Top Ten Tuesday #53 – Books That I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! Of course, it is tradition on this blog that we do Top Ten Tuesday’s. and honestly… I am really loving today’s prompt.

I will admit, I do repeat books a lot… *cough* Caraval *cough*. But today we are going to talk about the books I enjoyed, but don’t nearly talk about enough. Now, a lot of these books are actually pretty popular, but here on this blog, I don’t generally talk too much about them. So let’s just dive right in and give these books the spotlight they rightfully deserve, shall we?

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

  1. Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
  2. Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
  3. There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
  4. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: Books I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

(1) The Perfect Son – Lauren North ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The Perfect Son

I am not just shocked, but totally dumbfounded as to why this book didn’t get more hype than it did. I really don’t hear anyone talking about this book and I really wish that could change. It came out last year in August and I actually received it as an Arc from the publisher. I knew it was a mystery, and it sounded interesting. I mean come on, a mother who wakes up from the hospital and realizes her child is missing and she’s been stabbed? Good lord. The DRAMA. But this book was uhh… let’s just say completely surprising and blew me completely out of the water. I gave it a 4/5 stars, but I have been contemplating that decision for a long time.

(2) My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

My Lovely Wife

What a book this was. My god, the writing… the plot… the characters! It was a genius book, and I have never heard of anything like this nor read anything like it. This was a debut (I believe) and I cannot wait to read what Downing puts out next. If she wants to start us off with a husband and wife killing team, her next book is going to be genius.

(3) Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Opposite of Always

I think this is the only book I have read with time travel in it, and to my surprise I actually seriously enjoyed it. I won’t give the plot away because I feel like with this one you should go in a little blind, but it is a really cute story and would definitely recommend everyone should try reading.

(4) Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Eliza and Her Monsters

Eliza is easily one of the most relatable characters I have ever read a point of view from in my entire life. I thought this book was beautiful, unbelievably well written, and I don’t cry with many books, but this is definitely one of the rare ones that made me cry. It’s a pretty popular book with the YA community, but I don’t nearly talk as much about it as I should.

(5) An Unwanted Guest – Shari Lapena ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

An Unwanted Guest

Being totally honest here, I know I talk about Shari Lapena’s book’s quite a bit, but this one doesn’t nearly get all the love it deserves on this blog in my opinion. It is easily on of the best Thrillers I have ever read in my entire life, and I am not sure if anything will be able to compare to it. It’s set up as a ‘And Then There Were None’ sort of storytelling, which I LOVE, and it is just done so well. UGH! Go read it!

(6) Romanov – Nadine Brandes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


I received this as an eArc the beginning of last year and yikes… another incredible story. I have never read Fawkes, which is basically what Nadine is known for (other than her adorable instagram), but I really had a hunch when requesting this book that it was going to be something truly magical. And boy, what a magical fun story this was. 100% recommend it.

(7) Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Love & Gelato (Love & Gelato, #1)

I read this book back in 2018 and really enjoyed it. I haven’t been able to get to the next books in the series, but I do plan on doing that in the near future.

(8) They Both Die At The End -Adam Silvera ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

They Both Die at the End

Another really good back that I read back in 2018 that was just so creative! I don’t think I would have ever been able to come up with a story line like this one had that was just so detailed! Such a cool, but yet soul-crushing concept.

(9) The Playbook Series – Alexa Martin ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Intercepted (Playbook, #1)

Well, seeing as I love football and love a good adult romance book, these books are basically made for me lol. I love the writing, they are good books that have just the right amount of drama in them for me to love and both books I’ve given pretty good ratings. I know the third book is out, so I will have to pick that up soon.

(10) The Fault In Our Stars – John Green ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The Fault in Our Stars

Yes, this last book is a very popular book, but on this blog, well it’s basically non-existent. It’s not my fault I read this book back in like 2014 okay? I need to re-read this because it really was an incredible story that unfortunately, I have no notes on.

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