Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Loved With Under 2,000 Goodreads Ratings

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books I loved that have fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. In other words, under-appreciated books. I’ve been trying to read more of these lately, but this post was still a challenge (which just shows how many more obscure books I need to read. Still, I was able to put together a good list of books I really enjoyed. The majority of these aren’t new books, which means their lack of ratings isn’t because people haven’t had time to read them. If they sound interesting, you should definitely check them out. And, if you have read any of these books, I’d love to hear what you thought!

  1. Language of the Bear by Nathanael Green & Evan Ronan. This book is not something I usually read – it’s a historical war novel that takes place during the Seven Year’s War – but I loved it. The characters are incredible, and the writing is just perfect. Definitely one of my favorite historical fiction novels, and definitely a book that I think more people should read. It’s the first in a series, and the second one is equally great!
  2. Sanji and the Baker by Robin Tzannes. This was one of my favorite books as a child, and I was surprised to find how few ratings it has on Goodreads (less than 50 as of my writing this). It’s a cute story with an amazing lesson, and probably the only children’s novel I can think of that’s set in the Middle East and isn’t a fairy tale. I kind of want to buy copies for all the children I know (and myself) now.
  3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I’m sure this will reach 2,000 ratings soon, but since it’s not quite there yet, I thought I’d include it. This book is fantastic. I loved it so much! The humor is right up my alley, and it’s one of those rare books that fucks with history in a way I don’t really mind. I just finished it a week ago, and I already want to reread it.
  4. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young. This is such a fun little comic!  It came out recently, and I’ve been trying to read more unconventional comics (the traditional superhero comics aren’t really my thing), so I picked it up. And I ended up loving it! So looking forward to the next installment of the series.
  5. An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel. This one was an unexpected favorite. I’m not that into vampire novels, but when I do read them, I definitely prefer the old-school, Dracula kind. So when I read that this is about an ancient vampire who wakes up to find the new, Twilight-esque vampires, hates them, and plots their downfall, I was curious. And it was good. Really good.
  6. Practical Applications for Multiverse Theory by Nick Scott and Noa Gavin. Sometimes, I like reading truly bizarre books. And that’s definitely what I got from this one. It’s a young adult novel very similar to John Dies at the End by David Wong, in that it’s just absolutely crazy. Can’t wait for the next one.
  7. Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins. I haven’t really been into YA romance, but this one I liked. It has a cool, time-travel twist, and really cute characters. But what really sold me was the realistic, but still satisfying ending. I hate when every book I read ends in happily ever after, and I loved that this was refreshing without being heartbreaking.
  8. And Again by Jessica Chiarella. This book is about a group of terminally ill patients who get a second chance at life – inside clones of their old bodies, minus their illness. It’s an interesting look at what life means to different people, and what we really should value.
  9. A Good Month for Murder by Del Quentin Wilber. I’ve read very few true crime books, but this one was great! It’s about one month – February 2013 – in which a DC homicide squad dealt with a total of twelve murders. It reads almost like a novel, so it’s exciting, and honestly kind of shocking to realize that it’s true.
  10. Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg. Yes, that Jesse Eisenberg. Honestly, I was surprised to find this doesn’t have more ratings. It’s a book of short stories that are wonderfully quirky – just like watching one of Eisenberg’s movies. I especially loved the one about the twelve-year-old restaurant critic. If you like Jesse Eisenberg, you should definitely check out this book.
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