Ten Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about hidden gems. Books that we love that we don’t think get enough loving in the blogosphere.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

I absolutely loved this book when I read it a few years back. I don’t see it around enough! It’s a sad book, but so worth reading.


This book was beautifully written!

The Quietness

The Madness

Alison Rattle is so underrated! I’d recommend all of her books for beautifully written historical fiction.

Indigo Donut

Some beautiful characters are within these pages. I adored this story.


You might know Alex through her YA and middle grade reads, but she has written some stonking adult fiction too. This is great for those that love fairy tales.

Boy In The Tower

This was such a unique read!

Wait for Me

I thought this was a brilliant read. It reaches different ages too as my Gran loved it!

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

This is quite possibly my favourite chick-lit. I love Paige Toon’s writing!

Rites of Passage

I definitely judged this book by its cover. I thought it was going to be a New Adult/Fifty Shades book… it wasn’t.

Tell me about your hidden gems. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

This Weeks In Books #19

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book image to get you to Goodreads!

The Kind Worth Killing The Wrong Side of Right Silence is Goldfish

NOW-The Kind Worth Killing- Peter Swanson– I’m currently 20% through this book for my next ‘Talking About’ feature with my sister Beth. I’m enjoying it so far. It’s been a while since I’ve read a good thriller.

THENThe Wrong Side of RightJenn Marie Thorne– I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book when I found out it was centred around politics. I’m glad I have it a go though as I thought it was a wonderful contemporary.

NEXT- Silence is Goldfish- Annabel PitcherNext up, I’ll be working on my October ARCS. First up is Silence Is Goldfish I have heard so many good things about this book, so fingers crossed I like it too!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to a similar post you do, or let me know in the comments! Happy Reading!

FREEBIE: Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Books I Loved But Haven’t Reviewed


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Freebie week where we can choose what list we’d like to make. I have decided to highlighted those books I loved before I started book blogging, which I haven’t reviewed on my blog! This is where Goodreads comes in… so, in no particular order:

(Clicking the book image will take you to its Goodreads page!)

The Sky is EverywhereThe Ice Cream Girls

The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson– I loved this moving book from Jandy Nelson. I’m really looking forward to reading I’ll Give You The Sun soon.

The Ice Cream GirlsDorothy Koomson– I could have put any of the Dorothy Koomson books on here that I read pre-blogging. She is one of my auto-buy authors. I just love her writing and highly recommend it for those that love deeper reads.

RoomThe Help

RoomEmma Donoghue– I read this book back in 2011 and found it incredibly compelling!

The Help Kathryn Stockett- This won’t be any surprise to regular readers of my blog! I feature this book wherever possible because I loved it so much. Powerful and moving, this is a beautiful book to read.

The Other HandMy Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece

The Other Hand (a.k.a Little Bee)Chris Cleave– I discovered and devoured this book in 2011. It was an incredibly thought provoking read!

My Sister Lives On The MantelpieceAnnabel Pitcher- This was a moving and sweet read which didn’t take me long to read!


Cuckoo- Julia Crouch– Cuckoo was one of my first psychological thrillers. I loved it!

WonderR.J Palacio– Wonder was recommended to me by a good friend. I’m so glad she recommended it because I loved reading it!

Me Before YouSarah's Key

Me Before YouJojo Moyes- It wouldn’t be a ‘favourites’ post on Chrissi Reads if Me Before You didn’t feature. It is one of my favourite books of all time and if you haven’t read it yet…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Sarah’s KeyTatiana DeRosnay- This book is stunning. I don’t think it’s widely read which is a great shame!

Make me happy! Tell me you’ve read one of these books! ( 😉 ) I’d be interested to know what you’ve picked for your Freebie week, so please link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To My Sister


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to complete. I’m really excited about this week’s list, which is the top ten books we’d recommend to a certain person. I decided to recommend books to my sister.

My sister is one of my favourite people in the world. We’re incredibly similar. I thank her for my love of books. I can’t remember how many times she used to read to me when I was younger. Even now, our favourite thing to do together is to read. She’s got me to read certain books and vice versa. I know her TBR list is HUGE but here are ten books that she should BUMP up her TBR list.

(By the way, you can visit my sister’s book blog here: BIBLIOBETH)

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

16036975UndoneCat Clarke– I’ve made Beth read Entangled and Torn by Cat Clarke before. Undone was my favourite out of her books so far, so I want her to read this as soon as possible!


Dangerous GirlsAbigail Haas– I still can’t work out whether this book had a genius ending or just plain annoying, so I really need to discuss it with Beth!

17232261Songs of Willow FrostJamie Ford–  I always recommend Jamie Ford’s books where I can and this book certainly needs to be read soon!

cover37723-mediumStay Where You Are And Then LeaveJohn Boyne– I like to recommend John Boyne where I can as well, and this book is a brilliant read.

1656001The HostStephenie Meyer– I actually preferred The Host to the Twilight saga. I think Beth would enjoy it!

9741685Shadows On The MoonZoe Marriott– I think Beth would really enjoy this book. It’s beautifully written.

15812794The Time Between- Karen White– I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I think Beth would like Karen White’s writing style.


Heart-Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne- Another one I need to discuss with Beth. A protagonist that does awful things, but you can’t help but like…

11722503My Sister Lives On The MantelpieceAnnabel Pitcher– I know Beth has this book, as I read it before she did. I can’t help but love this book though, so she should definitely bump it up her list.

16275049Cruel SummerJames Dawson– I loved this book. I was a fan of Point Horror when I was younger, and so was Beth. In fact, I think it was her that got me into them. James Dawson’s Cruel Summer reminds me of a Point Horror classic, so I think she’d love it!

Have you read any of my choices for Beth? Are you intrigued by any of them? Please feel free to link me to your Top Ten lists. I have a feeling I’ll be adding many books to my TBR pile this week…