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!

Advertisements

Top Ten Books Set in World War II

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list I decided to pick the first ten books that came to mind when I thought of World War II historical fiction. I love historical fiction and World War II has always fascinated me. There are books that I love that aren’t on this list, but here are the ten that immediately came to mind…

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads…)

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

I have so much love for this book. I know it divides a lot of readers, but I really do think it’s incredible. I think it’s a challenging read but an important one.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

I picked up this book totally by accident in a book store near my sister’s old house. I absolutely devoured this story. It broke my heart.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Some might find this book to be overrated but I think it’s wonderful. Another heart-breaker that’s for sure.

The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

This book is set in Russia in the 1940s. I love this trilogy and whilst it is quite a hefty read I think it’s totally worth it. There’s such a beautiful romance at the heart of it even if there’s a lot of er.. intimate moments within the story.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

This is another book that I came across quite randomly. I really enjoyed it and its sequel as well. I thought it was stand-out in a very populated genre.

The Wrong Boy-  Suzy Zail

The Wrong Boy

I absolutely adored this book which features a Jewish girl named Hanna being sent to Auschwitz with her familt. Hanna plays piano for the camp commander and falls in love with the wrong boy…

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

Another book I adored. I absolutely love when books in this genre are a little different and I found this book to be quite a powerful reminder of woman’s roles in the war.

Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet- Jamie Ford

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I know that this book has got really mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was a beautiful read. The plot does have a few flaws, but other than that I have nothing bad to say about it and I’d still highly recommend it.

Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

I adored this book which, again, I didn’t expect to read or enjoy as much as I did. It’s centres around 15 year old Nicole as she watches Belgium be invaded by the Nazis. Nicole joins the Belgian resistance. Such a powerful book.

The Girl In The Blue Coat- Monica Hesse

The Girl in the Blue Coat

I read this book in August and immediately knew it would make a list like this. It’s a wonderful albeit sad story about a ordinary girl making courageous choices.

What did you do for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books To Read If You Like The Book Thief

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books To Read If You Like… a certain author/a super popular book. At first I struggled with this topic, but then I decided to go for a book that I loved, but don’t really mention much- The Book Thief.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

These books aren’t necessarily about the same thing as The Book Thief (although some are). They are just books I’d recommend for those that enjoyed The Book Thief.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

Sarah’s Key is a story set in Paris in 1942. It’s a super emotional read. The narrative jumps around in time, but it’s fantastic and so gripping.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Another emotional, heart-wrenching read, this one set in Berlin in 1942. I’m pretty sure most of you know of this book!

The Wrong Boy- Suzy Zail

The Wrong Boy

This is a story about a Jewish girl who is sent to Auschwitz and falls in love with a German boy.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

A great story about ‘Uncle’ Dolf. This is a duology and the follow up is just as good!

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

A powerful, emotional read.

Cross My Heart (and hope to live)- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. It’s set in Brussels in 1940. An incredible book.

Jasmine Nights- Julia Gregson

Jasmine Nights

This book is set in 1942. It’s a love story, beautifully written.

Songs of Willow Frost- Jamie Ford
Songs of Willow Frost

This is set during the Great Depression in the 1920s. Jamie Ford is a great writer.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

This is one of my favourite books of all time. It deals with tough subjects in such a beautifully written way.

I Am The Messenger- Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger

If you liked Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, then why not try more of his work. I enjoyed this book, it’s confusing though!

What books have you suggested this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten lists and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Books I Read In 2014. Ooh, this is going to be a tricky list, but with the help of Goodreads, I’m sure I can find books I’ve rated 5 stars this year! There are so much more than 10 amazing reads, but here are 10 of my favourites…So here goes…

Click on the book title underneath the images for the Goodreads page!

20751439 18667452 20554067 18482292 13260749 untitled 15789443 8621462 13188676 10194157

The Girl Who Walked On Air Emma Carroll– I thought this was a beautiful book. It’s great for middle grade but also extends nicely to adult readers looking for a magical, fantastical read.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blackman– This was an unexpected gem. I didn’t know much about the book until I requested it on Bookbridgr. I absolutely loved it and I’m eagerly anticipating beginning the next one!

Golden BoyAbigail Tarttelin– This probably comes as no surprise to regular readers of my blog. I include this book wherever I can as I thought it was a stunning, yet brutal read. I can’t recommend this book enough!

The MadnessAlison Rattle- Alison can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve adored her books. They really capture my attention.

BirdCrystal Chan– This was another gem of the year. It was a wonderful book which I highly recommend!

The Wrong BoySuzy Zail- I think this book should be much more widely read. It’s stunning and emotional!

Something Real Heather Demetrios– Oh yes, this book appears on a Top Ten list again. Have I convinced you to read it yet?

A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I may be very behind in reading this book, but I’m so glad I took the time to read it. It’s incredibly emotional, but well worth reading.

Ignite MeTahereh Mafi– I loved the conclusion to the Shatter Me trilogy, so it has to be featured on my top ten for 2014!

Shadow and BoneLeigh Bardugo– I can’t mention a top ten books of the year without mentioning the wonderful Leigh Bardugo. I powered through The Grisha Trilogy in the space of a few months. I loved it!

