Top Five Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every week I will share a list based on the topic provided by The Broke and the Bookish.

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January 17, 2017: Top Five Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read

This year I thought I would do something more manageable than Top Ten and do my Top Five instead. 

still-life-with-strings1. Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway  This is underrated to me, I haven’t been around the book community for a while, kinda just doing my thing  and came across this hidden gem (haha). This was the first of L.H Cosway and was pleasantly surprised. If you like the arts and music with a great family, slow love then this is a great read.

LoveLines2. Lovelines by S. Walden Guys! This book was unexpectedly amazing. I am drawn to books with mental disorders, something about how real they are, the struggle of the characters are always so relatable. This one is about a 30-something who suffers from OCD. It’s quirky, charming and just plain cute. If you want more info, check out my review here. It’s the first in a series but it was published in 2014 so I’m not sure if there will be a next one, it reads as a standalone.

skinny-me3. Skinny Me by Charlene There are mixed reviews about this one and most of the reviews are in the id range. However, I believe this is totally underrated because Jennifer is doing what most women who are unhappy with their body do, they try to change, she’s eating healthy and working out, but it’s not what makes it so great. What makes it great is that you don’t always like Jennifer. I can firmly say that I disliked her throughout most of the book but she was real and raw and honest; and that’s what made this book worth reading. I will post a review later but for those who have read it, please tell me your thoughts.

arouse4. Arouse by Nina Lane If you’re looking for what happens after the HEA, look no further, this series is about love, marriage and what it takes to keep a marriage alive. It was poignant and sweet and real. What happens when one person changes and the other likes the status quo? We follow Olivia and Dean through three glorious books while they try to navigate the shape their relationship is now taking after years of marriage.

neanderthal-seeks-human5. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid  I fully believe this was the start of my Penny Reid love, Janie Morris has asperger’s or something, she is uniquely special and it is awesome! To be honest guys, this book got me interested in knitting, so much so that I started my own knitting group.

The Power  of books is real!

Comment and Share your underrated books! I’d love to add more to my TBR list!  



REVIEW: Lovelines

LoveLinesArrive at work at 7:58 A.M. sharp. Check. Count forty-seven steps to cubicle. Check. Arrange pens in their red-blue-black-green-purple order of importance. Check. Apply hand sanitizer before opening email. Double check.

And that’s just the first few minutes of her work day.

Thirty-one-year-old proofreader Bailey Mitchell is a slave to her tics. She inherited Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from her father, and it’s done nothing but inhibit her love life. She’s run the gamut of boyfriends—none of them willing or able to cope with her condition.

Enter 32-year-old Reece Powell, her new coworker at Beach Elite Marketing Firm. He’s more than willing to cope. He finds her habits cute and quirky… for now. Reece wins her over, and life coasts along for them until Bailey experiences a devastating blow. Tragedy exacerbates her OCD, and Reece realizes her tics aren’t so cute and quirky anymore. Just like all the others, he has the choice to leave.

But Reece isn’t like all the others.

Author: S. Walden

Series: The Wilimington Saga #1

Published: March 25th 2014 by Penny Press

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:  I loved it. It’s the first book by S. Walden that I’ve read and it was amazing. It was cute and heart-breaking and funny, boy was it funny and sexy; it was off the charts sexy.
When we think of OCD we think of quirky tics that some does, we find it endearing more often than not, but we don’t seem to realize that it’s an illness, a disorder that can’t be done away with by pills and rehab, but a life long journey. It was eye-opening to get that insight into what Bailey’s life is like and the life of her family and friend(s) that had to live with someone with OCD.
Reece makes me believe even more than I did before that there is someone out there for everyone, who else do you know gets turned on by having their SO perform a tic?
Soledad, the perfect neighbor, I sometimes wished that although Bailey didn’t know what she was saying, I would, and if it was in French and not Spanish I could definitely tell if Walden was just bullshitting all her lines, I doubt it (what I could understand seemed to fit with what was going on).

My favorite thing about this book was how realistic it was, not just Bailey’s OCD but her relationships with her dad and her mom and her sister, and more importantly Erica (reading their interactions reminded me of similar my interactions with my best friend). The way everyone spoke, it was stilted by writing it flowed, conversations, terms everything was written picture perfect, you could see frame by frame what was happening who was saying what. I knew Christopher was black before they even had to say anything! It was in his language and his mannerisms that Walden somehow managed to portray with dialogue (but thank you for telling us anyways!).

This is the first of Wilimington series, the others could be about Christopher or Camden or Taylor, lets not forget Erica’s new secret wielding employee. which I would love to read, I’ll be looking out for S. Walden because no matter the book I know I’ll pick up the next thing written by her, it was that good.