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


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


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!

Top Ten Bookish Websites That Aid Teaching!

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 bookish websites and blogs that we visit frequently. I recently mentioned my favourite book blogs, so I’m going to pick bookish websites/blogs that very much help my career as a teacher!

Bookish/Teacher-y websites

  1. Goodreads– If I’m looking for a review of a book, Goodreads is always my favourite place to look.
  2. Books For Topics– This is a newish discovery of mine. I love that it recommends so many books for school topics.
  3. Book Trust– I love the Book Finder on this website and the recommendations!
  4. The Literacy Shed- There are so many wonderful videos, images and picture books to be explored on this website.
  5. Book Wizard– Another brilliant website with some great recommendations!
  6. Amazon- I’m sorry, sometimes books are much cheaper on Amazon, a teacher doesn’t get paid that much!
  7. Ashley Booth’s blog– I’ve loved Ashley’s lists to help pick suitable books.
  8. Pobble 365– Pobble 365 gives a picture every single day. I like using this website for building comprehension.
  9. Innerjay– I’m enjoying this blog from a new, fresh teacher!
  10. MrsPTeach– Mrs P’s blog encouraged me to look at my teaching of reading in a different way.

What bookish websites or blogs do you frequently visit? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with subjects for us to make a list about. This week’s list is the Top Ten things that make your life as a reader/book blogger easier. It took me a while to come up with these things. I think they’re a little bit vague, so I do apologise!

As ever, these are in no particular order.



I don’t know where I’d be without Goodreads. It’s just so easy to keep track of what you want to read, your progress, interact with other goodread members and generally just explore all things bookish. I heart Goodreads.

iPhone notes


I use the notes section of my iPhone to keep track of the dates of the ARCs I need to read. It’s handy because my phone is always with me, so if I need to consult it, it’s always by my side!

Amazon Wishlist


I have a love/hate relationship with my Amazon Wishlist. It’s nice to have all the books I want in an easy list so I can just click that ‘Add To Basket’ button. However, it’s a huge temptation to this book buying addict.



I’m not a huge fan of the Kindle over the physical book. I do love it for the amount it stores, the ease of so many books on holiday or during a commute. There are definitely pros and cons to the Kindle. It makes my life as a book blogger easier because a lot of the ARCs I have been receiving have been e-copies.



I have always been with WordPress, and I find it so easy to use!



I’m forever grateful to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read some amazing books. I find it incredibly easy to use as well, which is always a bonus!

Other Book Bloggers


I’ve found other book bloggers so friendly and helpful. I love interacting with people both on my blog and others. My good friend Luna from Luna’s Little Library has been amazing at helping me dive into the book blogging world.



I really love speaking to book bloggers on twitter and following authors. I’ve become aware of so many books through twitter. I love it! I’m @ChrissiReads if you fancy following me 😉


toptentuesdayWWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

These are the three memes that I am involved in every week. You can click on the images to take you to the brilliant blogs that host them. I’ve found so many good book blogs and book recommendations through taking part in these memes.

Bookish Events

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I’ve only attended two bookish events so far. I absolutely loved Hay Festival. A town of books. Oh yes please!! I was also lucky to attend Random House Children’s Publisher’s Summer Blogger Brunch. I met lovely bloggers at the RHCP event.

So what are your Top Ten things that make your life as a reader/book blogger easier? Feel free to leave your links and I’ll come and check out what you’ve listed. I might even pick up some tips!