Ten Books I LOVED With Fewer Than 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about those hidden gems. The books we loved but that aren’t rated that highly on the wonderful website that is Goodreads. Here are mine!

These ratings are accurate for the time in which I scheduled this post!

1,466 Ratings

Bird

Oh, this is a beautiful and unique read. I wish more people would read it!

1,596 Ratings

The Wrong Boy

Another gem that I think should be read more widely. It’s a WWII book that I think has gone under the radar. It’s incredible.

223 Ratings

The Quietness

How can this book have not even 1000 ratings? It’s such a wonderful piece of YA historical fiction. I adored it.

427 Ratings

Jasmyn

You may know Alex’s name from Frozen Charlotte and The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club – both wonderful books but this fantasy adult fiction is still worth a read! 🙂

367 Ratings

Cross My Heart

Argh! Another wonderful WWII read that deserves to be read! This one broke my heart.

1,233 Ratings

A Kiss in the Dark

I really enjoyed this book from Cat Clarke. If you’re into deeper YA then I’d pick this one up!

130 Ratings

The Madness

This makes me sad. Less than 200 ratings for a wonderfully written book!

548 Ratings

Boy In The Tower

This book absolutely gripped me and I still think of it four years after reading it! 🙂

1685 Ratings

The Last Leaves Falling

This book is truly moving and has its space on my favourites!

289 Ratings

Indigo Donut

Another favourite of mine! I really enjoy Patrice Lawrence’s writing. Highly recommended!

Let me know about your favourite low-rated books on Goodreads!

Ten Book Recommendations If You Want To Read Books Involving Mental Health

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s topic has been super tricky for me. I decided to put my own spin on the topic and suggest some books to read if you want to read some books involving mental health/illness. I know if elements of these books were added to each other it would make one hell of a book representing mental illness!

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1)

I love Holly Bourne’s writing. Her characters are very relatable!

The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope

I really enjoyed this book which was a memoir. I do enjoy reading memoirs of mental health because they are so raw.

Reasons to Stay Alive

Another raw and real take on mental health. I can’t wait to read Notes On A Nervous Planet from Matt too.

My Heart and Other Black Holes

Some moments in this story really hit home for me. A wonderful read.

Belzhar

This is unique! I loved reading this story.

Undone

The ending of this book blew me away!

Lighter Than My Shadow

A graphic novel that shows Katie’s journey through dealing with her eating disorder.

Perfect Escape

I loved how this book portrayed the effect OCD can have on others around those with the disorder.

Highly Illogical Behavior

I adored this book! Totally relatable characters.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Another non-fiction. For me, a book that involves mental health should have an element of realness in order to relate to it. All too often, books around mental health have an instant ‘fix’ and that’s not even a possibility… it makes my blood boil.

Please leave me a link to your Top Ten post this week. I can’t wait to see how you tackled the prompt!

 

We Are Young

We Are Young

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

On the same night Evan’s mother marries local radio DJ ‘Breakfast Tim’, Evan’s brand-new step-brother Lewis is found unconscious and terribly injured, the only survivor of a horrific car crash.

A media furore erupts, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at stoner, loner Lewis. Everyone else seems to think the crash was drugs-related, but Evan isn’t buying it. With the help of her journalist father, Harry, she decides to find out what really happened that night.

As Evan delves deeper into the lives of the three teenagers who died in the crash, she uncovers some disturbing truths and a secret that threatens to tear her family – and the community – apart for ever…

Thoughts:

I really enjoy Cat Clarke’s writing, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. I always really appreciate when authors include mental health and this story has it in abundance and deals with it very well. It’s not my favourite Cat Clarke book, but it was very enjoyable nevertheless and incredibly easy to read despite its subject matter.

It starts with Evan and Billy attending their mum’s wedding to radio presenter Tim. Although, they’re not looking forward to the wedding, they never anticipate how the night will end up. Their new stepbrother, Lewis, has been in car crash. He was in the car with strangers and is left in intensive care with some very serious injuries. Evan is determined to find out what exactly happened to Lewis. Why was he in a car with strangers?

Cat’s writing is incredibly addictive. I couldn’t help but turn the pages eager to find out what was going to happen. I loved the mysterious elements of the story. Evan was a fabulous character who I immediately warmed to. I felt she was an incredibly realistic character that many young adults will be able to relate to.

I do feel like Cat Clarke’s books are a lot darker than you first might expect. There’s so many different issues in this book and they’re all dealt with incredibly well. I loved how the main focus of the story was about mental health in young adults. It really highlighted the dangers of not getting help or speaking out about your problems.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another wonderful read from Cat Clarke!

This Week In Books #109

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Poet X The Good Twin We Are Young

NOWThe Poet XElizabeth Acevedo– I’m starting this book today. I don’t know much about it, but I was gripped by the synopsis so requested it!

THENThe Good Twin Marti Green– This was a gripping thriller! I hope to have a review out later this month!

