Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is underrated favorites! I’m talking about some of my favorite books that have fewer than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. To be honest, I’m curious to see which books I’ve read will end up having fewer than 2000 ratings.
Okay, after going through my Goodreads shelf I realized that I’ve only read and loved a few books with fewer than 2000 ratings. I don’t want to add books to this list that I simply thought were okay, or didn’t like at all, or can’t be read by the majority of you. For example, some of the books I’ve read and loved in this category are only published in Dutch, which I assume most of you don’t speak. So I’ve decided to talk about 6 books I would recommend, and 4 I want to read.
Disclaimer: these have less than 2000 ratings on January 23rd, which is when I’m writing this post.
THE ONES I’VE READ AND LOVED
Ever Falling Star by Sungju Lee & Susan McClelland
I can’t believe this book has fewer than 2000 Goodreads ratings! Every Falling Star was one of my favorite books of 2018. This is a nonfiction book targeted at younger readers (young adult). In it, the author talks about growing up in North Korea, having to steal and beg to survive, and his eventual escape from the country. The way the authors tell Sungju Lee’s story makes it seem like a YA fiction novel at times, and I had to keep reminding myself this actually happened to him. Please read this!
Running With Lions by Julian Winters
Another one I’m sad to see on this list. I also read this book in 2018, and fell in love with it. It follows Sebastian as he goes to yearly summer football camp with his team. The new addition to the team just so happens to be Emir, his estranged childhood best friend. His feelings for Emir might also not be entirely platonic. It was adorable, it was cute, and it was lovely. I need more people to read this!
The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis
I feel like everyone should have read this already because this book is so short. I saw it on Riley Marie’s channel, and she made it sound really good. It’s about a girl called Chris, who recently dropped out of university and broke up with her girlfriend of 3 years. One day, a new girl starts working at the same bookstore Chris is an employee, and they connect instantly. It’s so adorable, everyone! Plus, it talks about creating an environment of people who support you, chasing your dreams, not knowing where your career is going when you’re in your twenties, and more. Best of all, thank you for writing a sex positive novel!
A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert
Thank you Destiny for talking about this book and making me want to pick it up. This is now one of my favorite adult romance novels, and I will keep singing its praises until everyone reads it too. It’s an #ownvoices book that follows a black, plus size, autistic woman who creates webcomics and an ex-military metalsmith. Hell yes.
A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke
A Shiver of Snow and Sky is a polar fantasy novel wherein the Goddess communicates with the people of Skane through lights that appear in the sky on clear nights. Green means all is well, blue is a warning for a snowstorm to come, and red… Red is a warning. This is such an atmospheric standalone, and I wish more people would read it! I found it in a secondhand bookstore last year and couldn’t be more grateful.
Solve for i by A.E. Dooland
I bought a Kindle copy of Solve for i at random, because I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone talk about it before. It’s a adult contemporary novel that follows Gemma (28) who is starting to realize her feelings for her best friend, Sarah, aren’t very platonic. Only problem? Sarah is very straight, in a happy relationship, and pregnant. While I did think that the friendship between these two women was too co-dependent at the start, I think the author gave these characters enough room for growth. I immensely enjoyed the second half of the book, and will read her others for sure.
THE ONES I WANT TO READ
Down Station by Simon Morden
I bought this at YALC 2018, mostly because of the cover. Isn’t it absolutely beautiful? All I know about this story is that it follows commuters who happen to be in the underground when the apocalypse takes place, and end up going through a tunnel into a different world.
Death Notice by Zhou Haohui
In my pursuit to read more translated novels, I’ve added this mystery/thriller to my to-read list. Death Notice was originally written in Chinese, and follows a police squad hunting a criminal mastermind out to publicly execute criminals. Sounds epic to me.
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree follows one girl kidnapped by Boko Haram. It is a fiction novel, but is based on a true event. If you’re somehow unaware, in 2014 Boko Haram kidnapped 276 school girls. Today, around 110 of those girls are still missing. I still can’t understand why there is almost no talk of these kidnappings in Europe/America. Maybe it’s because so far Boko Haram hasn’t done anything to us specifically? Does it have to come to our doorstep for us to interfere? Anyway, this is a fiction novel following one of the kidnapped girls.
Astra: Lost in Space Vol. 1 by Kenta Shinohara
I have heard so many great things about Astra: Lost in Space! One of my aspirations for 2019 is to read more manga, since I’ve really enjoyed the few I read last year. This series is high on my to-buy list, and has so few ratings on Goodreads! Although people who primarily read manga probably use a different website to track their reading.
There you have it, 10 books with fewer than 2000 ratings on Goodreads! It was so interesting to go through my shelves and look at the number of ratings certain books have. I was quite surprised by some of these picks, to be honest. Tell me, have you read any of these books? Which of the 4 on my to-read list should I prioritize? Which books with fewer than 2000 ratings do you love?