Top Ten Tuesday: Ten great books with under 1,000 ratings on Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is  Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads.

This is such a fun topic! Being a numbers geek, I had way too much fun sorting my Goodreads shelves by my stars and then by the number of ratings, looking for books I gave either 4 or 5 stars that deserve way more attention than they’ve gotten so far. And then I decided to make it a bit more of a challenge, and picked only books with under 1,000 ratings.

Here are 10 books I really enjoyed, all with not nearly enough ratings:

1) Gathering Storm by Maggie Craig (review): This historical novel about Jacobites in Edinburgh is perfect for Outlander fans! (30 ratings)

Gathering Storm 2

2) Harrowgate by Kate Maruyama (review): Good, creepy, spooky horror. (530 ratings)


3) Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett (review): I’ve been raving a lot about this one! A relatively new release about an Australian whaling village, it’s much more entertaining than you might guess just by reading the description. (I loved it.) (564 ratings)

Rush Oh

4) All the Winters After by Seré Prince Halverson (review): A beautiful novel that totally fed my Alaska obsession. (597 ratings)

All the Winters After

5) Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe (review): A moving look at military veterans and their families. (315 ratings)

blue stars

6) A Late Divorce by A. B. Yehoshua: This Israeli author’s writing is so gorgeous! I read this book ages ago, but always remember how powerful the story is. (275 ratings)

Late Divorce

7) The Outlandish Companion, Volume II by Diana Gabaldon: See, I managed to sneak an Outlander book into my list this week! This reference volume is a must for fans of the series. I wrote a detailed post about what’s inside, here.  (530 ratings)


8) Depth by Lev AC Rosen (review): Just an amazing sci fi noir detective story set in a flooded New York after the oceans of the world have risen. The descriptions of the city alone would make this book worthwhile, but add to that a terrific mystery, and it’s a must. (335 ratings)


9) The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon by S. S. Taylor (review): This is a smart, fun middle grade read that’s perfect for kids (and their adults) who enjoy brainy, daring adventure. I can’t believe more people haven’t read it! (789 ratings)

Expeditioners 1

10) The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters (review): Cat Winters has quickly become one of my favorite authors. This retelling of Hamlet is powerful and surprising, and deserves to be widely read! (517 ratings)

Steep & Thorny Way

What books made your list this week? Please share your TTT links!

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32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten great books with under 1,000 ratings on Goodreads

  1. Depth and The Expeditioners both sound fantastic! I love the premise of depth and the idea of a flooded New York- will have to look into that one!

  2. I really want to read more by Cat Winters. I’ve only read her Uninvited and loved it. I am not a Shakespeare fan, but I could probably read and enjoy The Steep and Thorny Way. Harrowgate also sounds really good. Great list! Thank you for sharing!

    Here is my list of favorites with under 100 reviews on Twitter (at least at the time I made the list–I think one is up to 101 now).

    • I was surprised too — I feel like it’s gotten some good attention, but maybe that’s just among the blogs I follow. 🙂 Definitely worth checking out!

  3. I just downloaded the first Outlandish Companion volume from Audible! I will definitely get to the second at some point as well. And probably should borrow the print editions from the library to peruse 🙂 I figure while I’m working on my re-read, I might as well dive into all Outlander books available! After Fiery Cross, I believe the first Lord John book was published, so I may start squeezing those in as well 🙂 I don’t think I could even attempt to read them in chronological order since they bounce around so much, so I’m thinking publication order makes sense.

  4. I still need to read my review copy of The Steep & Thorny Way, I feel terrible. Was a little put off by it being a retelling of Hamlet because I’m super unknowledgeable when it comes to Shakespeare. I had a Winters book on my list too! Harrowgate sounds interesting… need to check that one out!

    • I don’t think you have to be all that in-depth knowledgeable about Hamlet to enjoy Steep & Thorny — I think someone could enjoy it without knowing Hamlet at all, just as a really good and powerful story. The Hamlet elements add to it, but it doesn’t take a huge amount of familiarity to pick up on the themes (and where the stories are different).

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