Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic was really surprising for me! I never really use Goodreads (which I won’t get into right now), and when I do, I never really look at how many ratings a book has. The fact that some of these books have less than 2000 ratings blew me away!

1. Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander (1,251 ratings)

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I LOVED this book! It was an incredibly romantic and moving story that also managed to have a beautiful math motif. The fact that this book has so few ratings kills me! My review here.

2. Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig (446 ratings)

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Chuck Wendig is an amazing person, people. You should definitely read his blog, Terrible Minds, and you should even more definitely read some of his amazing books! Atlanta Burns is his (clearly underappreciated) YA novel, but his Miriam Black series is also deserving of more love. My review here.

3. Going Underground by Susan Vaught (637 ratings)

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AHHHHH!!! I love this book SO MUCH. It is the perfect combination of important social commentary and sweet, amazing romance. You will fall in love with the characters and you won’t be able to forget their stories. I know I couldn’t.

4. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer (1,983 ratings)

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I read this book a while ago and remember being completely entertained by it. The characters and the premise were exciting, and I was completely sucked in to the story.

5. Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi (997 ratings)

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Again, this is a book I read a while ago, so I don’t remember specifics, but I remember being drawn in by a relatable protagonist with extremely relatable emotions.

6. The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella (281 ratings)

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Okay, so I haven’t read this book yet, but my sister swears by it. She was captivated by the story and the characters and has been pushing me to read it ever since she finished it.

7. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez (725 ratings)

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This book was HEARTBREAKING. It touched on incredibly important issues of sexism and racism with painful realism, all while capturing the reader in a historical setting. My review here.

8. Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (1,505 ratings)

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Elizabeth Wein’s book Code Name Verity has over 52,000 ratings, while this one has under 2000?!?! Both stories have beautifully drawn characters whose stories bring history to life while breaking (and then mending) your heart. My review here.

9. Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt (323 ratings)

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Another book that touches on racism, though in the present day. This book focuses on the modern issue of illegal immigration in America, putting a human face on the suffering of undocumented immigrants while also commenting on other issues our society faces today. My review here.

10. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (1,735 ratings)

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I didn’t go crazy for this book, I’ll admit, but the writing and the world building were absolutely gorgeous. My review here.

Have you read any of these books? What books have you loved that are underappreciated?

Happy Tuesday!

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

    • Lol, the constant bookworm problem…
      I loved this week’s topic because I feel like as book bloggers we end up talking about the same books a lot, but we all have a few personal favorites that (apparently) other people haven’t read. I was shocked to find that some authors who I would consider really influential in my life simply aren’t on other people’s radars.

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  2. I haven’t read any of these books but I have heard of Vigilante Poets, Dream Things True, and Weight of Feathers! I think I’m most interested in reading DTT because I haven’t read that many books that focus on immigration and it’s definitely an important topic.

    Thanks for stopping by Princessica of Books!

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