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January 17:  Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So (up to you if you want it to be those published in the past year or so or just ANY underrated book you’ve read recently)

I’m going for favorite reads in the last year, and labeling them underrated if there aren’t a lot of Goodreads ratings (under 1,000.)


1. Mostly Void, Partly Stars; Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. I adore the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, It’s smart, weird, and funny. This is the script, complete with notes on each episode about how the idea was arrived at, who wrote it, etc.


2. Liquid Fire; Anthony Francis. Magical tattoos,, and a magical tattoo artist. It’s a lot more dangerous than you’d think.


3. Rise; Mira Grant. I love zombie apocalypse stories, and this one is unique–everyone is infected, so life just has to go on somehow. Bonus points for naming the bloggers who go poke at zombies with sticks “Irwins.”

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4. Lucky Penny; Ananth Hirsh, Yuko Ota. Nifty graphic novel about a woman named Penny who has some terrible luck. It starts with her losing her job and her place, and goes downhill from there, but it’s funny, and life gets better.


5. Kindred Rites; Katharine Kimbriel. A series about a young girl with power, learning how to use it–and fight back the monsters.


6. Bhotta’s Tears; J.D. Lakey. The second book about a bad luck ‘black bead’ girl, and the many perils that beset her people.


7. Last Adventures of Constance Verity; A. Lee Martinez. What if you don’t want to be an adventurer anymore? Constance Verity is determined to become normal–no matter the price.

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8. Secret Loves of Geek Girls; Hope Nicholson. A collection of short stories and comics celebrating the loves of geeky girls.


9. Princess Princess Ever After; Katie O’Neill. An adorable story about rescuing yourself–and sometimes getting a little help.

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10. Project Elfhome; Wen Spencer. Short stories in a wonderful urban fantasy, where the city of Pittsburgh jumps back and forth between Earth and Elfhome.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

19 responses »

  1. yellowwpages says:

    Really good list here. Feel like checking out Feed just to read about Irwins.

  2. Nice list! I haven’t read any of these yet, but a couple have caught my eye.
    My TTT.

  3. tiareleine says:

    Great list! I haven’t read any of these (I haven’t even heard of most of them!) but a few of them look very interesting! Especially the Welcome to Night Vale one. That book (and the other Night Vale book I’ve seen) makes me really want to start listening to the podcast! 🙂

  4. ChandaReads says:

    Feed has been on my TBR forever! I’m hoping to get to it this year!

  5. I’ve never heard of any of these books. Awesome list!

  6. Aaahhh I need to get my hands on that Welcome to Night Vale script!! I was obsessed with that podcast a few years ago. And I’ve read a couple of chapters of Princess Princess online and it is SO cute. Thanks for reminding me to finish it! 😂

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