NEXTWe Are YoungCat Clarke– I love Cat Clarke’s writing, so I’m excited to see what this book is like!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a post that you do!

Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR List (May)

April flew by for me! I had some hit and misses with my April TBR. Two of my ARCs weren’t that great. I’m hoping for better luck with it.

Here’s my tentative TBR list for May! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting!

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

The Good Twin- Marti Green

The Good Twin

Goodreads Synopsis:

Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns something astonishing about her past: she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed.

Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her.

It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes.

But as their devious plan falls into place, piece by piece, Mallory learns more about her sister and herself than she ever meant to—a discovery that comes with an unexpected twist. A chilling deception is about to become a dangerous double cross. And it’s going to change the rules of Ben and Mallory’s game to the very end.

I have heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’m excited to read it!

We Are Young- Cat Clarke

We Are Young

Goodreads Synopsis:

On the same night Evan’s mother marries local radio DJ ‘Breakfast Tim’, Evan’s brand-new step-brother Lewis is found unconscious and terribly injured, the only survivor of a horrific car crash.

A media furore erupts, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at stoner, loner Lewis. Everyone else seems to think the crash was drugs-related, but Evan isn’t buying it. With the help of her journalist father, Harry, she decides to find out what really happened that night.

As Evan delves deeper into the lives of the three teenagers who died in the crash, she uncovers some disturbing truths and a secret that threatens to tear her family – and the community – apart for ever…

I’m very much looking forward to this book! I love Cat Clarke’s writing!

Poet X-Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

Goodreads Synopsis:

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

I’m totally intrigued by this one!

The Wildflowers- Harriet Evans

The Wildflowers

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative … adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea – the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him … it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

I am reading this book with my sister, Beth, for our Talking About feature. It looks good!

The Wide Window- Lemony Snicket

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted; but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all. If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair. I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

We are reading this book as the kid-lit choice for this month! 🙂 I never read the Lemony Snicket books when I was younger so it’s interesting to read it now!

Blood and Chocolate- Annette Curtis Klause

Blood and Chocolate

Goodreads Synopsis:

Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?

Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.

Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really—human or beast? Which tastes sweeter—blood or chocolate?

I am so intrigued to find out why this book was on the Banned Books list. It doesn’t look like something I’d pick up myself, but I’ll see!

What are you reading in the month of May? Feel free to leave a link to a post that you’ll do and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books That I Loved But Won’t Reread

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books that we enjoyed but we don’t see ourselves re-reading. I have quite a few of these in mind! In no particular order, here are my choices. Book images go to Goodreads!

Wideacre- Philippa Gregory

Wideacre  (The Wideacre Trilogy, #1)

This is almost like a period drama! I thought it was fabulous at the time but don’t see myself reading it again.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

Loved this book! It gripped me, yet I don’t see myself reading it again!

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

Boy In The Tower

A very unique read. I enjoyed it but wouldn’t rush to re-read it!

The One Plus One- Jojo Moyes
The One Plus One

This was a very charming read. I rated it highly but wouldn’t necessarily rush back to it. I’m not a big re-reader.

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

Cat Clarke is such a great writer. Her books always grip me.

Half Bad- Sally Green

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

I loved the first book in the series, but I didn’t get on with the sequel. Therefore I wouldn’t reread it!

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

I absolutely loved this book. I just don’t have time to reread it!

Golden Boy- Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

I loved this but I wouldn’t want to put myself through it again! It’s intense!

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I loved this book but it’s not an all time favourite. It is incredible though!

These Broken Stars- Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

I don’t intend to continue with this series, so I won’t reread this again.

What books have you loved but don’t want to reread? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #188

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

This week it’s been my biggest book haul for a while! Oops. I was approved for quite a few books on NetGalley and I bought some books on pay day! 😉 Naughty me!

NetGalley

A Thousand Perfect Notes

I have had this book pre-ordered for quite some time now. When I was approved to read it, I was a very happy Chrissi. I have heard great things about this book already!

We Are Young

I absolutely adore Cat Clarke’s writing. I love how dark it is and how it covers important issues. Looking forward to this one!

Little Liar

I was intrigued by this book’s synopsis. It sounded like it might have a Pretty Little Liars vibe. I do see it’s rated low on Goodreads, but I’m happy to give it a go and make my own mind up! After all, it’s only got 2 ratings so far.

The Liar's Room

I really enjoyed The House by Simon Lelic. This book sounds like a fabulous thriller.

The List of Real Things

I have read Sarah Moore Fitzgerald before. I thought this book sounded like a fantastic middle grade read.

Bought

The Visitor

I have heard so many blogging friends talking about this book. I couldn’t resist!

RoseBlood

I absolutely love the covers that A.G Howard is blessed with. This is influenced by The Phantom Of The Opera, as you may guess by the cover!

Almost Love

Louise O’Neill’s writing is bloomin’ brilliant. Can’t wait to read this one.

The Girl of Ink and Stars

I have high hopes for this book which I’m reading at the end of the month as part of my kid lit challenge with my sister, Beth!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