We have been having fun with Top Ten Tuesday, so we decided we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Since January 2018 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is forgotten backlist titles. There are definitely a few backlist books I feel should get more attention and be talked about more. Let’s talk about those today!
The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
So I have to say The Exact Opposite of Okay is one of my favorite books. Laura Steven really dives into the standards set for girls and guys and how “the good guy” can make it hard for girls to say no. Our main character is very genuine and I would love more books about her.
The Black Witch – Laurie Forest
I remember when this book first came out that it got quite a bit of attention after a blogger said it was racist. The Black Witch isn’t racist, but there is racism. Our main character is shielded most of her life and taught certain things. As she goes to school and meets new people she starts realizing that what she was taught isn’t right. Add some magic, an interesting world, and I was sold. I need to continue reading this series.
If There’s No Tomorrow – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jennifer L. Armentrout is mostly known for her fantasy book and most recently for her From Blood and Ash series. She has written a lot more than that though and If There’s No Tomorrow is one I’ll never forget. I won’t tell you a lot about the synopsis, but it’s a hard-hitting book that had me in tears that has a really important message.
Blood Like Magic – Liselle Sambury
Blood Like Magic is an amazing duology and I loved every minute of it. There’s family secrets, betrayal, learning about magic, and even a little love interest. I’ll definitely be reading this duology again in the future.
Along for the Ride – Rachel Meinke
As a lover of boy bands, I love that this author wrote a book about our main character traveling with one of her favorite bands. The romance is also adorable and I really think this book needs more hype than it receives!
Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
I read the Girls of Paper and Fire trilogy last year and loved it. This series deserves so much more hype. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always easy to read, but it’s important as well. Our main character goes through so much and grows so much! I really hope Natasha Ngan writes more books.
The Guncle – Steven Rowley
The Guncle was a book I saw everywhere for awhile, but the hype has slowed down. I do feel we need to remember this one though, because it was so beautifully written. It deals with grief in such an interesting way. I need to reread this one soon.
The Bone Charmer – Breena Shields
Bone magic isn’t something I see a lot in fantasy books and The Bone Charmer was a great read. Our main character’s path will be chosen by bones and when one breaks she lives both of her possible paths. Except she isn’t safe and only one can survive. I do wish this was a trilogy instead of a duology though. I feel like the sequel was a bit rushed because of that.
When You Were Everything – Ashley Woodfolk
Romance is a big theme in YA books and while that’s also a big part of a teenager’s life, so is friendship. We don’t get many books that focus on friendship, but When You Were Everything does is an amazing way. Sometimes friendships aren’t forever and that can also hurt sometimes more than losing a romantic relationship.
Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea – Ashley Herring Blake
Ashley Herring Blake is an author that writes amazing romances, but also some beautiful middle grade books. Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea deals with grief, anxiety, trauma, and trying to move on. Our main character has been through a lot and this book made me cry. I hope this author writes more middle grade books.
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TTT #297 | New To Me Authors I Need To Read More From
TTT #298 | Books With One-Word Titles
TTT #299| Ten Most Recent Books I Did Not Finish
Here are some of my favorite forgotten backlist books. Have you read any of these? Or what are some of your forgotten backlist books? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!