Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden gems from my shelves

TTT back to school

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Hidden Gems in Genre X — but I figured, why limit myself to just one genre? Below are 10 book I’ve read and loved — and which deserve to be read by everyone!

1) I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe: Beautiful, haunting historical fiction set during the Civil War

2) The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi: This is silly, fun sci-fi at its wacky best. You can’t take it too seriously — just buckle in and go along for the ride.

3) Not Me by Michael Lavigne: A powerful, thought-provoking story about identity, forgiveness, and the unforgivable.

4) Deerskin by Robin McKinley: A chilling retelling of a lesser-known fairy tale, definitely not for kids.

5) Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn: This one shows up on my lists a lot. Fun with letters, fun with words! It’s just awesome.

6) The Humans by Matt Haig: Sweetly funny and oddly uplifting, with beautiful writing.

7) The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan: Yes, it’s a dictionary… but it’s also a novel, and it’s both clever and moving.

8) The Jane True series by Nicole Peeler: A supernatural series with a selkie as its star, surrounded by all sorts of unusual supes, lots of humor, and plenty of steaminess too.

9) Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn: A fictional look at the private life of Queen Elizabeth that’s really a great ride.

10) Sailor Twain: Or, The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel: A lovely, haunting graphic novel.

Have you read any of these? What hidden gems are on your list this week?  Please share your TTT link and I’ll drop by for a visit.


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16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden gems from my shelves

    • I wouldn’t exactly consider it scary… but it is pretty disturbing and upsetting. I do love this cover! I think the newest version has a different look — but this is what mine looks like, and I think it’s amazing.

    • Ha, the connection to PKD intrigued me too, but it’s really more of just a wink via the title than anything truly thematic in the book. Will head over and check out your list — I’m curious to see what McKinley you’re featuring!

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