This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is listing my favourite books that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – you can find out more about this here!
So here are my favourite underrated books on Goodreads, in no particular order:
Rebel/Arrow/Swift/Nomad by R.J. Anderson. This series starts with the book Knife, but that’s the only one that managed to get over 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. I don’t know why – I love this series so much! It’s about faeries living in the modern world and the characters are all fantastic – highly recommend.
Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville. This book reminded me a bit of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s not quite as good (but to be fair that can be said about a lot of books when compared to The Book Thief) but it’s even darker and even more unsettling. It’s set in during both WW2 and late 1800s Vienna, Austria if I remember correctly, and was a really intriguing read.
Louis: Night Salad by Metaphrog. This only has 16 ratings on Goodreads and that is a travesty! It’s a strange but lovely graphic novel about a mole like creature called Louis. The art is beautiful and the story heart warming.
Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw. This is the first book in a Gothic fantasy trilogy. Whilst this isn’t my favourite piece of fantasy out there, it’s still really good and deserves more attention. The setting and characters are simply brilliant – Burtenshaw creates a distinctly ominous and dark atmosphere throughout that reads really well. Extra bonus: All three books in the series are relatively short, which is a surprising trait in a High Fantasy series.
In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin. This is the conclusion to Zevin’s dystopian Birthright trilogy, and it’s fantastic. The character development is wonderful and totally realistic. A great conclusion to an amazing series that deserves a little more love. Warning: Will make you want to eat chocolate.
Heaven by Christoph Marzi. A weird paranormal that I struggle to explain, but enjoyed immensely, so here’s the summary from Goodreads:
“The night that Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood…
David Pettyfer is taking a shortcut over the dark rooftops of London’s brooding houses, when he literally stumbles across Heaven: a strange, beautiful, distraught girl who says that bad men have stolen her heart. Yet she’s still alive… And so begins David and Heaven’s wild, exciting and mysterious adventure—to find Heaven’s heart, and to discover the incredible truth about her origins.”
The Chimes by Anna Smaill. I’ve done a review for this book, which you can read here. It’s a bit weird, but lovely. Which is how I’m describing quite a few of these books. Pattern?
Burn Mark/ Witch Fire by Laura Powell. Witch craft in modern day Britain, where Witch Trials/ burning people at the stake (!!!!) still happen. Also, criminal gangs! Just a really fun, quirky read that deserves more ratings.
Remembrance by Theresa Breslin. A book about four teenagers in Scotland during WW1. It made me cry. A lot. It’s tragic and captures the scale of the war’s impact as it’s consequences ricochet through a small community. I wanted to put this one on the list not only because it’s a really good read, but also because a few days ago marked 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st, one of the most horrific battles of WW1. It just felt appropriate.
The Road of Bones by Anne Fine. Another dark book about war and human brutality – I read this when I was about twelve, so my memory of it’s a bit foggy, but I do remember being shocked and unsettled by it’s depiction of main character Yuri’s hardships.
Summary from Goodreads: “Told who to cheer for, who to believe in, Yuri grows up in a country where no freedom of thought is encouraged – where even one’s neighbours are encouraged to report any dissension to the authorities. But it is still a shock when a few careless words lead him to a virtual death-sentence – sent on a nightmare journey up north to a camp amidst the frozen wastes. What, or who, can he possibly believe in now? Can he even survive? And is escape possible … ?”
What are your favourite underrated books? Please let me know! Do you want them to stay a little underrated? Personally, I feel that the books on this list deserve more attention/reads for the authors’ sake, but there is something nice about the fact they’re like little secret treasures. 🙂