Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This weeks topic is one I am super excited about, as not only do I get to share with you some of my favourite underrated books, but I also get to discover other people’s hidden gems! I feel like so much of my reading is influenced by the books I hear others talk about and recommend that I rarely find a lesser-known story to fall in love with all by myself. Due to this, I actually changed this weeks topic slightly to books with less than 5000 ratings rather than 2000 ratings on Goodreads, as otherwise I would only be talking about a couple of books!
So here are eight books that I loved with less than 5000 ratings on Goodreads!
This was one of my favourite books of last year, and yet it has less than a 1000 ratings on Goodreads?! This is such a gorgeous contemporary story with an insanely unique and inspiring protagonist in the form of Alvie, good diversity and a writing style and plot that will draw you in from the start.
Despite Cait being an extremely popular book blogger, as well as this being a beautiful book in its own right, her debut is nowhere near as popular as it should be! Everything from her beautiful writing style to the gorgeously well written contrast of humour and much more serious topics was so well done that I can’t believe more people have not fallen in love with this heart-breaking read yet.
The only reason I heard of this historical fantasy was through other people talking about it, and yet it still has less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. As someone who is insanely familiar with the story of Guy Fawkes (my birthday is actually on Bonfire Night!), I loved diving into this re-imagining of this historical tale in this fun and addictive story that I can’t wait for more people to discover for themselves.
This became my new favourite thriller when I read it last September, and so its a given that I would love for more people to fall in love with this tale of deception and privilege that keeps the twists coming till the very last page. It is perfect for anyone looking for a fast paced story that will constantly keep you guessing, even if, like me, thrillers and mysteries are normally not your thing.
The concept for this story, following five teens as they all switch burdens after a night around a campfire, was one that instantly drew me in when I discovered it a few years ago, and I can’t believe that more people have not been intrigued by this unique contemporary. It is such an interesting tale that teaches us to not compare our struggles to others and one I would highly recommend to anyone even slightly interested in it.
Its been way too long since I talked about a Tommy Wallach book, especially his sophomore novel that gets nowhere near as much love as it should in comparison to his debut. This is just as touching and heart-breaking novel as We All Looked Up, with his gorgeous writing style instantly enveloping you in this contemporary story that I would love for more people to read.
A Les Miserable retelling following Eponine is something I never knew I needed until I discovered this book that I absolutely flew through a few years ago. It is such a perfect read for anyone who is a fan of the musical and original story, and is such an interesting take on a classic that I really hope more people discover.
Finally, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to talk about one of my favourite books that I will never stop recommending to people, especially because it is still so underrated! Its such a beautiful story that not only has one of the most unique concepts I’ve ever read about, but also delves into so many different issues and historical discussions including race, sexuality and learning difficulties.
What books did you love that have under 5000 ratings on Goodreads? What is one book that you wish more people knew about or had read? Have you read any of these – what did you think?