Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books I Loved

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (we’ve done underrated books a bunch of times in the past 6 years but thanks to Lenore at Celebrity Readers for suggesting this topic as a new way to talk about underrated books especially when underrated is subjective. An easy way to find this — go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads? Or if that’s too hard you can spin it some other way!

This is a super easy topic for me, because I mainly read underrated books. Reading a lot of ARCs from Netgalley leads to this, and I actually love to discover all these new books and recommending the hell out of them.


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October Wrap-Up

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Hello people, we’re here today for my monthly wrap-up. Yep. Another month gone. This whole year is going by way too fast… either way, let’s get on with this wrap-up.

In my October TBR I proposed myself to read 10 books this month, and in fact I was able to read 11. However, I only read 6 from my original TBR list… UUUPPPPSSSS! I managed to read a lot while traveling, but I decided to tackle my Netgalley TBR list, leaving some not so urgent books to read at a later time. So, the books I read this month:

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1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer  4stars

2. Rikki by Abigail Strom  3-7

3. The New Year’s Wish by Dani-Lyn Alexander  2-3

4. A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij  4stars

5. Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij  3-7

6. This Song Is (Not) for You by Laura Nowlin  3-5

7. The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone  4-2

8. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier  4-5

9. Frosh: First Blush by Mónica B. Wagner  3-5

10. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher  4-5

11. Angelfall by Susan Ee  4-5


Eleven books was great 😀 , especially considering that I was traveling for half the month. And I’m super happy because even traveling, I managed to write 60 posts this month, which means almost 2 per day… and I wrote reviews for all of my books, even if some are still not up.

Tomorrow I’ll post my November TBR 😀 .

Your Voice Is All I Hear (Leah Scheier)

I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key. 

And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen. 

April won’t let Jonah go without a fight. 

He’s her boyfriend—her best friend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and the ones in his head?

Pub Date: September 1, 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book destroyed me! I really don’t know how to start this review any other way…

To be clear, this book is about how April deals with Jonah’s disease, and how his schizophrenia progresses and the effects it has on both of them and their families.

The beginning of the book is so cute, April and Jonah meet, and they’re both so starved for a friend and human connection that they cling to each other. Yes, it’s a bit of a case of insta-love, but I get it here, because they both feel like they don’t have anyone else. So things progress slowly but surely, and they develop a romantic relationship that is so cute and involves a lot of time spent with their moms.

But then the first signs of trouble stat showing, and because April is the one narrating from the future, you know before hand that things are about to turn really bad. I loved the narration, by the way… April sounded exactly like a loyal 15/16 yo girl in love. Her frustrations, her sense of loyalty and her feeling that nobody can understand her are typical of a teenager, with a not so typical problem.

The book goes from cutesy with come clichés, to downright gut wrenching, as we see Jonah going deeper and deeper into his paranoia, and April trying to remain loyal to her boyfriend, even when she doesn’t quite know if it’s the right thing to do.

The signs are all there though, and when the inevitable happens, and even though I knew it was coming, I still gasped and cried ugly. And then that ending… all things considered, it ended well, but my heart was just so broken by then.

Kudos to Leah Scheier, for creating this amazing book with such a difficult subject without sugar coating or romanticizing it. I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the disease now.

I cried a lot during this book, it played with my emotions pretty early on, and it kept pulling my heart strings until the very end. It was impossible for me to feel nothing, so, even though the story is not perfect, I can’t help but put this one as one of the best reads I had this year, because it messed with me.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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October TBR

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Hello! Today I bring you my October TBR. As you might have read at some point – given that I’ve mentioned it A LOT – A week from now I’ll be heading to South Korea and to Japan for 14 days! I’m super excited about it, first of all JAPAN!!!! Then, I’ve only been to Asia once before, and I’m very looking forward to get to know it a little bit better.

I suspect that this will also impact my reading a bit, though I’m not sure if for the better or worse, because from one hand, I’ll have two 20 something hours trips to make. And reading on planes is somehow one of my favorite things. On the other hand, I don’t expect to have much time in the actual places, though South Korea will be mild, given that my companion (a.k.a. my mom) will be working, but in Japan we’ll be running around, and I think that my only time to read will be inside the bullet trains.

But without further ado, here is my TBR for this upcoming month:

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1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I’ve been wanting to get into The Lunar Chronicles, and now that the Shatter Me trilogy is done and Queen of Shadows read, it is time to start. (I’ve started it this morning, 13 pages in and I already like that Prince… how is this possible?)

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – I hope I manage to read this one as well before I get on that first plane, otherwise it will be the physical book coming along for the ride.

3. Angelfall by Susan Ee – I saved this one for the plane 😀 – See Josie? It’s already on my TBR for this month!

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Same as the one above

5. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier – This eARC is long overdue, I have to get to it this month without fail.

6. Rikki by Abigail Strom – Also an eARC…

7. The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone – Ditto, I’m quite excited about this one.

8. Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts – This seems like a light-ish read, so perfect for the travel.

9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – As I said in my TTT Fall TBR post, I wanted to read this one around Halloween, just because, I’m not sure I’ll have the time or the will, but I’ll try.

10. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher – I don’t know if this book will arrive on time… I ordered it along with Everything, Everything and they are bound to arrive on the 7th of this month, well, the problem is that my flight is on the 8th at 6 a.m., so if the books are delayed by one day I won’t be able to pick them up and they’ll be returned to AMAZON… 😦


This is quite an ambitious TBR, especially considering that some of these books are not small, others I have no idea of size, and some are fantasy. But still, the two 20h plane/airport rides + one 2h flight + four 1-2h bullet train rides should provide some time to read. And my kindle is quite stocked if I need further reading material 😉 .

September Book Haul

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Another month gone. Wow, time is flying! Anyway, this month’s books… Let’s start with the physical books that I’ve acquired this month:

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septbookhaul1Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas)

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy (Jenny Han)

Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

Scarlet (Marissa Meyer)

Cress (Marissa Meyer)

The Selection (Kiera Cass)

The Elite (Kiera Cass)

The One (Kiera Cass)

Landline (Rainbow Rowell)


septbookhaul2I also bought several eBooks this month, super cheap 😀 :


Daughter of Smoke and Bone
(Laini Taylor)

Angelfall (Susan Ee)

Every Last Word (Tamara Ireland Stone)

Playing the Player (Lisa Brown Roberts)

The Boyfriend Thief (Shana Norris)

A Summer Like No Other (Elodie Nowodazkij)

Exit Stage Left (Gail Nall)

Finding Cinderella (Colleen Hoover)


septbookhaul3And finally, I got 3 books from Netgalley:

Your Voice Is All I Hear (Leah Scheier)

Rikki (Hart University) (Abigail Strom)

The New Year’s Wish (Dani-Lyn Alexander)


This is it! My September book haul, a bit bigger than I anticipated… 20 books 😳 !