Top Ten Lesser-Known Books

I think I’ve done a similar topic to this in the past, but since these lesser-known books get so little attention, I don’t mind spotlighting them again. The full topic for today’s list is “books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads,” and my most-rated book on the list clocks in with only 1128 ratings. Here’s my list** from fewest ratings to most:

Players in a Game by Dale Wasserman (2) – I read this play in high school and fell completely in love. I wish more people read this and plays in general.

Native by Mona Kuhn (9) – Ditto really good photography books, like this one.

Wine Isn’t Rocket Science by Ophelie Neiman (54) – This was one of my favorite books of 2017. All about wine without getting too stuffy or technical, in graphic novel format.

Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton (112) – Really?? Because this book is SOOOOOO good, one of my favorites ever! A beautiful love story with really heavy roots in two different British cultures. (Note: Thornton’s The Tapestry of Love also clocks in with only 246 ratings, which is another travesty!)

Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover (331) – This is a strange book and it wasn’t marketed widely, but still, it’s really good and I highly recommend it.

Nekropolis by Maureen McHugh (471) – Ditto Firstborn. Now if only I could get my hands on a physical copy of this book for my personal library!

The Elusive Elixer by Gigi Pandian (578) – A cute cozy fantasy mystery that I got off Audible originally for like $3 or something. The whole series is fun and I hope there are more books to come.

Around the World in 80 Diets by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio (788) – Nonfiction, photography, and an interesting cross-cultural look at food…why aren’t more people picking this one up??

The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill (1116) – I have to say that this one came as a complete surprise and makes me wonder if Goodreads was having trouble with their rating system when I sorted my books. Lauren Morrill is a fairly popular YA novelist with a fairly large following as far as I can tell, and this book was excellent. It’s possible it doesn’t really belong on this list because I have a feeling it really has more than the 1116 ratings Goodreads showed me…

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (1128) – I just read this one last month! It’s a good one and I hope that the number of readers continues to climb since it’s relatively new!

**Excluded from the list: second titles by the same author, sequels of books that had many ratings (since sequels usually don’t have as many as the first), children’s picture books (not a lot of ratings for those on GR), and classics that have many editions with different ratings plus they’re classics and don’t really need a lot of spotlighting!


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

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4 Responses to Top Ten Lesser-Known Books

  1. Around the World in 80 Diets is completely new to me, and I’m a huge fan of the author’s earlier book, Material World. You must look for Material World if you don’t know it.

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  2. lydiaschoch says:

    I LOVE photography books, so I’ll definitely be checking out Native.

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

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  3. Trupti says:

    ive only read Crossed Wires out of all these. But they all seem great

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  4. curlygeek04 says:

    I’m very interested in the wine book. My husband and I love wine, and we’ve learned a lot about it – but I’d love a book that doesn’t take it too seriously.

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