Top Ten Tuesday | Underrated Bookish Gems (That you Should Totally Read)


Sometimes the prompts the Broke and Bookish ladies ask us to put together beg to be broken. Not because they aren’t awesome inspiration, but because as a blogger, we cannot think of ten books to fit inside the parameter of the rules.

Broke and Bookish January 17 | Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So (up to you if you want it to be those published in the past year or so or just ANY underrated book you've read recently) – Broke and Bookish


You see, I don’t think I’ve read many underrated gems in the last year. But… WAIT. Before you read into this, don’t mistake me, I’ve read many a GEM in the last year (just have a look at my Best of 2016 reads if you don’t believe me or search my Book Review tag – where you are sure to find lots of gush-y reviews), I’m just not sure many are (technically?) underrated. Plus I’m trying to steer clear of the books I read in the last year due to an awards program I’m involved with. While one or two from the last year are sure to appear here, most are sure to be reads I enjoyed from years before.

Let’s get this party started.

1. Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton | Really enjoyed Brodi’s hot-off-the-press release. It was a kind of Veronica Mars meets Ally Carter story that was fun to experience. Average (Godreads) Rating: ★★★.35 Amazon | Goodreads

2. Split Ends by Kristen Billerbeck | Going way back into my reading history with this one! In fact, I don’t remember much about it save for the fact that I did enjoy its brand of happy. Average (Goodreads) Rating: ★★★.62 Amazon | Goodreads 

3. To Get to You by Joanne Bischof | Joanne is a talented author to say the least, but she broke a typical mold with this YA “road trip” novel. The main reason being the first-person POV is from the perspective of the male character. Average (Goodreads) Rating: ★★★★.61 Amazon | Goodreads 

4. All Fall Down by Ally Carter | Considering the popularity of her Gallagher series, this new series is overlooked a great deal. Or it seems to be. Perhaps it’s not fair since I haven’t read the famous GG books, but I thought this book was really quite good. Average (Goodreads) Rating: ★★★.81 Amazon | Goodreads 

5. Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck | Whether this is underrated or not, this is a wonderful gem of a novel (see? It totally fits because “gem!”). I adore the contemporary fairy tale, and overall think this is my favorite book in Rachel’s ‘Royal Weddings’ series. (Oh, and if you like Hallmark films like A Royal Winter, you'll love this story.) Average (Goodreads) Rating: ★★★.85 Amazon | Goodreads 

6. Remembrance by Michelle Madow | I think I just featured this one not long ago, but I’m using it again. For reasons. Here are a few. A.) Time travel, B.) Taylor Swift (inspired by), and C.) a swoony romance. What more does one need? Average (Goodreads) Rating: ★★★.75 Amazon | Goodreads 

7. Anomaly by Krista McGee | A unique dystopian, the details of this one are fuzzy (because I read it so long ago), but I can tell you with a clear mind, I enjoyed this novel. Average (Goodreads) Rating: ★★★.72 Amazon | Goodreads

8. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith | Yep, I “been there, done that” in my gushing over this book. I’ll just go without saying anything else. (Except, you know, this is a good read!) Average (Gooreads) Rating: ★★★.65 Amazon | Goodreads 

9. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks | This is one of Sparks’ most “underrated” in terms of Goodreads reviews. It’s actually one of my favorites; I loved the all-encompassing way Travis loves Gabby, through the good times, and bad. Something novels/movies don't seem to portray nowadays. What’s your favorite by him? Average (Goodreads) Rating:★★★.99 Amazon | Goodreads 

10. Made to Last by Melissa Tagg | Super cute, super romantic and super adorable. (Do these things mean all the same thing!?) Plus, as a classic movie buff, Melissa wrote this as a kind of re-imagining of Christmas in Connecticut – sans all those babies. Which is a huge improvement on the original story. Bravo! Average (Goodreads) Rating:★★★.97 Amazon | Goodreads 
11. My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade | As this was Becky’s debut, this is also the first of her novels I ever read. What a lovely book it is. In fact, it’s the book that reinvigorated my reading of the contemporary romance genre and reminded me of its favored status in my reading life. Needless to say, I feel like a re-read is in store. Average (Goodreads) Rating: ★★★★.22 Amazon | Goodreads 

12. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | I’ve no idea if this is legitimately an underrated novel, but I just read it, and aww! It’s so cute. I got Gilmore Girls feels, and enjoy it as its own story. Plus, it’s one of Kasie’s books I don’t see around much. Why this is shall (to me) remain a mystery. (Also significant is, guys, I've FINALLY read a novel by Kasie!) ★★★.95 Amazon | Goodreads

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That brings January 17th’s Top Ten Tuesday to a close. How do you define an underrated book? Which books do you consider underrated? Tell us all about your favorite bookish gems. I’d love to chat with you all. And, in addition to responding to your comments here, I would love to visit your Top Ten Tuesday posts and blogs. Feel free to leave your links. And as always…

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  1. I did not read any of these books! I watched The Choice and it was a very good movie! I like this TTT because we can find books nobody is fuzzing about it! I passed this time on my list because I felt like we have done it before and I always add the same books. But I did my own topic :P
    Allyson had her underrated book list!
    My TTT.

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    1. Right!? That's part of Top Ten Tuesday's appeal - not only do we get to gush with fellow book nerds (WIN!), we get to discover new reads/books and their authors too. That's a plus.

      Funny, I felt like we've done this recently too. But that's okay. It was still fun (and next week I might be doing a repeat too - unless I can come up with something more clever). Do you know what you ladies have planned?

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Mariela.

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  2. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed Kasie's book! She's such a great writer.

