Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
September 11: Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?)
There were lots of great new books released over the spring and summer months, but some ended up receiving more recognition than others. Some of these books I’ve read and definitely think they deserve more attention; others I haven’t picked up yet, but the premise alone tells me these are under-hyped gems.
A Girl Like That // Zarin Wadia is smart and fiery, but also a bit of a loner. She’s seen as a trouble-marker by many, but her childhood friend Porus knows the real Zarin, and that’s why he wants to spend so much time with her. Despite it being against the law in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to be alone together without chaperones.
My So-called Bollywood Life // Winnie was told that her and Raj’s love was written in the stars, but everything she thinks she knows about fate begins to unravel when she finds him hooking up with another girl. But is Dev, a fellow film buff, a better fit for her? He’s not fated to be her soulmate, but could be something even better.
Out Of The Blue // Angels falling from the sky seems almost normal in comparison to the turmoil Jaya’s family is going through. Uprooted and moved to Edinburgh by her Dad, she feels adrift and uncertain about life, until an angel falls from the sky right into her path one night.
Darius The Great Is Not OK // When Darius’s father takes him to Iran he finally feels like he’s found somewhere he fits in. He meets his grandparents and a boy-next-door, who shows him what it’s like to be Persian. But with Sohrab becoming more and more to Darius each day, returning to life in the US is becoming harder and harder.
The Summer of Jordi Perez // Abby, a gay teen, has always been into fashion, so when she gets an internship at her favourite boutique it seems too good to be true. But as someone who’s more focused on blogging than romance, she’s surprised when she begins to develop feelings for Jordi, her fellow intern.
Convenience Store Woman // Keiko has always been an outsider, so when she takes a job at a convenience store while at university, her family are relieved. But when Keiko stays in the job, contented with what it offers her, for the next 18 years, she realises that society expects her life to follow a certain pattern, and will label her as an outcast if it doesn’t.
From Twinkle With Love // When Twinkle is approached by fellow film-lover Sahil to direct a summer film, she can’t wait to get started – it means she’ll get to spend more time with her crush Neil (Sahil’s twin brother). When an enigmatic ‘N’ begins emailing her, she’s certain it’s Neil and that her hopes of dating him are finally going to be realised. There’s just one problem – she now has feelings for Sahil.
The Pisces // When Lucy and Jamie break up, Lucy’s sister insists that she come and house-sit and look after her dog in LA for the summer. Nothing seems to be able to help Lucy’s anxiety and sadness, until she sees a mysterious swimmer one night.
Vox // When the US goverment declares that women are only allowed to speak 100 words per day, it soon follows that women aren’t allowed to have jobs or learn to read and write. At first, Jean is in denial, but soon she decides to make a stand.
Giant Days // Based on the graphic novel, Giant Days follows three university students – Daisy, Susan, and Esther, as they attempt to navigate their first year of studying, partying, and discovering who they are.
Are there any recent releases you think were under-hyped? Why do some books end up getting more love than others?
19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Spring/summer releases that didn’t get enough hype”
I feel like I’ve seen Vox everywhere for the past month haha.
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Ah that’s interesting because I only really saw it for the first time at YALC and have only seen one or two other bloggers mention it! Maybe it’s been more hyped than I thought 😉
I think it depends on your bubble a lot – I follow a lot of adult bloggers as well as YA so see a real mix haha
Yeah, I’d definitely agree! I follow a lot more YA people on here but a real mix on Twitter 😁
Great list! I’ve heard of Darius The Great Is Not OK and heard good things about it – going to have to check it out. Vox is currently on reserve from the library – I’m really looking forward to it!
Yeah Darius is meant to be really good, so I’m hoping to read it soon. I hope you enjoy Vox too! 😃
Wonderful list! I’ve been seeing Darius around everywhere lately – and I am so happy, because it sounds like such an incredible book, I can’t wait to read it 😀 I’m also curious about Vox, it sounds so intriguing, and The Summer of Jordi Perez is on my TBR, it sounds really good, too 😀 What a great list Kate! 😀
Thank you Marie! ❤ I've only actually seen a few people I follow on here and on Twitter talking about Darius, so I still think it deserves more hype. Disclaimer: I haven't read it yet, but I'm hoping to soon! 😀
AHHH, I hope you’ll love it, I’m excited to hear your thoughts about it 😀
This is a great list for this topic Kate, I’ve only really heard of a couple of these, and I’ve only read two of them myself so they’re definitely releases that didn’t get enough hype in my mind too. 🙂 I really loved Darius the Great is Not Okay, I read it recently myself and thought it was amazing, honestly that book deserves all the hype in the world and I will be recommending it to so many people going forwards.
Great picks for this week, and great post too, 🙂 ❤
Thanks Beth! I haven’t read Darius yet, but the more I hear about it, the more I want to pick it up. I’ve seen a few people I follow talking about it, but I still think it’s been underhyped for how good it sounds. I’ll have to look out for it next time I’m in Waterstones! Thanks for stopping by Beth 🙂 ❤
That’s all right. 🙂 Darius is amazing, I’m sure it will be one you really love Kate, and yeah based on what I read it’s definitely underhyped. That’s all right. 🙂 ❤️
I totally agree A Girl Like That deserves more hype!! It was such an important read, and I’m highly anticipiating Tanaz Bhathena’s 2019 release! Giant Days is also on my TBR.
Oh my goodness, I didn’t know she had another release coming out next year! I’ll have to go and look it up!
I read four of those. Bollywood was a solid 5-stars for me. I loved it so much! Twinkle was fun and cute, Jordi was an adorable romance, and Giant Days was a fabulous story of friendship. I love that you featured these books.
I haven’t actually read Bollywood yet but I’ve been wanting to because I love the synopsis and I think it’ll be just my kind of book 😃 I’m finishing Giant Days at the moment and it’s a really fun read!
I really enjoyed Out of the Blue, and want to pick up Twinkle at some point- I definitely agree it’s not had much hype, particularly in comparison to When Dimple Met Rishi! I’m also planning to get hold of Giant Days as I’ve enjoyed all of Non Pratt’s books so far.
Yeah, Out of the Blue had such a sweet f/f romance – that was one of the highlights for me. I think Twinkle will get more hype next year in the UK, because (as far as I know) it’s only out in the US at the moment. I’m about half way through Giant Days and it’s a fun read!
I wasn’t the biggest fan of A Girl Like That, but it did have a certain charm about it and was definitely underrated. I really enjoyed My So-Called Bollywood Life! It was so cute and light, and I’m actually really surprised that it wasn’t super hyped up. Thanks for bringing Out of the Blue to my radar, because now I totally need it!!