Top Ten Tuesday #176


Hi all! This past week has been quite busy, what with coming back up to Uni, moving into my new flat and classes starting, so I apologise in advance if I’m a bit less active on the blog than I have been in previous years this year, it’s my last year of Uni, so I’m going to be pretty busy! It’s also my birthday tomorrow (I’ll be 22 for anyone who’s interested) so naturally I’m very excited about that!

Anyway, today I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday and today we’re talking about Hidden Gems. I never really know how to approach this topic, because we talk about so many books in the blogging community that it’s hard to know exactly what is “hidden” and what we just don’t really talk about as much but still really loved at the time. Today I’m going to be talking about UK/Irish books that I feel have kind of flown under the radar in the blogosphere, either because they are quite old, or because they haven’t been released in the US or just generally haven’t received much attention outside of the UK. So here we go, UK Books That Deserve More Attention In The Blogosphere:

  1. Skulduggery Pleasant Series-Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant is quite popular here in the UK, but the books were never released in the US, and I feel like it’s a series that definitely doesn’t get enough attention from bloggers! This was one of my first big YA series, I started reading them when I was 12 and now ten years later, I am still reading and loving the adventures of my favourite magical skeleton detective and his human sidekick Valkyrie.

2. Noughts and Crosses Series-Malorie Blackman

Again this series was pretty big in the UK, I don’t know how big it is/if it was released in the US, but it’s quite old, so I feel like no one ever talks about it anymore. Malorie Blackman was doing dystopia way before The Hunger Games ever came around! In all seriousness though, this was the first book series I ever read that tackled race in any real way, it’s such an important and powerful series of books and should definitely be talked about more!

3. 13 Minutes-Sarah Pinborough

I read this before it came out, I think two years ago, and I was really surprised that not many people seemed to really be talking about it, because it’s definitely one of the better YA thrillers that I’ve read in the past few years, it’s such an interesting look at the relationships between teenage girls and it’s a really clever mystery, so yeah, definitely one that shouldn’t fly under the radar as much as it seems to.

4. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell

I read this one last year, and though I’m not usually a big fan of horror, Frozen Charlotte was just the right amount of creepy for me, it was more of a light horror/mystery type book and I found the story of the creepy dolls very engaging.

5. Split Second duology-Sophie McKenzie

I mean honestly, I would say that any of Sophie McKenzie’s books aren’t really talked about as much as they should be, but this duology in particular definitely seems to have flown under the radar. It’s basically a thriller set in the near future focused on two teens who join an anti-terrorist group after being affected by terrorist bombings and it’s super fast paced and exciting and you never know who to trust. I really think this one should get more attention than it does!

6. Breathe duology-Sarah Crossan

This duology I think kind of got lost, because it was published in 2012 & 2013 and there was so much other dystopia coming out at that time off the back of the success of The Hunger Games. It’s such a shame though because it’s a super interesting and different concept-a world without trees where oxygen levels have been depleted and everyone has to live off an oxygen allowance inside a specially designed Pod. It’s such a cool duology and I wish it was talked about more.

7. Cross My Heart-Carmen Reid

AGH THIS BOOK. It’s one of my favourite YA historical books that I’ve ever read, focusing on a young girl who becomes a spy for the Belgian Resistance. It was so refreshing to read a WWII book that wasn’t about the experiences of the Holocaust or Germany, because as important as those things are, there were a LOT of countries affected by WWII, so it was great to get a little insight into what Belgium went through in WWII.

8. Artemis Fowl Series-Eoin Colfer

Again, one that was quite popular way back when, but isn’t really talked enough about! I love Artemis Fowl so much, it’s such a fun fantasy series and I sped through all the books within the course of a few months I think. If you like a good antihero and folklore characters like fairies, elves, centaurs and dwarves, then definitely give Artemis Fowl a try!

9. HIVE Series-Mark Walden

This series is so good, it’s basically a school for young villains in training and you get to follow the main character Otto (who is kind of similar to Artemis Fowl, so if you like that series then definitely try this one!) and his friends as they get up to all kinds of mischief and villainy, and it’s just awesome. The school is located in active volcano, one of the teachers is a cat and they have classes in all sorts of things to do with being a criminal, it’s just awesome.

10. Young Sherlock Holmes series-Andrew Lane

This series is just so much fun, it basically explores Sherlock Holmes’ life as a teenager and the sort of hijinks he might have got up to in his early life. For serious Holmes fans, there are a lot of hints towards things that Sherlock eventually does in the main series but for people like me, who really mostly know Sherlock through TV and film, there are enough recognisable traits that you know you’re reading a Sherlock story, but enough new stuff as well that young Sherlock feels like his own person.

So there we go, some UK/Irish books that if you don’t have on your radar already, you should definitely add to it! Has anyone read any of these books? Did you like them? How did you interpret this week’s topic? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Books on My Fall TBR, but I already kind of did that with my Back To School Freebie a few weeks ago, so I’m going to do something else, haven’t decided what yet though! In the meantime, I went to a book event on Sunday, so I will have the recap of that up soon.

57 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #176

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates 11/09/2018 / 3:26 pm

    Great list! I love Noughts & Crosses, I agree I don’t know how well known it is outside of the UK and it should be known everywhere, it’s so powerful. Happy Birthday for tomorrow and best of luck for your final year of uni!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/09/2018 / 9:17 am

      Thanks! No me either and I definitely agree, it should be known everywhere, such an important book. Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. Louise 11/09/2018 / 4:22 pm

    I read the Artemis Fowl series a couple of years ago back-to-back. Its such good fun! πŸ™‚

  3. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 11/09/2018 / 7:02 pm

    Ooooh, great list! I loved Artemis Fowl as a kid! And I really want to read Frozen Charlotte soon. πŸ™‚

  4. Sarah @ SWB 11/09/2018 / 9:26 pm

    Great list, I’ll admit I’ve not really read many of these but I love Noughts and Crosses!

