Tuesday has rolled around again, so it’s time for Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. This week, our topic is……..
Top 10 Underrated Books Read In 2016
This one had me thinking a bit…..underrated is something that everyone can have their own definition for. What I consider to be underrated might be well popular to someone else, etc. For me, I picked some books (well actually, a lot of these were series’) where I didn’t read any reviews for them or just didn’t really see them around much. Doesn’t mean they aren’t being read or reviewed though.
- Confessions Of A Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman series, by J.B. Lynn (qualifying to mean books 1-13. I didn’t like book 14 or the direction I think it might be going in now). I underrated this myself actually. I picked it up because the title of the first book was funny, but I have to admit, I thought it was going to be a bit lame. The heroine can understand animals, after something happens to her and she gets a knock on the head. However I ended up becoming slightly obsessed with this series and read all 14 of the ones released when I started in something really stupid, like 3 days! They were exactly what I needed at the time….
- Headline In High Heels series by LynDee Walker. A smart and funny series about a crime reporter who always gets the scoop. The sexy slightly-probably-most-likely-ok-definitely-a-criminal Mafia love interest adds a lot of elements. Mostly I’m just super grateful for a competent heroine who is excellent at her job and isn’t bumbling through life.
- Southern Ghost Hunter series by Angie Fox. I’m not really a ‘ghost’ sort of person, but I really enjoy these. Love Frankie in all his gangster, Prohibition-era glory and Verity and Ellis have chemistry. Can’t wait for the next one.
- Rose Strickland Mysteries by Terri L. Austin. I like these because they’re a bit familiar but also a bit different. Rose is a waitress putting herself through community college after her rich family cut her off for not wanting to attend the college of their choice. She becomes a bit of an amateur private investigator, searching for a missing friend of hers which leads to her crossing paths with an enigmatic and dangerous sort of man. They’re fun. There’s only 4 so far, I hope there’ll be another.
- A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester. I loved this story about a woman fighting to become a doctor in 1922s Manhattan. I hope it gets some recognition in the rest of the world.
- Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French. Oops, another book with ghosts. Not bad for someone who says that she doesn’t really like books with ghosts! I hope there’s a 2nd novel very soon.
- An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire. Another Aussie book, a crime where the focus was more on the fascination and media obsession with a pretty victim. It was very powerful and Emily Maguire is a fantastic writer. All of her books are underrated to me.
- A Few Good Women by Camilla Chafer. The 9th (and most recent) in the Lexi Graves series. Another series I devoured and now I have to wait for each new one to come out. I hate waiting! Lol. This series is super fun and one of the rare instances I seem to have picked the correct ‘ship to champion.
I think that’s really about it for my ‘underrated’ books in 2016. I read a few others that I don’t think have perhaps gotten the attention they deserve but they were only released in the last 2 months of 2016 so perhaps it’s a bit early to tell!
What about you? What do you consider to be underrated?