Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books!

Happy Tuesday!

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:

 

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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.

 

18242996Gretel 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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

7211922Wintercraft 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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

12735319Heaven 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.”

 

WP_20160509_21_17_37_Pro (3)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?

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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. 🙂

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Favourite Book Chapter Titles

Chapters. They’re quite important. Useful even. I’ve always thought of them as mini book mile stones as I read, like “wow I’m at chapter 10 already? I’m getting somewhere now!”, but that might just be me. I’ve also always appreciated good/interesting chapter titles, none of this boring numbers nonsense thank you very much. So I thought it would fun to pick my favourites and share them with you!
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 10. “Outside In”/”Inside Out” from The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

I like chapters titles that have meaning, or add to the continuity of the overall story, so when I was looking for my Top Ten list and noticed that the first chapter in Part 1 was “Outside In” and the first chapter in Part 2 was “Inside Out” I had a very satisfying I-see-what-you-did-there moment. The book is set in 1680s Amsterdam and involves a creepy miniature doll-house that begins to mirror real life, so the chapter titles are especially appropriate.

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9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien with “Out of the Frying-Pan and into the Fire”. 

I don’t know. It just strikes me as a pleasant, very Hobbit-like way of saying that everything has gone to sh*t.

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8. Starcross by Philip Reeve with “Chapter Twenty-One: We arrive in the depths of futurity and find them chilly and a trifle dark”.

I feel this choice requires no explanation. If you want a fun steam-punk adventure, this series is awesome. Seriously, its space pirates in the Victorian era. SPACE PIRATES!

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7. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor with “A Candle Flame Extinguished with a Scream”.

This chapter title promises so much with how ominous it is and that’s why I’ve added it to my list. To be honest, this trilogy had a lot of great chapter titles, so was difficult to pick just one.

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6. “Can I get there by Candlelight?” from Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Candles again! This book is a favourite of mine. It’s quirky and humorous with a warm heart. I love this title because it just sounds so random and strange, which perfectly captures the overall feeling of the book. Also, I want to travel by candlelight. It seems like an adventure.

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diviners-pb25. “The Green Light” from The Diviners by Libba Bray.

Wanna know where else there’s a green light? The Great Gatsby. You know, that literary classic that everyone associates with the Roaring Twenties, a setting Bray explores beautifully in her Diviners series. Again, another I-see-what-you-did-there moment with this one.

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4. “The Ocean of Tears” from A.G. Howard’s Alice in Wonderland retelling, Splintered.

One of my all time favourite books is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I. Love. It. And I really enjoyed the way Howard weaves the original story throughout her own one, as seen with several of the chapter titles.

Side-note: the overall aesthetic for this book series is brilliant btw. Just look at that cover!

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3. “The Silver Doe” from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling.

Also known as one of my favourite Harry Potter chapters in the whole series. It’s just so good. I love this title because it ties in so well the chapter itself and when you re-read the series knowing that it was Snape’s patronus, which was a mirror of Lily’s patronus, it just makes me want to bawl.

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img_02992. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

Shadowhunter books are always good for interesting chapter titles and Lady Midnight doesn’t disappoint. In fact, if I were ranking these books by quality of chapter titles (which would be a kind of ridiculous way to rank books, but just go with it for now) this one would definitely win. A lot of the titles are quotes from the Edgar Allan Poe poem (poe poem, haha) Annabel Leewhich just ties in so perfectly with the actual storyline it hurts.

I struggled to pick just one, but in the end I went with “The Moon Never Beams Without Bringing Me Dreams”, because its my favourite line from Annabel Lee as well.

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harry_potter_and_the_half-blood_prince1.”The Lightning Struck Tower” from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

I shed so many tears reading this chapter that I cried an OCEAN OF TEARS (sorry, not sorry). The reason I love this chapter title so much is the added meaning it carries. The Tower card in the Tarot deck traditionally depicts a lightning struck tower and it usually symbolises:

“This card follows immediately after The Devil in all Tarots that contain it, and is associated with sudden, disruptive, and potentially destructive change.” (Wikipedia)

Which is so appropriate for the events in the chapter that I can’t deal. Also, when Harry encounters Trelawney earlier in the book she’s carrying her Tarot cards and she mentions the Lighting Struck Tower – the foreshadowing! Now I’m getting all emotional over Dumbledore dying just thinking about it again. Damn you, Rowling.

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Hope you enjoyed my Favourite Chapter Titles. What are your favourite chapter titles? Please let me know in the comments! Go on, I dare you. 🙂

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