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Top Ten Tuesday | Underrated Fiction Books. Period. (But, Really, We’re Talking Underrated Indie Gems)


Happiest Monday-almost-Tuesday readers, friends and followers. Today, we’re coming to you with another Top Ten Tuesday. Here’s what our topic is this week.

Broke and Bookish August 29Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre: Pick a genre and share with us some books that have gone under the radar in that genre! - Broke and Bookish 


There are so many “hidden gems.” To discover some I’d place in that category, all I’d need to do is take a tour of my bookshelves. But rather than agonize over which books to feature for today’s topic, I choose to take the easier route and pick a genre. (Here’s a note to myself: Singling out a genre made nothing easier. There was still agonizing.)

The topic of choice is the “indie” world of fiction. In recent years (maybe two, probably more like 18 months), I’ve begun to read more and more Indie books. In fact, I’m talking about this on the blog in the latest ‘Book Discussion’ post (to be published in these next 24 hours*). Because of this, I’ll refrain from chattering about it here, because well, I’d be repeating myself. No one wants this.

Instead, we’ll turn our attention to the books on this list because let me tell you, there are some good ones.

Let’s have a look.

1. Just the Way You Are by Pepper D. Basham | The first on the list is one I've shamefully not read. But I hear AMAZING things about this one. (*waves to Courtney*) Needless to say, I'll have to prioritize the story. Amazon | Goodreads

2. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof | A circus, a nurse, a baby and a man with a questionable past. All of these elements and so much more combine in this beautiful (INSPYs Winning!) historical novel. Plus, there are lots of Beauty and the Beast echoes. Go forth. Read this stunner. Amazon | Goodreads

3. The Gifting by K. E. Ganshert | I missed adding this one (the physical copy) to my Booktube video, but am so glad I remembered it for the list. It’s a fabulous YA dystopian effort by a talented author who “debuts” by publishing independently and in the YA market. (Psst! The first book is FREE - currently, on Kindle.) Amazon | Goodreads

4. I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones | There’s no secret made over the fact that I adore Jenny’s novels. This one (her latest YA) is no different. It’s a wonderful read for those who enjoy contemporary with heart. *Yes I realize I just featured this one last week. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Just One Summer (Novella Collection) | Read this collection a few summers ago, and though I’ve said it (*ahem* a few times), it has a kind of 21st century Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants vibe. 

6. The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo | This story is broken but beautiful. (In all the right spaces and places.) Amazon | Goodreads


7. Right Where We Belong (Novella Collection) | This sweetheart collection is a set of stories I’ve little doubt I’m going to 100% adore. Sadly, I’ve not read it yet, but as it’s written by two favorite authors (and a third I’m sure to enjoy), it’s already in my “5 Star Club.” Amazon | Goodreads

8. How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes | Prior to this cute little novella, Amber had only written historical fiction. This is a darling romance sure to make those who respect, appreciate and crave wholesome stories swoon. Amazon | Goodreads

9. Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg | Since Melissa published her last novel (and her September 28th release) as an Indie, I can legit fit her on this list (not that I might not have cheated regardless). Her books are like a favorite, cozy sweater, which also fits with their book covers. They’re joyful and never cease to bring a smile to my face. Plus, her meet-cutes?? THE. BEST. Amazon | Goodreads

10. Montana Fire Series by Susan May Warren | This is another series I’ve not read. That said, I’ve read lots of novels by Warren, so I know I’ll love them. Not only am I assured an excellent story on the inside, I’m curious to see how her style may (or may not) differ in the Indie market. Amazon | Goodreads

video publishes tomorrow; channel linked above
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That’s another wrap to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Have you read any of these? Do any look interesting? Or have you read any amazing Indie novels? Tell me about them below – or any books you’ve discovered lately? Let’s chat all the things bookish. Stay bookworm-ish, friends.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

(*Delayed due to an unusual day.)
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  1. Great list! This is definitely a week to showcase some indie work out there :) Some of the authors sound familiar in passing on Twitter but yeah, otherwise I haven't read any of them :3

    Have a great week, Rissi! My TTT

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    1. I agree, Lianne! It's always fun to showcase Indie reads. They don't seem to get the attention they should. :)

      If you ever read these, I hope you enjoy. As always, I'm glad you stopped by.

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  2. I'll Be Yours and Just One Summer both look like nice summer reads. :)

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    1. They are, Greg. So much cuteness. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I've never read these but they look nice as summer reads!

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    1. There are several lovely summer reads on the list, Alexandra. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  4. You have totally inspired me to read more Indie gems! These books look fantastic. :-)

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    1. Hooray! Hope you enjoy some of the Indie gems you discover, Chrissi. There are so many good ones out there. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  5. I do like a nice summer read and although I don`t know much about these, some sparked my interest.

    Carmen / Carmen`s Reading Corner

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    1. Fun. I hope you enjoy these, Georgiana if you decide to give any a chance. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Great list Rissi! I definitely need to read some more indie, as I think I'm missing out on a lot of great gems :)
    PS: love the new blog lay-out <3

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    1. I have been in the same boat for a while too, Lindsey. But I'm so glad to have discovered these, and look forward to more. Hope you find some amazing reads in the sub genre. :) Thanks, as always, for visiting.

      ...and thank you! I'm looking for feedback on this layout because I had lots of issues customizing it, and as a result am nervous about it working for readers. :)

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  7. I have not read any of these, but the cover for Right Where We Belong is beyond adorable- makes me want to read it just for the cover! But yeah, there are some really amazing indie books out there for sure! Great list!

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    1. Isn't it adorable?? I love cute covers and have every confidence 'Belong' features pretty stories on the inside too. (And I know the feeling: wanting to read something for its cover alone.)

      Thanks, as always for visiting, Shannon. :)

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  8. I love the sound of I'll Be Yours and your review makes me want to read it even more. Great take on this week's topic!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tanya. I hope if you do read I'll Be Yours that you enjoy. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by.

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  9. I don't think I've even heard of any of these books, but will be checking some of them out now. Thanks!

    Here is our TTT

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    1. Fun! Hope you find some to enjoy. :)

      As always, glad you stopped in.

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  10. I love this entire list. Your graphics are so pretty! And you know I'm right there with you fangirling over Jenny B. Jones' books. ;)

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    1. Thanks, Bekah. I had fun (as usual) with this list because who doesn't love to share about little known (or any!) books?? :)

      Glad to have you stop by, as always.

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    1. SAME reaction x 2! :)

      Thanks for visiting, Carrie.

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  12. Right Where We Belong looks adorable!

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    1. I agree, Amanda. Plus, with Melissa and Courtney (and I'm sure Deborah too - I've not read her books) as authors, we know it'll indeed be adorbs. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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