Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together
Happy Tuesday y’all! This week’s topic is “Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books.” As much as I love books, I really haven’t done anything outrageous for them. Well….unless skipping sleep to read counts that is 😉 SO I’m changing things up this week and doing a topic I missed in February: “Top Ten Books I Loved with Under 2000 Ratings on Goodreads.” I’ve done topics similar to this in the past: my top ten underrated books on goodreads, a 2016 hidden gems, and another hidden gem post. I read a lot of indie authors so I have a lot of books with under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. Here are my top ten books* that I rated 5 stars with under 50 ratings, in order by number of ratings. As always, covers/titles link to Blog/Goodreads/Amazon(aff).
*Note: I excluded books under 100 pages for this post.
Top Ten Books I Loved with Under 50 Goodreads Ratings
Futureless by K.J. Draeghan (5): This was my pick for 2014’s Hidden Gem and it is still one of my favorite fantasies. It’s unique, with a large fully fleshed out cast. Currently (and sadly) it is off the market. The author posted on her Facebook page that she is completing the trilogy and plans to rerelease it when done. *crossing my fingers*
Taste by Juliet Madison (20): I have really enjoyed this series about a 5 sisters who share a psychic ability. Each sister has a different sense and when they get a vision, they have to piece everything together based on the sisters’ unique abilities. It is appropriate for older YA and is a cross between mystery/romance/suspense genres with a little paranormal thrown in.
Killing Time by Ingrid Nickelsen (21): I love this unique series!! It is about the afterlife and follows one young woman. It’s an interesting piece of fantasy that truly has me hooked. Unfortunately it’s currently not on the market and it doesn’t look like the author has plans to finish it which makes me sad 🙁
Beauty’s Gift by C.S. Johnson (27): If you enjoy fairy tale retellings, you have to read Johnson’s Once Upon a Princess saga. It is fantastic! It’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling with a medieval flair. I love it!
Sparks by Ashley C. Harris (30): Think X-Men in a YA setting and you’ve got Harris’s Shock Me series. I love Donna and her friends. Donna is just coming into her powers and really has no clue how to control them. Add in the fact that her former best friend and crush turns into a limb-ripping monster and you’ve got a suspenseful, hold-your-breath read.
Strain of Vengeance by Michelle Bryan (34): What can I say about this particular book?! I LOVE it!! I’ve read it more than once, and the series as a whole is fantastic. The best way I can think to describe it is a mashup of Walking Dead – Aliens – Predators. Quite the read!
Tim Cratchit’s Christmas Carol by Jim Piecuch (36): I love classic reads like Dicken’s Christmas Carol. This particular book is a sequel of sorts and follows Tiny Tim as an adult. It’s a sweet read and perfect for the holidays.
The Codex: An Angel’s Guide to Seducing a Human by Joe Duck (38): By far, this is the funniest book I’ve ever read. I push this on anyone that asks me for a funny story. Y’all if you like fantasy and enjoy a good satire, this is it. It is laugh-out-loud funny, like tears rolling down your cheeks funny. In fact writing all this just makes me want to read it again.
Your Soul to Take by Sean Hayden (41): This is an interesting series full of dry humor. You know the kind you aren’t really sure you should be laughing but you do anyways. I think the first line of the blurb speaks for itself: “You know your life sucks when your sister’s a vampire, you’re a demon, and your girlfriend is literally an angel.” This is the second book and left me wanting more. *crossing my fingers* Hoping the author will continue the series….
Redemption’s Kiss by Christine Fonseca (41): Since I read this book, the title has changed so when I was looking at my read shelf on Goodreads I was a little confused. However this is the last book in the Requiem series. This was my first angel vs demon book. I found that I loved it and it spurred me to read more in the same subgenre of fantasy.
Your Turn! What books have you loved that are underrated on Goodreads? Share below 💋