Top Ten Tuesday | 12 Quiet Books Hidden on my Bookshelf

September 11, 2018 43 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday | 12 Quiet Books Hidden on my Bookshelf

Today’s another Top Ten Tuesday meme, which means we get to discuss all the books.

That Artsy Reader Girl September 11: Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?) Top Ten Tuesday

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Jana (our book meme hostess) asks us to share those books we don’t normally talk about in our lists. That seems an easy enough task. Or it does to me. Especially since I don’t talk about half the books on my shelf (seriously, what is it about our favorite books that repeat on our lists?). There’s just something about those favorite books that we keep coming back to – and also, we want to spotlight as many times as possible.

Today’s list features books I don’t talk about much (at least I don’t think I have), but with exception to two titles, they’re also all books I have not yet read. Still they do fit into the frame of the topic because not only don’t I talk about these books much, but I don’t see them hyped overmuch.

Let’s have a look. (Recycling last week’s graphics, because I still don’t have my stuff together when it comes to prepping blog posts!! Lazy blogger alert, but at least we still get to talk all the pretty books!)

12 Quiet Books Hidden on my Bookshelf

1: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett | Haven’t read anything by this author, but I do hear all kinds of good things about her books (mostly her newest book, Starry Eyes). What I have not seen is much talk surrounding this novel. Amazon | Goodreads

2 & 3: Emmy and Oliver, and Far From the Tree by Robin Benway | Despite hearing really good
things about Robin’s books (especially Emmy & Oliver), I did intend to read one of her books. As of yet I have not remedied this!

Emmy & Oliver: Amazon | Goodreads • Far from the Tree: Amazon | Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday4: With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden | Once upon a time I read this pretty historical. It’s been too long and though I feel like I enjoyed its story, someday a re-read is in order – as is a “catch up” session on Elizabeth’s books. Amazon | Goodreads

5: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | A contemporary (kind of) YA Sherlock?! I’m in. Amazon | Goodreads

6: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas | This one has been on my shelf for what seems forever. I picked it up because it looked like a fun, quick and entertaining read. It still holds this kind of appeal today. Have you read this one? Amazon | GoodreadsTop Ten Tuesday

7: The Rise and Fall of Jane by Corrie Garrett | This one is a contemporary re-telling of Jane Eyre, and as I’ve said so many times in the past, that’s one story I see very little nods to (not counting the many film adaptations). This one is a more recent add to my shelf, but I’m curious: have you read this one!? Amazon | Goodreads

8: Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall | How cute does this one look?? Super, right!? Not only does the synopsis sound fun, but I adore this title. Oh, and I really need to remedy the fact that I have not yet read a novel by this author. Ooops! Amazon | Goodreads

9: The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel | This one released late last year, and is actually one of those I kind of forgot to buy ASAP. Fortunately, I did remember and now, I have a copy of this novel (which sounds beautiful) just where it should be: on my shelf! Amazon | Goodreads

10: Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson | Another YA novel that sounds unique, I was drawn to this one thanks to its bright turquoise backdrop and pop of red in the form of balloons! Amazon | Goodreads

11: Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith | The second book on this list that I’ve actually read. I know I have talked about this one quite a bit, but it’s been a while, right? Plus I don’t feel like Jennifer’s books make very many lists, and if this story is anything to go by, I’m going to love her other books! Amazon | Goodreads

12: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm | Basically the title for this one made me sit up and take notice of it. I mean, isn’t it cute? After that, of course I also think the story sounds really fun, too. Amazon | Goodreads

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Tell me, what “hidden gems” stay hidden on your bookshelf? Or what books do you love, but don’t feel as if they earn enough praise? Comment down below with your best “hidden gem” favorites. I’d love to read about them – and of course, leave those Top Ten Tuesday links. I’d be glad to come by and visit.

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43 Comments

  • Greg September 11, 2018 at 4:16 am

    I really want to read Jenn Bennett, probably starting with Starry eyes- it looks so awesome! And Top Ten Clues You're Clueless and Signs Point To Yes look great too (and I love BOTH those titles!).

    Happy Tuesday!

    • Rissi September 11, 2018 at 4:23 am

      Her books sound so good, Greg. I just have to prioritize one on my TBR (I own three of hers, so… no excuses!). Don't they sound fun!? (And I agree. Both Liz's and Sandy's have great titles.)

      Appreciate you visiting! :)

  • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 11, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Great list! I love the spin you put on it by talking mostly about books you haven't read yet. :) I've also heard good things about Jenn Bennett's writing, but I don't own any of her books yet – I should fix that! Emmy & Oliver has been on my kindle way too long so I need to read that soon, too, as well as A Study in Charlotte. Hopefully you'll find some new favorites in this list when you read them!

    — Destiny @ Howling Libraries
    T10T: Scared of the Hype!

    • Rissi September 11, 2018 at 4:54 am

      I thought that was fun since I often feature repeat books. :)

      YAY! Glad to know you too have heard good things about Jenn's books. I'm hoping this fall I finally pick them up. Nice to read about some of these being on your TBR as well; here's hoping we both enjoy, Destiny.

      Thanks so much for the visit.

  • ChrissiReads September 11, 2018 at 4:37 am

    I haven't read any of the books on your list. I do want to read Jenn Bennett at some point though. I hope that these books are wonderful. My TTT

    • Rissi September 11, 2018 at 4:57 am

      Jenn's books seem to receive so many good reviews and ratings. This is probably why I own so many. ;)

      Thanks for visiting, Chrissi!

  • Brooke Lorren September 11, 2018 at 6:26 am

    I just love the title of Top Ten Clues You're Clueless! Just that alone makes me want to read it. Thank you for sharing your list!

