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Top 10 Tuesday 11th September

on September 11, 2018

Welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, TTT now has a new home with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. There’s a different book-related topic every week and this week it’s……

Top 10 Hidden Gems!

Quite a lot of my hidden gems are probably going to be Australian, which don’t always get a look in overseas due to publishing complications and stuff like that. I went through my rated 5 stars on GR shelf and picked out a few that I thought didn’t have as many ratings or reviews as they deserved.

  1. Dark Horse by Honey Brown. Honey Brown is an Australian author who writes amazing dark suspense thrillers usually set somewhere remote. This one is one of my favourites but to be honest all her books are fabulous. The pacing is awesome and there’s always an unexpected twist or two to really shake things up at the end.
  2. The Revivalist Series by Rachel Caine. I thought this series was so much fun – dark and a bit grim but with some humour and a pretty interesting romance. It doesn’t get as much attention as a lot of Caine’s other work. It’s a trilogy and they’re quick but well written reads.
  3. Hate Is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub. Sarah is an author and journalist with Lebanese family background and in her debut YA novel she explores that in a modern context with this book set in Sydney. I absolutely adored this story, these characters have stayed with me for years and I still think about them.
  4. The Madame Espionage Series by Carol K. Carr. I think this Victorian-set series featuring a former prostitute and now brothel owner India Black was severely underrated and I’m so sorry it never got to play out as long as it should and give readers some closure. There are four books I think, and a few novellas and they centre around the unlikeliness of India being pulled into espionage work for the Prime Minister and her relationship of sorts with French, the enigmatic spy who attempts to ‘handle her’ as such, but India cannot really be handled. There was so much interesting stuff about to happen with French but sadly, the publisher declined to publish any more and now I’ll never know.
  5. The Lexi Graves Mysteries by Camilla Chafer. I discovered this series quite back accident on iBooks and it remains one of my happiness discoveries. There’s at least a dozen volumes now (I think there were 8 or so when I first found it) and although these are over the top and a bit silly, they’re just so fun to read that I don’t care. They’re just perfect for when you actually want something relatively formulaic in that you know there’ll be a mystery, Lexi will nearly be killed at least once but everything will all be okay in the end. I like her dynamic with Soloman. It all just works for me.
  6. See You In September by Charity Norman. This is such an interesting novel surrounding the dynamics of a modern day cult and how someone could be drawn into something like that on the other side of the world. It also really focuses on the family of a person who falls victim to this sort of lifestyle and how that impacts on them. It’s brilliant and I really really loved it.
  7. The Nichelle Clarke Crime Series by LynDee Walker. Another random discovery on iBooks. Nichelle Clarke is a crime reporter for a Richmond Virginia newspaper and she’s forever stumbling into -situations-. I love that Nichelle is amazing at her job and has such good instincts and dedication. And there’s Joey, a mysterious, probably-high-up-in-the-mob type who turns up with information or a warning.
  8. The Art Of Friendship by Lisa Ireland. Lisa is such an amazing Australian author and her last two books (this one is her most recent, the one before it is The Shape Of Us) have been incredible, really stepping it up and exploring issues affecting adults. This one looks at friendship and how we might cling to those teenage and childhood friendships for the sake of consistency and the familiar even after we might long have outgrown each other.
  9. In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu. Penelope is another Australian and her books make me feel like she’s writing specifically for me! You know when you find an author and everything in their books just kinda ticks your boxes? I feel that way about Penelope’s writing and characters and this one even has Antarctica in it, which is one of my obsessions.
  10. The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni. These are quite popular in Australia – it’s a young adult fantasy series set in a parallel world. The first book was good but for me, the next three books have really done a lot to just build on the world that Noni has created and develop the storyline into something really impressive. There’s just one book left to go (released in Jan 2019 I think) and it’s equal parts anticipation and terror because I think there’s going to be some real heartbreak. I’d love to see these become even more popular and gain a broader audience.

This was a really fun topic to think of recommendations for and I can’t wait to hopefully discover some hidden gems to add to my TBR after checking out all the other lists!


21 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 11th September

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    I haven’t heard of these books! I particularly like the sound of See You In September!

  2. Greg says:

    The Madame Espionage series sounds quite good, and I think I may have seen those around- the name India Black sounds really familiar. I think I’ve seen some good reviews. And I do want to try Rachel Caine’s books at some point.

  3. These are all brand new books to me! I have seen a couple around here and there, but haven’t read any yet.

    Here are my hidden gems: https://thebookdutchesses.com/2018/09/11/ttt-44-hidden-gems/

  4. The Art of Friendship sounds so good! Australian authors are the best- I’m an Aussie myself 😛

    My list: https://bookslifeotheroddities.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/books-ya-hidden-gems/

  5. Great list! I love Rachel Caine’s The Great Library series, but haven’t read any of her other books, so I def need to check out the Revivalist trilogy. Here’s my TTT.

    • The Great Library series is definitely one by her that I need to check out. I’ve read a lot of her other work but I haven’t seen any of those ones around here. Going to have to hunt them down.

  6. Poinsettia says:

    Nice list! I think I’ll look into The Revivalist Series and The Lexi Graves Mysteries. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  7. Thanks for sharing these! I haven’t read many Australian books. They can be hard to find in US stores.

  8. Sarah Ellis says:

    I haven’t heard of any of these but I am excited to check them out 😀

  9. The Medoran Chronicles and See You in September sound interesting. I wish books crossed borders more easily… not just the really popular ones.

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