This week’s Top Ten Tuesday has the theme of “Hidden Gems”, which are books we feel deserve more recognition. On my list there are some quite old novels (I tend not to read new releases until the hype dies down!) but these are some recommendations of books that I don’t hear talked about much.
Another Night, Another Day – Sarah Rayner
I really enjoy Sarah Rayner’s fiction and this is my favourite book by her. It’s about a group of people who meet in a mental health group and the stories of how they got to the position they are in with their MH.
Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan
I think this is the first LGBT novel I remember reading, and it’s so insta love and utopian that you will either love this book or hate it. But if you like cute stories that make you smile but don’t have to be particularly realistic then definitely check this out
Brokeback Mountain – Annie Proulx
A lot of people have seen this film, but I think the short story is definitely worth reading. The prose is so well written and it’s so heartbreaking that it’s a shame so many people skipped on this novella.
Diane Chamberlain books
I’m cheating a little bit here by going with a whole author, but Diane Chamberlain is someone I wish more people had read, at least in the UK where she doesn’t seem to be very well known. She writes books set in North Carolina, and is often compared to Jodi Picoult as she writes contemporary family dramas. If you’re a fan of Picoult, I suggest you check out Diane Chamberlain.
Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin
In Elsewhere a 15 year old girl dies and finds herself in Elsewhere, where she will age backwards until she is a baby and is born again. It’s a really beautiful novel about grief seen from the eyes of the person who has died.
Man’s World – Rupert Smith
This is one of my favourite novels I’ve read this year. It’s about a gay man in present time and his experiences in the stereotypical gay world of clubbing, drugs and one night stands. There is a parallel story (which was the part I loved) about a gay man in the 1950’s trying to keep his sexuality a secret while doing national service.
The Orphan Choir – Sophie Hannah
This is one of the lowest rated books on my Goodreads Read list and I think a lot of the reviewers expected this to be a ghost story, but I think going into it as a slower psychological thriller it’s more enjoyable. It’s about a woman who moves to the countryside then starts hearing a ghostly choir of children. I really like this as a quick read at Halloween time.
Sketchcop: Drawing a Line Against Crime – Michael W. Streed
If you like true crime, you should check out this non-fiction about a police officer in USA who sketches suspects based on witness testimonies.
The Brightest Star in the Sky – Marian Keyes
This is a “chick lit” novel about the groups of people living in one particular block of flats and their lives. This has a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads but I personally really enjoy this book’s choppy style.
The Girl in the Letter – Emily Gunnis
I got an Arc from Netgalley of this over the summer, and I’d highly recommend it if you like more recent historical novels. It’s set between the 1950’s in a home for unmarried mothers and the present day where a journalist is reading letters from one of the mothers in the home whose baby has just been adopted against her will.
Have you read any of these novels or authors? I’m looking forward to hearing other people’s hidden gems and why they are worth reading.