Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Hardly Recommend But Really Do

Hey guys, it’s Tuesday again so it means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic was a freebie, so I have decided to give you a list of books that I love but hardly ever recommend!

I thought for this freebie I would use my list to shout about some of my favourite books that I don’t ever talk enough about. All of these books are ones that I have loved but I don’t see them around half as much as I should.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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I read Girl, Serpent, Thorn in 2020 and I really enjoyed my time. I has an amazing amount of Persian mythology and I was immediately drawn into the story. The plot was extremely well developed and had some amazing twists that I did not see coming. I highly recommend picking it up!

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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I loved this twist on The Little Mermaid and found it to be incredibly gripping. I know that it was not everyones taste but I absolutely adored it. I also loved the romance it in and that was what pulled it altogether for me.

House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig


House of Salt and Sorrow was a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling that I read as part of a book club in 2020. I loved the Barbie Twelve Dancing Princesses film as a child (I am not ashamed to admit that 😂) so to read a darker and twister version was amazing. I highly recommend it especially on the ending!

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

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I don’t speak enough about this book but I really should. If you can guess by this book and the next I love the French revolution and books that are inspired by it. Dangerous Remedy is a mix of historical fiction and science fiction which I really enjoyed. The sequel is coming out later this year and it is only a duology so now is the perfect time to check it out.

A Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

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Much like Dangerous Remedy, A Court of Miracles is set around the French Revolution. But is goes so much further than that as it is a Les Misérables retelling all around Eponine! Les Misérables is my favourite musical so have an amazing book set around it is even better. The sequel should be coming out some time in the next year and I am so excited for it, I highly suggest you give A Court of Miracles a go.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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I know that I recently disliked a Beth O’Leary book but The Flatshare is still one of my favourite contemporary romances. I love the dynamic between Tiffy and Leon and the banter that they have between post-it notes. It also tackles some hard-hitting topics which I wasn’t expecting but they were done in an amazing manner. If you love contemporary romance I highly suggest checking The Flatshare out.

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

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This is Going to Hurt is the only non-fiction book included in this list but I thought that I should because I enjoyed it so much. This is Going to Hurt is humorous diary of an NHS junior doctor who has now left the medical field. Having used the NHS frequently the stories in This is Going to Hurt made me laugh out loud but the book is interspersed with some sadder medical stories that make you think. This book may not be for everyone, but if you think it is something that you may like I highly recommend checking it out.

The Memory Book by Laura Avery

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I recommend The Memory Book more than some of the others on this list, but that is only because I never see it mentioned. I loved reading The Memory Book even though it did break me and left me sobbing for quite a while. The Memory Book deals with memory loss and the question of what would you do if you knew that your time was running out. I really recommend picking The Memory Book up.

Orion Lost by Alistair Chisholm

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Orion Lost is the first of two middle grade books on this list, so that means that it is one of my absolute favourites. Orion Lost was the first sci-fi middle grade that I read and it was so good I completely forgot that it is aimed at children. If you love reading science fiction books I highly suggest checking this one out as I think you will really enjoy it!

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

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If I was making a list of books that I love but don’t seem to ever recommend I couldn’t not recommend A Pinch of Magic. I love this series, but specifically this book. The relationship between the sisters is amazing and the plot is so well developed! I can’t wait to carry on with the series and see what more trouble the Widdershins sisters are going to get into.

There you have it, some of my favourite books that I hardly ever recommend. Hopefully I have been able to suggest something that you might be interested in. Let me know some of your underrated favourites in the comments below!

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Hardly Recommend But Really Do

  1. I love lists like these, because there are always books you enjoyed so much but always forget to talk about. This is a great list! I keep meaning to read This Is Going to Hurt!

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  2. To Kill a Kingdom + House of Salt and Sorrow :: two of my favorite books and I just can’t gush enough about them. ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm adding all the others you've mentioned to my TBR. And since you love books based on French Revolution, I'm guessing you might have read Paula Volsky's Illusion, which is a good solid read.


  3. I have This Is Going to Hurt on my TBR. Glad you liked it so much. I also want to read Flatshare, as I’ve heard many good things about it and I love contemporary fiction.


  4. I really need to read Girl, Serpent, Thorn and Orion Lost!
    I also love House of Salt and Sorrow and A Pinch of Magic!


  5. As a matter of fact, I think I actually read one retelling- Spinning Silver. I do get a bit nervous when it comes to them especially if it is based off a book I love. What convinced me to read SS is that I already fell in love with a Naomi Novik previously, Uprooted- plus, the blurb made it sound so original

    In addition, it was at a Park Road Books event at church- as in a bookstore that is good at recommending books


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