10 Favorite Books I rarely talk about!

I love this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic so much! Today we are talking about all those books that we really loved but that don’t usually fit into book tags or that we just forget about. As I read more and more books every year, I tend to talk more about my current reads, about most recent favorites and also all those books I will definitely read one day. With that, all other amazing books that deserved 5-stars two or three (or more) years ago were swept to the side. 

This will be a great opportunity to scavenge through my GoodReads shelves and find the books I loved in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and bring them back to everyone’s attention. 

Let’s start with some Adult books I loved but haven’t talked about in a while:


«The One» is a Sci-Fi thriller set in the world where a program can find your match, the One, by analyzing DNA of people who submit their samples. With that comes a lot of struggles: people who’s been waiting for their One to be discovered and dreading the possibility of missing out on the perfect happy life because their other half wasn’t interested to submit the sample. Or people who took advantage of the program. It was an amazing thriller with so many surprising twists! 

If you like Blake Crouch and his type of Sci-Fi Thrillers, you’ll love John Marrs’ «The One» as well! 

Another amazing book that I used to mention a lot 2 years ago – «The Leavers» by Lisa Ko. I love reading and learning about different cultures, and doing it by reading Fiction is the most entertaining thing in the world! 

In «The Leavers» we follow the son of a Chinese immigrant, from childhood into adulthood, and this type of character-driven books will always be my favorite.

Yet another 2017 favorite, «All the Good Things» is the most heartbreaking but at the same time feel-good novel! I even remember everything about me reading this book – how it was summer, how I sat on the terrace. That’s not something I experience with every book, and I will forever treasure this one.

I remember crying and laughing as I read «All the Good Things». It’s such an underrated book, I just wish I could make more people read it!

Oh, my very first Mary Kubica! I should make it a priority to read all of her books because I’m sure that all other books are just as incredibly atmospheric and intense. 

My review on Goodreads for this book says: “I’ll be writing my review as soon as I’m done crying”. Lol. I did actually write this review, it’s up on my blog. But apparently I forgot to update the Goodreads page, oops! 😀

«Homegoing» is a masterpiece of historical fiction and should be made mandatory reading in school! The story of multiple generations in mere 320 pages is not an easy task, by Yaa Gyasi did it masterfully. This is probably one of the few books that I consider re-reading some time in the future.


«Pax» was one of the books I picked for the Booktube-a-thon (back then when it was called Booktube-a-thon and not Reading Rush). There was a prompt to read a book in one day or in one sitting, and I read this one.

I saw that Sarah Pennypacker’s new book came out just a few weeks ago, I will be reading it for sure, as soon as it appears on the website I usually order books from.

I feel like even when this book came out no one really talked about it, so it was passed unnoticed. LGBTQ+, feminism, a little bit of historical fiction, this book had it all to become one of the popular YA releases. So if you’re looking for an inspirational book that talks about feminism and women’s rights, this is a book for you!

Give me all books about video games! As a “former” gamer I find these books fascinating and so very relatable. «Ready Player One» was probably my first book about gaming and I loved it so much. I loved the book, I loved the movie. We watched the movie at the cinema first and liked it so much that we had to rewatch it at home. Twice! 😀

«To Best the Boys» might not be the best YA fantasy out there. However, since I read it in one sitting, not able to put the book down even for a second I consider it to be on my favorites list!

I would love to know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought about them! Let’s chat in the comments below!

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57 thoughts on “10 Favorite Books I rarely talk about!

  1. I haven’t heard of many of these before. 😭 But Ready Player One and To Best the Boys are on my TBR, and I’m still not over how beautiful but simple the cover for To Best the Boys is! I read Storm Siren by Mary Weber years ago and I remember really liking it, more for the writing than the actual plot. XD So, I’m pretty excited to read something else by her!
    Great list! Happy Reading! ❤

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I read «To Best the Boys» in one sitting, only because I couldn’t stop myself from reading it. I remember it was my pick for Herbology in last year’s OWLs, and I thought I would just read a few chapters to get the feel of it at the end of March. Nope… finished in one go and had to pick another book for Herbology exam. 😀

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    1. I hope you love it if you pick it up! I couldn’t stop reading it once started, really enjoyed how fast-paced and captivating it was. Besides, it’s a standalone fantasy! Which we don’t get that often. 🙂


    1. 😀 So are yours!!! All the series you’ve been reading made me want to binge something as well. Lol
      I hope you love “The One”, it’s fascinating. I just finished another John Marrs book that is coming out in May and it didn’t have Sci-Fi elements to it 😦

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  2. You know I’ve a very weird thing going on with To Best the Boys.
    I REALLY want to read it because it seems super interesting, mysterious and the MC seems hella cool but EVERY TIME I’ve tried to start it I couldn’t get past the first 30 pages for some reason (and I thought the audiobook narrator was bad for it)
    So, I’m a bit hesitant right now but I definitely want to give it another chance in the future. I hear great things about it!

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    1. Oh no! 😀 Actually, when it just came out there were quite a lot of negative reviews as well. I really loved it, couldn’t put it down. I love your determination though 😀 if it was me I would have given up on it a long time ago. Lol

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  3. I just added The One and All the Good Things to my tbr. I’d never heard of these, so I’m happy you shared them! And I own Homegoing but haven’t picked it up yet. I’ve only heard great things, and I’m excited to get to it someday! Great list!

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  4. Ooh, there are a few on here that are on my TBR and honestly, I only bought them because their covers were really eye-catching (hi, Pax and To Best the Boys) but I’m so glad to see them on this list 😍 Makes me even more excited to read the ones on my TBR now! Fab list, Alex ❤

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    1. Ahaha, no one can resist that fox on the cover 😀 I like the cover of To Best the Boys, but I have it on Kindle, so… If I haven’t bought a physical copy of it yet, means I’m not entirely in love with that green 😀


  5. Ah I love these kind of blog posts, they always make me discover some amazing reads! I’m so curious about Things a bright girl can do, I can’t wait to check it out 🙂
    Lovely list! 🙂

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  6. I LOVED the world of Ready Player One too! The movie was awesome and I really wish there were a sequel. Also, Homegoing is coming up on my list and I’m looking forward to reading it given all the good feedback I’ve heard!

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    1. I think he was working on the sequel, at least there one that appears on GoodReads, and I’m sure it will be amazing. ❤

      And OMG, you need to read Homehoing! It's an incredible story, so heartbreaking and so interesting.

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  7. Wow, I’ve never heard of The One but it sounds like it’d be right up my alley! Also I keep umming & ahhing about Ready Player One – I’ll read a bunch of good reviews for it & then hear ONE bad review & decide I don’t want to read it anymore 😂

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