What are your Top Ten Reads of 2014? Do we share any? Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Underrated Authors

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in any given genre. I found this list really hard to complete so I thought I’d talk about ten underrated authors in a range of genres.

Click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

HISTORICAL

Alison Rattle

1603824718482292

I have read two brilliant books by Alison Rattle. The Quietness and The Madness. Alison’s books fit into the historical/YA category. They’re so well written and evocative.

Suzy Zail

untitled

I read The Wrong Boy earlier this year and I was absolutely blown away. A beautiful book that’s so well written. If you’re interested in the Holocaust then definitely check out this little gem.

Anne Blankman

18667452

Here’s another historical/war story. Prisoner of Night and Fog was something different to anything else I’ve read in the genre. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

THRILLER

Paula Daly

1607179020502236

Paula Daly is another author that I’ve read two brilliant thrillers from. These were Just What Kind Of Mother Are You and Keep Your Friends Close. I loved them both. They’re pieces of adult fiction, but definitely ones that young adults could enjoy as well.

Kate Karyus Quinn

 1266581918599667

Even though I know quite a few people that have read Another Little Piece and (Don’t You) Forget About Me, I’d love more people to read them. I realise that this author is very unique and her books can be a little confusing, but I LOVE them!

MIDDLE GRADE

Crystal Chan

13260749

Bird is an absolutely beautiful book which I devoured. The writing is stunning. I don’t want to say too much about it. Just read it!

Candy Gourlay

13121678

Another very unique middle grade read that I think should be read more widely.

DYSTOPIAN

Helen Hiorns

18213013

Helen’s debut The Name On Your Wrist really impressed me and I can’t wait to read more from this talented young author!

NEW ADULT

Jessica Park

1732514711096647

I enjoyed Left Drowning but I absolutely adored Flat Out Love and I’m looking forward to reading Flat Out Matt and Flat Out Celeste too. I don’t often read New Adult, but I do like Jessica Park’s writing.

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY

Alexia Casale

16116963

The Bone Dragon is a beautiful book that I think a lot more people should be reading and talking about!

Who are your ten underrated authors? Let me know in the comments or feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

bingo2

I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

The Wrong Boy

untitled

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Hanna is a talented pianist, and the protected second daughter of middle class Hungarian Jews. Relatively late in World War II the Budapest Jews were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz. Hanna and her mother and sister are separated from her father. Her mother becomes increasingly mentally ill until she too is taken away somewhere. Her sister Erika is slowly starving to death. Hanna is quite a naïve 15-year-old but when presented with the opportunity to play piano for the camp commander, she is desperate to be chosen. She goes each day under guard to the commander’s house and stands waiting in case the commander should want some music. Also living in the house is the commander’s son, Karl. A handsome young man who seems completely disengaged from what is happening around him. Hanna hates him as he sits drawing in the music room. But the longer Hanna goes to the house, the more she realizes there are other things going on. Secret things. Karl may not be the person she thinks he is. Before she knows it she has fallen in love with the wrong boy.

Thoughts:

I’ve always had somewhat of an interest in the Second World War and especially the Holocaust. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like it’s around a lot more in young adult fiction. This is a good thing in my eyes! I feel in some way that The Wrong Boy has been lost in many 2014 releases. It should definitely be read more widely. It’s such a touching read. It’s not an easy read, of course it won’t be, but it’s one of the best fictional accounts of the Holocaust that I’ve read.

Given the title of this book, I really expected The Wrong Boy to be a romance set in the Second World War. There is romance involved in The Wrong Boy, but it’s certainly not in the forefront, so please don’t be put off, if you’re avoiding this book because of a potential romance! I found The Wrong Boy to be absolutely gripping and emotional.

The Wrong Boy is brutal with its presentation of the Holocaust. I really surprised when an author can still shock me with the way Jews were treated in the concentration camps. It sickens me. Suzy Zail’s writing just confirmed to me how much I despise the way Jews were treated and how much I hope nothing like the Holocaust happens again in the future. It’s so sad that it did happen.

The Wrong Boy does include fictional characters, yet they feel so real. Our protagonist Hanna, is an amazingly strong character. She cares for her mother and her sister after their father has been separated from them. Hanna goes through tough times, just like her family, but she never lets it get her down and is determined to provide for her family, even putting them before herself. I loved how selfless Hanna was. If she took a bit of food, it would be for her family. Every scrap of clothing, would be shared with her family. She was just so caring. Hanna plays the piano for the Commander in the camp, so she is somewhat treated ‘better’ than the rest of the camp. Hanna gets the opportunity to play piano for the camp’s Commander. She does so because she believes it will help her family to survive. I think this took great courage on Hanna’s part. Again, displaying her selflessness.

After I had finished the story (feeling incredibly moved) I learned that Suzy Zail’s father was a survivor of the Holocaust. With this knowledge, I can’t believe how hard it must have been for Suzy to write this book. Her writing is incredibly powerful, and knowing that part of that history is so close to her heart, makes even more of an impact on me. I obviously can’t comment on how accurate her portrayal was, but as Suzy believes if people are writing about it, then hopefully it will never be repeated again.

I’m so glad that I got to know about this book, because it is already one of my favourites of the year. I think it’s incredibly emotional, but an important read. I think anyone with an interest in the Holocaust would devour this well-written, touching book.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!