    My TTT

  5. kozbisa 11/09/2018 / 11:01 pm

    I have heard of 4 of these. Artemis Fowl books are pretty popular here. I remember seeing them at the library. I really like Crossen, but have only read her contemporaries.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/09/2018 / 9:15 am

      Ah fair, I don’t really know how popular it is in other countries, it’s just not a series that gets talked about by bloggers very much. Oh you should definitely try the Breathe duology, it’s great.

  6. Amy Shaw 12/09/2018 / 12:16 am

    Oh, I might have to check out Young Sherlock Holmes! I always love a good Sherlock Holmes adaptation!

  7. Greg Hill 12/09/2018 / 12:57 am

    Happy birthday! I’ve heard of a few of these but haven’t read any of them. They do all look good though, and of course Artemis Fowl has me really curious since I have seen those around, and they sound like something I’d like!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/09/2018 / 9:13 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the Artemis Fowl books if you read them πŸ™‚

  8. Mara 12/09/2018 / 2:31 am

    I love your take on this week’s prompt! I live in the UK but I feel like I rarely read any UK books which is really a shame! I did recently buy 13 Minutes and hope to get to it this month! I’ll also need to eventually read Noughts and Crosses, I feel like it’s such a classic in the UK so I really want to read it😊

    • iloveheartlandx 12/09/2018 / 9:01 am

      Thank you! I actually feel the same way, which is why I wanted to do the prompt this way this week, since I feel like I’m always sharing US books and never talk about the ones from my own country! I hope you enjoy both of them πŸ™‚

  9. Leslie 12/09/2018 / 2:32 am

    I’ve had the Artemis series on my bookshelf for years!! I need to get to it soon!

      • Leslie 12/09/2018 / 12:10 pm

        Planning on! Don’t know when. Lol! πŸ˜†

  10. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 12/09/2018 / 3:00 am

    I don’t think Noughts and Crosses made it big in the US. It’s really too bad because it was a really good book.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/09/2018 / 8:54 am

      Yeah it is a shame, especially since books by black authors seem to be making it quite big in the US now-I reckon if it had been released now rather than when it was, it would have become a big hit over there!

  11. Amanda Holmes 12/09/2018 / 3:45 am

    Cross my Heart and 13 Minutes will have to go on my TBR list.;) Thank you!

  12. ChrissiReads 12/09/2018 / 4:55 am

    I adore Noughts and Crosses and Frozen Charlotte! πŸ™‚ Happy birthday for tomorrow!

  13. pagesandtea 12/09/2018 / 7:16 am

    Don’t think I’ve read any of these, but I love the sound of the young Sherlock Holmes books πŸ™‚

  14. Kathy @ Books & Munches 12/09/2018 / 9:15 am

    Noughts and Crosses has been on my Goodreads-TBR for ages, I think. I really should look into buying the books and reading them, haha.

    And since I’m a day “late” for TTT – HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 13/09/2018 / 3:24 pm

      Ha ha you definitely should! Thank you, I had a great time πŸ™‚

  15. maxinesobsessions 12/09/2018 / 12:47 pm

    I just picked up my second Sarah Crossan book this week, but it was one of her contemporaries. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this duology.

  16. megst13 12/09/2018 / 7:09 pm

    I love your list so much!!

  17. thebookishlibra 12/09/2018 / 8:56 pm

    Artemis Fowl is the only one of these titles I’ve read and I thought that was such a fun read!

  18. fitkittymama 13/09/2018 / 3:25 am

    I love the Artemis Fowl series! I’m about halfway through it right now.

  19. Heather Cilley 13/09/2018 / 7:27 am

    I hear such good things about the Skullduggery Pleasant books!! I’ve been meaning to check them out for so long! I need to give Artemis Fowl another try. I keep trying to get into the first book, it has all the check marks to be an amazing book for me, but I keep getting distracted. I am hoping to try again around the time the adaptation comes out!

    Great list! Happy reading.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/09/2018 / 3:22 pm

      They are so good, definitely recommend! I hope you manage to get through Artemis Fowl before the movie, it is such a fun series. Thank you πŸ™‚

  20. Aj @ Read All The Things! 13/09/2018 / 11:08 pm

    I’ve always meant to read Artemis Fowl. For some reason, that hasn’t happened yet. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/09/2018 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy Artemis Fowl if you do read it πŸ™‚

  21. Annemieke 16/09/2018 / 7:51 am

    I am a bit too old to really love Artemis Fowl when I got around to it a few years ago, but I am trying to save the series for my son when he’s older.
    I am planning on starting Skullduggery Pleasant in October. I have book 1-2 and 4. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 17/09/2018 / 6:27 pm

      Ah that’s fair enough-it will be a lovely thing to share with him when he’s older! Ooh yay, let me know how you like it πŸ™‚

  22. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words 17/09/2018 / 2:11 am

    I’ve heard some amazing things about the Noughts and Crosses Series but it’s a little hard to get a hold of in the US!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/09/2018 / 6:27 pm

      I figured! It’s a shame, it’s such a great series πŸ™‚

  23. Rissi 18/09/2018 / 6:39 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of or seen this Sherlock series you list above. But I’m always all for a good Sherlock re-telling. Thanks for sharing – and for the Finding Wonderland visit. Apologies it’s taken me so long to visit your blog!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/09/2018 / 12:16 pm

      Yeah it’s not really a well known one, but I found it really enjoyable. No worries!

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