Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s prompt was to list Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype, but, well, I wouldn’t be me if I followed the prompts, would I? 😉
These are ten books that I loved enough to give 5 stars, and that I think have way less hype than they deserve!
For the sake of fairness, I’m not including unreleased ARCs or anything that released in the last few months.
1. A Monstrous Love — Magen Cubed
number of ratings: 31 | my review
This is a creepy little 2-story short anthology about scary queer girls, and I love it so much. It is THE perfect Halloween read, by the way.
2. Cold, Thin Air — C.K. Walker
number of ratings: 148
C.K. Walker is better known for her r/nosleep infamy, but her collections are so fun and creepy, and I never hear anyone talk about them!
3. When My Heart Joins the Thousand — A.J. Steiger
number of ratings: 542 | my review
I really expected this book to blow up when it released, and I’m so sad it didn’t. It’s about an autistic girl who falls in love with a disabled boy, and the representation feels so good, honestly, and the story is so sweet.
4. Aftercare Instructions — Bonnie Pipkin
number of ratings: 788 | my review
This was the first ARC I ever received! It’s about a girl whose boyfriend leaves her high and dry at her abortion appointment, and she’s forced to go through the healing process without the support she deserves. Parts of it are written like a play, and it’s so poignant and enjoyable.
5. Now is Everything — Amy Giles
number of ratings: 935 | my review
This is another book I expected to get more hype than it did. It alternates between the past and the present: in the past, the narrator is dealing with a very abusive home situation, and in the present, she’s trying to cope with the fact that her entire family has just died in a plane wreck, and she’s the only one who survived. Bring tissues.
6. The Dollmaker of Krakow — R.M. Romero
number of ratings: 1,087 | my review
This is, by far, my FAVORITE middle grade book of all time. It’s about a little doll who comes to life in a dollmaker’s shop in Krakow during WWII.
7. Blood Water Paint — Joy McCullough
number of ratings: 1,967 | my review
This is a story told through poetry, and it’s about the famous artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, and her court trial against the man who raped her. It is brutal, and incredible.
8. Spellbook of the Lost and Found — Moïra Fowley-Doyle
number of ratings: 2,014 | my review
This is a fabulism/magical realism story, and it’s super queer, and it’s a little bit creepy. Mostly, though, it’s just bizarre and incredible.
9. The Only Alien on the Planet — Kristen D. Randle
number of ratings: 2,439 | my review
Apparently, my mission in life is just to never shut up about this book, but seriously, it came out in the 90s and it still holds up today – how often do you see that in a YA contemporary? It’s about a girl who befriends a new classmate who is mute and unresponsive to the world around him, for the most part. There’s a little bit of romance, but mostly, it’s about healing and found families.
10. The Hearts We Sold — Emily Lloyd-Jones
number of ratings: 2,733 | my review
Since this was an Owlcrate book last year, I’m shocked it still has so few ratings. I loved this book. A girl makes a deal with a demon to get away from her alcoholic and abusive father, but the thing she has to give up is her heart. It’s very character-driven and very sad and very, very gorgeous.
What are some under-hyped books that you love?
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