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Underrated Books Gift Guide: If They Liked This...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme: holiday gift guide freebie!

I'm sure that every bookworm likes to get books for the holidays....just not the same books all the time. There are certain YA books that are hyped beyond belief, and I can easily imagine someone getting 4 copies of Divergent or Six of Crows.

There are so many amazing books out there - why not gift a book that goes a bit more under the radar? Sure, it might be a bit of a risk if you don't know that there are tens of thousands of people who've already loved it, but you might just find a hidden gem that your bookish friend will thank you for forever. (And, of course, you're more than welcome to use this as a guide for gifts to yourself.)

If they liked THE DIVINERS, get them IRON CAST
Why? Both revolve around a diverse group of people with powers in the 1920s (or nearly) solving some kind of mystery.

Why? They're both quick, happy contemporaries centered around queer guys that are also diverse in a bunch of other ways.

Why? They both take ageless concepts (like love and death) and turn them into characters, all against a historical backdrop.

Why? Both are sci-fi books that revolve around interesting questions, and both have gay protagonists.

Why? Very similar (and hilarious) narration styles, and really great main characters. (And this goes for any Maureen Johnson book - I just chose what I think is most popular.)

Why? Heists! And characters who have spent their whole lives training for them.

Why? The amazing atmosphere! Mostly normal, but slightly creepy and incredibly intriguing.

Why? Families with magic and a creepy land full of mysteries and excitement. And lots of fighting evil creatures!

If they liked PAPER TOWNS, get them THE LAND OF 10,000 MADONNAS
Why? A group of teenagers going on some kind of mission inspired by an absent friend, traveling and learning things about said friend along the way

If they liked LEVIATHAN, get them FRONT LINES
Why? Each imagines one of the World Wars with a twist, and they're both told from multiple perspectives. 

Have you started buying holiday presents yet? Or do you tend to wait until the last minute? Was this helpful? Tell me in the comments!


  1. I love this list! My family doesn't do Christmas presents, but this is handy to know. I have more bookish friends than ever now, so I'll probably be revisiting this guide when their birthdays come around :D

  2. The Accident Season is a perfect read alike for fans of The Raven Boys. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

    1. Thanks! They gave me the same kind of feeling when I was reading them, so I figured I'd put them together.


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