Top Ten Tuesday: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.

It’s nice to be able to give some love to stellar books that not enough people know about! Here are some of my top-rated reads, all with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. Where available, I’m including links to my reviews, so check ’em out if you’re interested!

1) All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen (1,463 ratings): A super-charming steampunk adventure, with nods to Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde. I think I’m due for a re-read!

2) Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett (1,292 ratings): An Austen-esque novel about a whaling community in Australia in the early 1900s. Such a great read! (my review)

3) Extreme Makeover by Dan Wells (943 ratings): The end of the world, as brought about by a cosmetics company. Scary yet kind of funny in a bizarre sort of way. (my review)

4) Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel (358 ratings): Why haven’t more people read this book?? I rave about this book whenever I get a chance — a mash-up of Frankenstein and Pride and Prejudice that works perfectly. (my review)

5) Alive in Necropolis by Doug Dorst (933 ratings): I read this book years ago, but remember being charmed by the shenanigans of the ghosts in a California cemetery.

6) Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (1,468 ratings): I can’t for the life of me figure out why more people haven’t read this terrific book and its sequel, The Wild Dead. The world-building and storytelling are amazing. (my review)

7) Miniatures by John Scalzi (1,808 ratings): This collection of short fiction is adorable and highly entertaining. (my review)

8) Unequal Affection by Lara S. Ormiston (1,857 ratings): Yet another Austen-influenced book! This is one of the best riffs off of Pride and Prejudice that I’ve encountered — not a retelling exactly, but a continuation with an alternate ending. What if Elizabeth had accepted Mr. Darcy’s first proposal? This book explores what might have happened, and is a wonderful read. (my review)

9) All the Winters After by Sere Prince Halverson (1,534 ratings): A beautiful story about love, second chances, and survival, set in one of my very favorite places, Alaska. (my review)

10) The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander (1,591 ratings): As I wrote on Goodreads: Weird, wonderful, beautiful, tragic. If you’re wondering how elephants could possibly fit into a story about the “radium girls” tragedy, check out this inventive, powerful novella. (my review)

Have you read any of these? What are your top underrated books?

If you wrote a TTT post this week, please share your link so I can check out your list!

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden gems from my shelves

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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 Hidden Gems in Genre X — but I figured, why limit myself to just one genre? Below are 10 book I’ve read and loved — and which deserve to be read by everyone!

1) I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe: Beautiful, haunting historical fiction set during the Civil War

2) The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi: This is silly, fun sci-fi at its wacky best. You can’t take it too seriously — just buckle in and go along for the ride.

3) Not Me by Michael Lavigne: A powerful, thought-provoking story about identity, forgiveness, and the unforgivable.

4) Deerskin by Robin McKinley: A chilling retelling of a lesser-known fairy tale, definitely not for kids.

5) Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn: This one shows up on my lists a lot. Fun with letters, fun with words! It’s just awesome.

6) The Humans by Matt Haig: Sweetly funny and oddly uplifting, with beautiful writing.

7) The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan: Yes, it’s a dictionary… but it’s also a novel, and it’s both clever and moving.

8) The Jane True series by Nicole Peeler: A supernatural series with a selkie as its star, surrounded by all sorts of unusual supes, lots of humor, and plenty of steaminess too.

9) Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn: A fictional look at the private life of Queen Elizabeth that’s really a great ride.

10) Sailor Twain: Or, The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel: A lovely, haunting graphic novel.

Have you read any of these? What hidden gems are on your list this week?  Please share your TTT link and I’ll drop by for a visit.

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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)

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

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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)

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

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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