Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

This week I’ve decided to take part in ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ again hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is ‘books I enjoyed but rarely talk about’, because I am so new to bogging there’s quite a few of those I could put on here, and so I’m going to list books I haven’t spoken about yet and ones I rarely see people talk about at all.

Born Free by Joy Adamson

I got a copy from my mum of this when I was young that’s actually her old copy and I treasure it because of that. I also treasure it because I love the story. This is a non-fiction read that follows the life of a lion cub named Elsa who is saved by a couple and raised by them before she’s released into the wild as an adult lioness. The story is incredibly touching and fun, and it’s a read I go back to time and time again.

Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada

Based on a true story this tells the tale of a man in Berlin, determined to undermine the rule of the Nazis. When the Quangels receive news their son was killed fighting in France, shocked and horrified, they begin a dangerous cat and mouse game with the Gestapo in the hopes of fighting back against Nazi tyrannical rule. This is a book I would definitely recommend if you enjoy historical fiction, but it’s also one I recommend any reader tries as it’s such an important story inspired by something that did happen in Nazi Germany.

The Humans by Matt Haig

A bizzarly fun and engaging read, it tells the story of an alien sent to planet Earth on a mission and his changing feelings towards the human race. I know I haven’t said a lot about what it’s about but I don’t want to give much away as this was such a surprising read for me. Whilst the plot is predictable this book is so much more than that, it dives into themes in a depth I didn’t expect it to. It’s funny, sad, loving and wise and something I’d recommend to any reader.

Superior By Jessica Lack

All you need to know about this is the superhero’s intern falls in love with the villain’s intern. It’s a star crossed LGBT romance! It’s a very short and sweet story but it’s fun and entertaining, and it will have you giggling at parts. It does have a little bit of commentary on what good and evil truly is, and where we all lie on that spectrum – because it is a spectrum rather than a line. Honestly, it’s such a perfect short and cute read I guarantee it will help you out of any reading slump.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

I know, I know all of Brandon Sanderson’s book got spoken about a lot, but this is probably the one book of his I see the least about within the book community and it is a crying shame. It’s really a story of two sisters in a fascinating world with a truly unique spin on magic and the rules of it. It’s just a great fantasy novel and one I highly recommend. It’s meant to be the first in a series, but I’m not sure if or when the sequel is being published, so that’s really enjoying.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Why does no one ever talk about this series? Why do I never see anyone shout it’s praises from the rooftops? What is wrong with all of you? But more importantly, what is wrong with me for not talking about it? The story follows nineteen year old clairvoyant Paige in 2059 in the world of Scion where she commits treason with every breath, but her whole life changes when she’s abducted and taken to Oxford, a city that has been kept hidden and secret for two hundred years. Honestly, this is a brilliant book with a complex and fascinating world and Samantha Shannon is my Queen forever.

I know this isn’t a full ten books but these are the ones that instantly leapt to mind when I thought of books no one, including myself, ever talk about. What books did the prompt make you think of?

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

  1. Why have I never heard of Superior before?? WHO HID THIS FROM ME??
    That cover is gorgeous though!
    I still haven’t read any Brandon Sanderson and I am ashamed. I own 5 of his books. But I haven’t read them yet. Everyone seems to love his work and I just haven’t gotten round to them 😭
    I swear a few years ago everyone was talking about The Bone Season, which was how I found it. Because everyone was hyping it up. But now I hardly ever see it anywhere?? Maybe everyone loved it too much and they were stunned into silence!
    Great list! Happy Reading! ❤

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    1. haha that’s exactly how I felt when I discovered Superior!!
      Don’t worry about Brandon Sanderson, those books aren’t going anywhere and you definitely need to be in the mood for a high fantasy!
      Haha I hope so when it comes to The Bone Season!
      Thank you:) xx

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  2. AHHh I loved Mistborn but I’ve never heard of Warbreaker I feel truly ashamed, (so I googled it and there was apparently a sequel in the works called Nightblood buuuttt he’s not going to get to it till he finishes 2 other books, so the 11 year wait continues!)

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  3. That’s a great list you got there! I haven’t read anything on it, but there’s definitely some that I’m really curious about. Warbreaker by Sanderson for example! What I’ve read by him so far, was really great (some of his YA series) and I still have the mistborn books on the shelves, waiting to be read. Warbreaker has been on my wishlist for a while now. Really hope to get around to buy it soon! The Bone Season looks really interesting as well.
    My TTT:

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    1. Oh do look it up it’s a great story! It’s a really great take on WW2 stories and like I said it’s inspired by true events. If you are able to get hold of a penguin edition they have copies of some of the files in it!


  4. Great list! I agree I don’t see Warbreaker as much on blogs compared to Sanderson’s other books. I haven’t read it yet but it’s definitely on my TBR! Same goes for The Bone Season and The Humans! Great list 🙂

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