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Top 10 Tuesdays: Underrated books I loved

I’m back from my holidays, which were lovely and warm (I’m so sad I’m back in the cold), I read some great books but today I’m going to talk about a bunch of my favourite books that are criminally underrated.

Top Ten Tuesdays is a book meme currently hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. It has a new topic every week which you can find here. This weeks topic is Books I LOVED with fewer than 2000 ratings on goodreads.

Fair warning some of these I did originally get for free in exchange for an honest review (I’ve marked them as arcs) but they’ve remained on my favourites because they were awesome.

Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault (arc)

Fantasy: Sciency magic, a bigender baker by day/thief by night and the female cop who is charged with catching her who end up working together and forming a relationship, Super diverse.

Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sonderby

Scifi: An Autistic female lead sci fi, dealing with political treaties between alien species and the ensuing fall out when it goes wrong.

The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides (arc)

Fantasy: Locke Lamora but even better and with dragons! It’s massive, science based magical chemicals, a long con, and a brotp.

Steal the Sky by Megan O’Keefe

Fantasy: Umm, am I allowed to pitch this one as Locke Lamora like as well? The tone is much lighter and with more magic involved but the same great friendships (and flying airships)

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

NA Fantasy: Missing princes, riddles on old maps, cartographers, wanderlust and my favourite friendship between the young king and his explorer best friend that I might ever have read?

Darkling by Brooklyn Ray (arc)

NA Contemporary Fantasy Novella: A circle of queer witches dealing with becoming who they are. A whole siries of NA novellas each told from a different member of the circle. Gorgeous, witchy writing. The MC in this first one is Trans.

The Disasters by M K England

YA Scifi: A group of space academy drop outs have to go on the run to save the universe when their academy is attacked. Hilarious, diverse, and Nax is an amazing main character.

Lost Boy, Found Boy by Jenn Polish (arc)

YA Scifi Novella: A fully queer scifi retelling of Peter Pan that’s so well written and has so many little nods back to the original. I loved the android Tink and her computer code extracts too.

The Princess and the Fool by Paul Neafcy

Fantasy: This is definitely the oldest on this list. A princess’ carriage gets attacked and she only manages to escape with help from her fool, who is actually anything but foolish and has been protecting her for ages.

Sometime After Midnight by L Philips

YA Contemporary: A super fluffy and cute m/m story about a musician falling in love with the son of a record producer who was involved with his dads death.

Have you read any of these? And what about you, what’s your favourite underrated book? What about your favourite self published book? Please let me know in the comments and feel free to leave links to your own lists if you’ve done a top ten Tuesdays post as well.

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21 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesdays: Underrated books I loved”

  1. These sound like my kinds of books. Fantasy and scifi? Yes please! I think that from the descriptions, the ones that interest me the most would be Failure to Communicate and Isle of Blood and Stone. I’ve been meaning to start reading again, these might well be a great starting point.

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  2. I loved the Port Lewis novellas and I can’t wait to see what the author writes next in that world – I always want more queer witches in books. And I really liked Baker Thief too! It was a fun read and it’s one of the few books I’ve know that have an aromantic main character, I’m so glad it exists. Great list!

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  3. Great list! I’ve been curious about Steal the Sky for a long time- it’s even on my Amazon Wishlist. I’ve never picked it up because I’ve never seen it endorsed by any of my reading buddies. Isle of Blood and Stone sounds good too and I think this was the second “hidden gems” list I’ve seen it on.

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  4. Glad you had a nice holiday! 🙂 I’ve been meaning to read The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn as I do love a good fantasy heist. Glad to hear you enjoyed it though, I’ll have to bump it up my list! It is a hefty book though haha


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