Top 10 Tuesday — Hidden Gems

17 Jan

The folks at The Broke And The Bookish have challenged us to list those books we term underrated/hidden gems. I really hate the term underrated. It has such a negative feel to it. So I am choosing to focus on books that I consider hidden gems — books that many people may not know about, but would love if they gave them a chance. The last time I tackled a list like this was back in July when the Top 10 Tuesday theme was books with less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. Well, most of the books I read fit in this category! Why? Perhaps readers are just not motivated to rate books. But ratings mean a lot to authors — it helps with visibility and ultimately sales of their books. If you love a book I encourage you to rate it!

So here is a list of books I read in the last half of 2016 with not a lot of stars following their titles. Many of them made my Best of 2016 list too. To find out what other bloggers consider hidden gems, click HERE.


Top 10 Hidden Gems

(Books with under 200 ratings on Goodreads)

The Cantaloupe Thief by Deb Richardson-Moore

A Day And A Life by Penelope Wilcock

The Fifth Column by Mike Hollow


Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert

The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran

Of Stillness And Storm by Michele Phoenix

The Raven by Mike Nappa


Since You’ve Been Gone by Christa Allan

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Within The Veil by Brandy Vallance


Have you read any of these books?

If you haven’t already, head over to Goodreads and rate them!

8 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Hidden Gems”

  1. jill hoke January 17, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    great list.The only ones I’ve read are Stillness and Storm and Since You’ve Been Gone. I liked both of them. I plan on reading Forest Child later this year.

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2017 at 9:40 am #

      If you haven’t yet, make sure to read Heather’s God’s Daughter first. It’s not necessary, but it adds a lot of background. And it’s a great story too. 🙂

  2. Lisa @ Captivated Reader January 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    All of your books in your post this week are new to me and they look good!

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week:

    • rbclibrary February 1, 2017 at 8:03 am #

      Sorry for the delayed response. Your comment went to spam and I just found it. 🙁 Thanks for visiting and sharing.

  3. heatherdaygilbert January 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    Ooh, several of these are on my To-Read list! Thanks so much for including Forest Child, Beckie. It’s amazing how many people might love a book but never review it–I understand that many aren’t on Goodreads/Amazon, etc., but it if you are, it really does help authors!

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2017 at 9:39 am #

      It’s so important to get out the “real” reviews/ratings too. The Goodreads campaigns against authors are terrible, in my opinion. Rating a book because it may contain things you don’t like and not even reading it shouldn’t be allowed. Off the soapbox now. 😉

  4. Rissi January 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    I read “Within the Veil” and really liked it; definitely a great armchair adventure. Christa’s is one I’d like to read soon too. 🙂

    • rbclibrary January 25, 2017 at 7:27 am #

      Brandy’s books provide adventure and something a bit different. Make sure to read Christa’s book — very good!

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