Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking about underrated gems we’ve discovered recently. So I am going to tell you about 10 books I read in 2016, that I wish were talked about more often in our book blogging and booktubing communities. They may not be underrated in general (some of these have quite some ratings on Goodreads) but I don’t often see them mentioned in blog posts.
Dark Legion (Blood of Blood #1) by Paul Kleynhans // This only has 51 ratings on Goodreads… That makes me so sad! I really enjoyed this first book, and the second one too. It’s a dark fantasy novel about a prince-turned-slave-assassin.
The Warded Man (Demon Cycle #1) by Peter V. Brett // This is not really an underrated series in general -especially not on Reddit Fantasy. There it’s mentioned quite often. But I don’t really see it around in our community, which makes me so sad. I loved it, and I still can’t wait to read the second book.
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi // This isn’t technically underrated either because it was a 2015 Goodreads Awards nominee for Science Fiction, but again I never see people talk about it! It was really good. And kind of scary because it’s quite a realistic novel. I can actually see this happen to us all one day.
Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) by Rachel Aaron // I will always mention Rachel Aaron in posts like this one because I absolutely love her work and don’t often see people talk about it. (I mean, I’ve seen Mogsy and Kaja talk about this specific series. But they are the only ones I can really think of). I also love her Legend of Eli Monpress series and think that’s underrated too but I read that prior to 2016.
Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach // Rachel Bach is the same person as Rachel Aaron (mentioned above), and I love her books. This is a space opera trilogy! About a mercenary woman, a spaceship with a bird as pilot -and other cool stuff.
The Moon in the Palace (Empress of Bright Moon #1) by Weina Dai Randel // I’ve talked about this many times already. It’s a historical fiction novel set in Ancient China. Go read it.
Gravity by Tess Gerritsen // I feel like Tess Gerritsen is quite well known, yet I haven’t seen many people talk about her books? Especially this one. Maybe I’m not following enough bloggers who read mysteries and thrillers?
The Emperor’s Spy (Rome #1) by M.C. Scott // I picked this one -and its sequel- up on a whim during a book sale. I love Ancient Rome, so I’m always willing to give books set in that time a go. I actually really enjoyed this! It’s historical fiction, and it includes a big part of history. By that, I mean the focus doesn’t just lie on Rome.
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp // I’m not sure this is underrated either, because I have seen reviews around on blogs. But I still want more people to read it, and talk about it!
Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram // I read this book in November last year, and was so surprised by it. I expected a cute and fluffy read. But this tackles so much more than just Cinderella. It’s about disability, family, self-confidence, bullying, grief, etc. This is a criminally underrated YA contemporary and people need to read it now.
So those are 10 books I read in 2016 that I believe more people in our community should read/talk about. Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Which books do you think are underrated?