  • Maggie September 11, 2018 at 8:06 am

    I LOVED A Study in Charlotte! I'm so looking forward to reading the next two books! Happy Tuesday!

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Ah, yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed ‘Charlotte.’ Something about this one seems like a perfect autumn time read. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Maggie.

  • Isabelle (the Book Dutchesses) September 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I loved Emmy & Oliver! That is definitely a hidden gem that deserves so much more attention!
    Here are my hidden gems: https://thebookdutchesses.com/2018/09/11/ttt-44-hidden-gems/

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      YAY! I love seeing recommendations for some of these books. Thanks for sharing, Isabelle; and for the visit. :)

  • Aymee September 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    It's Not Me, It's You is a great title!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Right?! Gotta’ love a book with a fabulous title! Thanks so much for visiting, Amyee. :)

  • Brittaney September 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    With Every Breath is tied as my favorite Elizabeth Camden novel. I wasn't sure how much I would like The Heart Between Us, but it really touched me.

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      I’m so terribly behind on reading Elizabeth’s books. But someday I shall catch up! In the meantime, I’m so glad to know ‘Heart’ is a lovely read. :)

      As always, glad you stopped by, Brittaney.

  • Jess @ Jessticulates September 11, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Great list! So many of these I haven't heard of so I'll have to do some exploring, methinks.

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Gotta love the chance to find new books! Thanks for visiting, Jess. :)

  • KB Schollenberger September 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I haven't read any of these, although I've been intrigued by Emmy & Oliver. My personal favorite hidden gem is The Language Inside, by Holly Thompson. YA told in poetry format!

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      Doesn’t it sound and look interesting? Here’s hoping we both like Emmy & Oliver if we read it, KB! Your favorite is a new to me author and title. Thanks for sharing – and for the visit. :)

  • IloveHeartlandX September 11, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Of these, I've only read A Study In Charlotte, which I liked, but didn't love. In terms of Sherlock retellings, I think Ellie Marney's Every Breath is much better.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/top-ten-tuesday-176/

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Ooo! The Sherlock book you mention is a new-to-me title!! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll definitely have to give it a look see. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by.

  • Kyra September 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    It's Not Me, It's You is SUCH A FUN READ! I read it the beginning of this year and really enjoyed it!

    My TTT post!

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Wonderful! I’m so glad to read this, Kyra. Thanks for sharing – and for the visit. :)

  • Alicia AKernelofNonsense September 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I've read two of Jenn Bennett's books and think you'd really enjoy her. I haven't read Anatomical though.

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      I’m so hopefully I’ll enjoy Jenn’s books, so I’m glad you think they’re good reads too, Alicia. :)

      Glad you were able to visit. Thanks!

  • Kasey @ The Story Sanctuary September 11, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I loved A Study in Charlotte! I've read Starry Eyes, but not the others by Jenn Bennett. Hidden gems on my shelves would have to include Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, which I am desperate to read but somehow haven't managed to start yet. Here's my TTT.

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      I’ve heard AMAZING things about Ruta Sepetys’ book, but haven’t read anything! I should remedy this. :) Glad to know ‘Charlotte’ and Starry Eyes are good reads. Thanks for the visit, Kasey. :)

  • AJ Sterkel September 11, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    I did a similar take on the topic. I haven’t read the books on my list, either. When you read these, I hope you like them!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks so much, AJ – and I do too. Appreciate you stopping by.

  • Angela Lawrence September 11, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    The Heart Between Us was really good, and I haven't seen anyone else talk about. Total wanderlust!

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      SO glad to read this, Angela. Thanks – and I appreciate you stopping by. :)

  • Abby Miller September 12, 2018 at 12:42 am

    What a great list! I haven't read any of these, but a couple of them are on my TBR. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      Enjoy, Abby – and thank you for the visit. :)

  • Shannon/ It Starts at Midnight September 12, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless I bought when it was first released 293 years ago, and SAME hahah. One of these days! Also, I have read Anatomical Shape (though I bought it as Night Owls, the UK version because the cover is prettier hah) and it was quite good- not *as* good as Starry Eyes, but good. OH and do yourself a favor and read the Robin Benway books- they are both phenomenal and she does NOT get the credit she deserves!

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one that’s had books on my shelf for 200+ years. ;) Also, good to know about ‘Anatomical,’ oh and I’m all about pretty cover art, so I don’t blame you wanting to get the UK cover. I clearly need to search the cover.

      YAY! Love that Robin Benway is getting some good recommendations in the comments. Makes me ALL the more excited to read one of her books. I’ll have to prioritize this.

      Thanks, as always, for the visit, Shannon.

  • Amanda Holmes September 12, 2018 at 3:54 am

    The Heart Between Us is the only one that I have on my Kindle, but I will have to check into a lot of these, since they sound like fun reads! I'm especially drawn to the re-telling of Jane Eyre.;)

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      Doesn’t it sound interesting? I don’t see many re-tellings of novels like Jane Eyre, so I’m curious to discover what this one is like.

      Thanks for visiting, Amanda. :)

  • Jazmin Jade September 12, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I highly recommend Emmy & Oliver! I did it at either the beginning of the year or the end of last year and it was such a beautiful read. My TTT https://wp.me/p3ftwe-X4

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      SO glad to know this, Jazmin! I hope I enjoy Emmy & Oliver, too. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

  • Lauren @ Always Me September 14, 2018 at 2:57 am

    I’m going to have to try Robin Benway one of these days. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

    • Rissi September 18, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Me too!! Here’s hoping we both enjoy, Lauren. Thanks for visiting! :)

  • Chanel M. September 20, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Very cute titles. I was aware of some book like A Study in Charlotte and The Heart Between Us (both on my TBR) but you’re other book suggestions sound good, too. And the book covers are adorable! I’ll have to check them out!

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