The Broke and the Bookish is Ten Hidden Gem Books I Read in 2016. There are so many great books that not nearly enough people have read - or at least not rated on Goodreads! I'm sticking with books I loved that have less than 200 ratings on Goodreads.
2. Body in the Bayou by Ellen Byron (186 Reviews) - This is another cozy series and is set in the bayous of Louisiana. This is a setting I'm super familiar with and I can tell that the author is as well as it's perfectly done. The first two books in this series are both super entertaining and have just been a joy to read.
3. Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France by Thad Carhart (101 Reviews)- This part memoir part history lesson is just lovely. I loved getting to know the Carhart family (especially the mother who is my new personal hero. I'm pretty sure that nothing shocked that woman) and learn about life in post-World War II France and thoroughly enjoying getting chapters on the history of France all centered around an amazing former residence of royalty.
4. Better Get to Livin' by Sally Kilpatrick (83 Rating) - This was an accidental NetGalley request. I'm not usually a quirky small town reader but this was so much fun without being silly. I was absolutely delighted with it and if you enjoy small town stories with some seriously quirky characters this is one that absolutely should not be missed.
6. The Rain Sparrow by Linda Goodnight ((174 ratings) - I requested this one off of NetGalley the second I saw it took place in an inn without noticing the darkness of some of the other plot points. I'm glad I didn't notice them because they may have kept me from reading what was one of my favorite books of 2016. In a dual timeline book there's usually one timeline that is so much more interesting than the other but this was a rare exception. I loved all the characters and was so very invested in all the stories.
7. A Reckless Desire by Isabella Bradford (158 ratings) - This is the 3rd book in a trilogy about brothers and my favorite. Bradford manages to blend deep social issues into an entertaining historical romance without making light of the issues and without making the book too heavy.
8. Death and the Brewmaster's Widow by Loretta Ross (152 ratings) - This is a cozy series that needs more attention. The characters are so unusual without being over the top and there's a history element in every mystery. I have the third book in this series coming up and I can't wait to catch back up with the Death (pronounced Deeth) and Wren.
9.Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna by Maia Chance (155 ratings) - All the books in this series have slight touches of fairy tale inspiration for an extra bit of fun. It's a historical mystery which is unusual and the main character is edging towards con-artist which makes for a unique cozy and one that needs more attention.
10. The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio (212 ratings) - I'm cheating just a little because this has just over 200 ratings but it really should have more. I can never turn down a bookish book - especially a mystery with books! Not only do the characters in the series belong to a book club together but they talk about books - A LOT! In this story it's all about Rebecca and I adored every minute of book discussion. To make it even better it had a great mystery attached!
What books did you love that need a little more attention?