Top Ten Tuesday – Forgotten Backlist Titles That Deserve More Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is  Forgotten Backlist Titles (Spread love for books that people don’t talk about much anymore!).  I decided to approach this topic by looking back through the earliest days of my blog and see what books I used to write about all the time.  The ten I chose to feature today are ten that I absolutely loved but just rarely ever think about or talk about anymore.  They’re definitely worth a read if you have them sitting on your TBR. 🙂 You’ll also see a lot of YA books featured since YA was a huge part of my reading and blogging experience when I first started out and honestly up until the last year or two when I migrated almost exclusively to romance and adult books.



Ten Forgotten Backlist Titles That Deserve More Love



WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley


FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell



JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi


LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer


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Have you read any of these?

19 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    Words in Deep Blue is one I would recommend to all. It was perfection. I wish Cowley would write another book. Dimple, Fangirl, and Letters were great too. Jellicoe was such a mind trip, but when it all came together, brilliant.

  2. Angela @ Literary Wanderer
    Angela @ Literary Wanderer says:

    I still have my copies of The Lunar Chronicles and I really love the series!

  3. Amanda Kay
    Amanda Kay says:

    I really liked When Dimple Met Rishi when I listened to it a few years ago! Also recall really liking Fangirl, though it’s been a good while since I read that one!

  4. Dini @ dinipandareads
    Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    Omg, how on earth could I forget Words in Deep Blue!? That’s one of my favourites and definitely not a title that I see mentioned a lot, if ever. Such an underrated backlist! 😍 I also loved Cinder and I’m currently re-reading the Shades of Magic series and I’m happy to say that I’m enjoying it on my first re-read. Great list 🙂

  5. Lark
    Lark says:

    I loved A Darker Shade of Magic! Such a fun fantasy book with all those different worlds. Great list. 😀

  6. Greg
    Greg says:

    It’s funny to look back and see what we were talking about in the early days of blogging! I remember Fangirl was huge and I really liked it.

  7. RS @ Literary Loot
    RS @ Literary Loot says:

    Letters to the Lost is still on my TBR, and I should probably prioritize it — I’m so bummed to see that my home county library has already weeded it entirely, and the other one I’m registered in has only one copy left. It really looks incredible, I’ve only been holding out because I go through regular bouts of wanting strong male friendship in a YA novel, and this is the only one I have in my back pocket so if I burn through it now, I’ll be up a creek when I specifically want that.

    tl;dr I definitely wish it was still talked about as much as it once was.

  8. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
    Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) says:

    I’ve read about half of these. I loved The Lunar Chronicles when I read it. It’s a great series, but it’s definitely not talked about as much as it used to be. WORDS IN DEEP BLUE is one that’s still on my TBR list that I still really want to read. Just haven’t gotten around to it yet. One of these days!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  9. Jo
    Jo says:

    A Darker Shade of Magic is one of my absolute favourite books, and I’m so excited for The Fragile Threads of Power to come out next month! I really enjoyed Stalking Jack The Ripper but found that the rest of the series didn’t really live up. I really hated The Bear and The Nightingale, I know a lot of people really love it, but it just didn’t work very well for me. I read the first two Lunar Chronicles books, but again, I don’t really think they were for me because I just didn’t feel the urge to continue with the other two.

  10. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    I recently re-read A Darker Shade of Magic and it definitely revived my love for this series! I also used to love Cinder, Fangirl and Letters to the Lost, so maybe I need to do a re-read there as well 🙂

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