRD BOOK.

Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: Oh, man, these books are SO GOOD. I read the last two back to back and literally got high and drunk off them. If you like fantasy or are looking for a good fantasy then PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE READ THIS AMAZING WONDERFUL FEELSY ROMANTIC EXCELLENCE TRILOGY.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand: If you're looking for a cheery book, this is not that. But there's under it's sad tone is something kind of beautiful? And there are very, VERY few last lines I remember and that hit with a punch, and this has one those.

A Magic Dark and Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic: Ooh, another book I LIKED but didn't expect to, at least not so much! Reading this was just so fun and I wish more people would read it because it's GOOD and ghosty and shippy and all that fun stuff. I'm just waiting on that dang sequel still.

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott: When I picked this up it just hit the spot, and while it wasn't my favorite contemporary of 2016, it was certainly notable. I liked its exploration of grief and the adventure aspect and how it was heavy without feeling so. It was romance but it was also frienship, and I LIKED IT.

The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong: This, ladies and gentlemen, is HOW YOU WRITE A THRILLER. It goes over the cliff and does bad things and doesn't hold back and I LOVE that. Kelley Armstrong, please write more (and all of the) thrillers.

The Shadows We Know by Heart by Jennifer Park: Ah, a 2017 release! There's really only one thing you need to know about this book, and it's that it contains SASQUATCH. And there's another thing you need to know, because I feel like that element may turn people and/or that this will fly under the radar and stay hidden in the shadows when it SHOULDN'T: it's in no way, shape, or form ridiculous, and it's very, very, very good.

Which hidden gems are your favorites?


  1. I think Kelley Armstrong has another thriller coming out in 2017 and I am very excited because I loved The Masked Truth! The Shadows We Know by Heart sounds very intriguing!
    Here's my TTT

  2. I have Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Last Time We Say Goodbye on my TBR :-)

  3. I have never heard of any of these, but have added The Masked Truth and The Shadows We Know by Heart to by TBR list!
    Check out my TTT at: https://kellyfbarr.com/2017/01/17/top-ten-tuesday-45/

  4. A Magic Dark and Bright was totally on my radar and I completely forgot about it!! I gotta put it back on my list!

  5. ahh, girl of fire & thorns + the darkest powers are my WEAKNESS. both need a reread soon! i miss those characters

  6. The Last Time We Say Goodbye is familiar to me, but I haven't seen it around for a while, so it was forgotten. Guess it's a good thing I've now been reminded to look it up again. :) Yay for an underrated book Top Ten Tuesday.

  7. Nice list of books. Many new book titles for me to check out!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/01/top-ten-tuesday-ten-underratedhidden.html

  8. Good list, I loved The Darkest Powers series and I'm interested in reading The Masked Truth now since you say it such a good thriller and because I loved the suspense she built up in The Darkest Powers series so I have no doubt she could write a good thriller.

  9. I love Girl of Fire and Thorns, and The Last Time We Say Goodbye has been on my TBR for quite awhile now. The Shadows We Know By Heart sounds interesting. I'm not a Sasquatch fan per se, but I do live in Bigfoot territory, so I might want to check it out.

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