It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you thanks to the girls at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s subject is underrated books, and I have decided that for the purposes of this post, I’m going to mention books I really enjoyed in 2016 that currently have less than 50 reviews on Amazon.
This week’s list was much easier to keep to a manageable number—although, strictly speaking, I still have more than ten books on my list. But they can be grouped into four series and one novella, so if you go by that count, I’m actually under this week 🙂
So, without further ado, here is my list of underrated books. The titles are linked to the Amazon page (affiliate links):
If you love fantasy, you have to check out this series by Ronie Kendig. If you love books by Ronie Kendig, you have to check out this series—by Ronie Kendig. If you love reading fantastic stories with fantastic characters and fantastic stuff happening and fantastic tension and… lots of fantasticness, you have to read this series! Are you getting the picture? I seriously don’t understand why this series doesn’t have more reviews!
PS: If you aren’t convinced yet, read my review of Accelerant here.
The best way to gauge my love for this series is to read my review of Far and Near here. I have kind of cheated a little, because the first novel in this series does actually have more than 50 reviews on Amazon, however the rest of this brilliant series is sadly neglected in the reviews department. 😦 The premise is quite simple: Bibles have been banned for inciting violence and hate speech, and Christianity is outlawed. It is the job of the Philosophical Constabulary to apprehend and re-educate anyone who continues to practise or preach Christianity. It is chillingly realistic, and yet never so dark that you lose sight of the light. And the characters—especially Marcus and Lee—absolutely grabbed me. It tackles situations and questions that every Christian needs to consider, and—oh, my goodness—if I don’t stop now I’ll end up writing a review all over again!
This is a sweet series set in the Depression era that’s perfect for someone who’s looking for a read that’s engaging, but not intense. The bonus is that the setting is an uncommon one, and captured really well. I’m not sure when the third in the series is due to release, but I’m really looking forward to reading it when it does!
Dr. Horatio and the Six-Toed Cat, The Most Illegal Goose Creek Parade, Renovating the Richardsons, The Room with the Second-Best View, and A Goose Creek Christmas (Tales from the Goose Creek B&B) – Virginia Smith
Somehow I’ve managed to go from the most intense series to the least intense series here (totally by accident, I promise!) This is a fun series set in the small Kentucky town of Goose Creek, with the almost-retired Al Richardson and his wife Millie as the central characters. It’s a thoroughly engaging read if you’re after something light-hearted but real—full of the sort of quirky characters, small town issues, and everyday dramas that make life interesting. You can find my reviews for the last three books in the series below:
Ordinary Snowflakes – Jennifer Rodewald
*sigh* I love this novella. I love the cover, I love the characters, I love the story… you get the idea. Technically this is a Christmas novella, but don’t let that stop you from picking it up at any other time of the year. It’s a heart-melting read whenever you choose to read it. And it really deserves more reviews than it currently has! You can read my review here.
* Added five minutes after I originally posted this post… 🙄
The Thorn Healer – Pepper Basham
If you love romance and you haven’t discovered Pepper Basham’s books you’re missing out. Big time. The Thorn Healer is the third book in her Penned in Time series, and the hero, August, is an absolute keeper! As in, he’s mine… 😉
You can read my review here.
Better Together – Kimberly Stuart
Kimberly Stuart was a new author for me in 2016, but she shot straight to my list of ‘check-out-the-backlist-posthaste’ authors! I love the way she handles the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood with humour, even in the midst of tackling some serious and sensitive subjects. It’s like the best of chick lit and women’s fiction all rolled into one. You can read my full review here.
If you want to check out some more underrated/hidden gems, why not check out Carrie’s list over at Reading is My Superpower. It’s all her fault I had to add to my list after I’d already posted! 😄