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    1. Thanks, Chrissi! Me too. After ALL THE talk I wrote about reading one of Kasie's books, I'm glad to have finally read (some of) and thoroughly enjoyed her books. :) Glad you visited, as always.

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  3. Wait - there's a book with Time Travel inspired by Taylor Swift and with a swoony romance and I HAVEN'T read it! Thanks for mentioning that one it is going straight on my TBR!
    Here's my TTT

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    1. Right!? It's inspired by Taylor's 'Love Story' song, and really is fun and charming. Hope you enjoy if/when you read it. :) :) :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Clare.

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  4. I've always liked the look of Diplomatic Immunity, and I remember seeing Anomaly around. I almost bought it once! The cover is distinctive, and maybe i should take another look. I like a good dystopian...

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    1. That cover IS distinct, Greg. Hope if/when you read Anomaly or Diplomatic Immunity, you enjoy. They're (from each other) different, but quite good. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  5. I loved the Heist Society books so much (I almost put it on my list this week). I really need to read her new series. It sounds so good!
    My Top Ten

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    1. YAY! The Heist Society books are some I'd like to read, Lori. They look and sound so good. Plus as I loved this book by Ally, I'm eager to read more from her. :) Hope you enjoy All Fall Down.

      Happy Top Ten Tuesday - and thanks for visiting. :)

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  6. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between is still on my TBR, so I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it! I love Nicholas Sparks books, and I really loved The Choice as well (though I haven't watched the movie yet). And yay for Kasie West! I recently read The Distance Between Us as well and really loved it - the characters were amazing and it did feel Gilmore Girls-esque :)

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    1. It's so cute, Lindsey. I don't know if it will end up being my favorite by Jennifer because I do plan to (and own!) read more of hers, but they sound lovely.

      When you do see The Choice, I hope you enjoy. I think you'll like it if you liked the book - there are, of course, differences, but they work okay. :)

      Right!? They're are differences, but something about the story gave me a strong Gilmore Girls vibe, and that's totally cool with me!

      Glad you visited, Lindsey.

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  7. I also saw that Remembrance didn't get a lot of love but I really enjoyed it when I read it! My Top Ten

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    1. I really enjoyed it too, Eve. It's been a long time, but it's a fun, fast-paced read that deserves more attention - plus there's time travel! :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  8. I really enjoyed the Distance Between Us and Hello, Goodbye and Every Thing In Between! I love all the books books by both those authors actually :) Great list!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear this, Grace. I'm very much anticipating discovering more of Kasie's and Jennifer's books. They all sound fabulous - and precisely like my kind of read. :) Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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  9. Great selection! I forgot about Remembrance - it's been ages since I read it. I really want to read Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between and The Distance Between Us. They sound so cute!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Hope you have a great week!

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

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    1. If you like cute and sweet readings, Marie, then Jennifer's and Kasie's are great reads. Hope you enjoy if you read them. :)

      My pleasure. Thank you for stopping by. Always fun to chat with fellow book bloggers.

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  10. All Fall Down is on my TBR, so I'm glad to hear you liked it!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/top-ten-tuesday-92/

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    1. YAY! Hope you enjoy it, JJ! It's a really fun, easy read. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  11. I was planning on reading The Distance Between Us this year! Kasie West books are beyond adorable and my favorite that I've picked up so far is On The Fence. If you're looking for a book that will make you smile then I definitely recommend that one. :)

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    1. 'Distance' is a lovely read, Jen. I picked up on some Gilmore Girls vibes too, but it's also its own story, which is a plus. :)

      I recently read 'Fence' too! Sooo cute. Next I plan to read The Fill-In Boyfriend.

      Thanks so much for the recommendation and for visiting!

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  12. I haven't seen any of these books before, but All Fall Down sounds interesting!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. All part of the Top Ten Tuesday fun - finding new books! :)

      Hope you enjoy All Fall Down if ever you read it - and thanks so much for visiting, Ronyell.

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  13. I really enjoyed All Fall Down too. Can't wait to read the last book in the trilogy. I'm definitely going to check out The Distance Between Us. It sounds really good, especially if it gave you Gilmore Girls Feels!

    Great List
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune

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    1. I'm so glad, Rachel. I hope you enjoy the final book - I have as yet to read the sequel, so I'm a little behind. :)

      Enjoy 'Distance' - I thought it was darling.

      Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  14. I really enjoyed Ally Carter's Heist books and I absolutely LOVE the Gallagher Girl series. I would agree that it seems as though her Embassy Row novels haven't gotten as much attention... and I'll confess that even I haven't read them. I wonder if it's something in the marketing or synopsis that just didn't catch my interest as much as the others? Maybe there seems to be something about political concepts that comes off... dry? But that thought goes completely against everything I've known Ally Carter's other novels to be: fast paced, action filled, quick dialogue and fun fun fun. I'll definitely have to give this one a try.
    Also, your Gilmore Girls reference makes me think I also need to put "The Distance Between Us" in my TBR pile, because I'm always down for such feels. ^^

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    1. All excellent points, Joni re: Ally's 'Embassy Row' series. I really enjoyed All Fall Down (great series starter, I thought), but haven't read her GG or 'Heist' books. Perhaps if I had I'd like them better. Who knows! Best read them first. ;)

      (Oh, and this book is fast paced too!)

      Hope you enjoy 'Distance' if ever you read it. It's quite entertaining. Thanks so much for the visit. You're always welcome. :)

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  15. You know, I have been meaning to read almost all of these for so long. Some of them I've had on my TBR for years! I especially have been wanting to read Anomaly, All Fall Down, and To Get to You, among others. You've definitely made me want to bump them up on my list. Thanks, Rissi! :)

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    1. Cool! Hope you enjoy them all once you can read them, Bekah. They're all so fun in their own way. Happy TBR-ing! :)

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