Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Underrated Books That I Read in the Past Year. So here are the last ten books I read that I think deserve more attention and love!
1) Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee. A very solid and engaging YA contemporary about conjoined twins as they deal with romance and the imminent future.
2) Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina. This YA historical fiction, set in 1977 NYC during the run of serial killer Son of Sam, presents an original, relatable story with edge. It also discusses the important issue of juvenile domestic violence.
3) The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. Another YA historical fiction, this one set in the 1900s and with a fantasy aspect, that shows the suffragette movement through the eyes of a fierce young woman and a young man who works as a hypnotist.
4) The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters. One of my best YA books of 2016, this YA historical fiction takes place in 1923 and addresses the brutal, horrific, and widespread effects of prejudice, against people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals both.
5) How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes. This YA contemporary tells the story of a girl at a summer treatment camp for teen artists. It presents an interesting and emotive combo of dance, body image, mental illness, and an unhealthy mother-daughter relationship.
6) The Summer of You & Me by Robin Constantine. An adorable YA contemporary romance between two summer camp counselors: a girl adjusting to a new family situation and a paralyzed boy who uses a wheelchair. Yay for disability rep!
7) Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst. This diverse YA fantasy tells the story of a girl who was meant to be the vessel for her desert people's goddess and how she goes on a journey to find all of the missing gods. It's too bad there's only one book and not a series!
8) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. Another best YA of 2016: a YA sci-fi about a world where, every twelve years, everyone loses their memories--except for the heroine. Super intriguing and original.
9) Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah. A wonderful YA contemporary about a Muslim girl who decides to wear the hijab. I love the religious representation! Even though I'm LDS, not Muslim, there was a lot about it that I found relatable and true.
10) The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. One more from 2016's best YA list, a YA historical fiction taking place in 1241, the tumultuous time before the Inquisitions. I love reading about powerful, spiritual women who hold to their religious and personal truths even when they're attacked for it, and that's exactly what this book is about.
If any of these books sound like your thing, go ahead and check them out! I'll see you tomorrow.
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