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Hunt For the Hidden Gems

Join us for a head-to-head showdown of the best books you might have missed this year. Our expert staff have selected 12 of the best under-the-radar reads of 2023 spanning across four different genres. These aren’t just books—they’re treasures waiting to be discovered! We need your help in crowning the best Hidden Gem of 2023. Which book AND genre will reign supreme?

How You Can Take Part

Here's how you can join in the fun!

  • From December 11 to 14, our Instagram account will transform into a virtual book battleground, with daily videos featuring three top Hidden Gems in four of the most popular genres in Burlington: contemporary romance (Monday), mystery/thriller (Tuesday), biographies (Wednesday), and historical fiction (Thursday).
  • Watch the pitch video, then cast your vote for which book you think sounds the best of the three. 
  • On Friday, check out the final showdown of the best books from all four genres, and vote for your favourite.
  • The winner will be declared our top Hidden Gem of 2023!

And don’t forget to share our posts with your book-loving followers so that they can vote, too!

Check Them Out!

So, what's your go-to genre? Which of these hidden gem titles sound like must-reads to you? Log in to your library account and place a hold by clicking the button under each book’s description. These picks have been carefully selected by our library staff, so you won’t be disappointed.

Happy reading!