Monday, July 4, 2016

Top Ten "Underrated" Books (Top Ten Tuesday #5)

Via The Broke and Bookish:

Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (we've done underrated books a bunch of times in the past 6 years but thanks to Lenore at Celebrity Readers for suggesting this topic as a new way to talk about underrated books especially when underrated is subjective. An easy way to find this -- go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren't a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads? Or if that's too hard you can spin it some other way!

Inside Las Vegas by Mario Puzo (111 ratings) : nonfiction, about gambling and people who never lose hope

Orvis by Helen Mary Hoover (145 ratings) : middle grade/YA, in which two children and an obsolete robot go off on an adventure

It was snowing butterflies by Charles Darwin (205 ratings) : Penguin Little Black Classic, nonfiction, about Darwin's voyage on the Beagle

A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs by Ellis Peters (382 ratings) : an old-fashioned mystery with an excellent title

George and Sam by Charlotte Moore (433 ratings) : nonfiction, a mother writing about life with her two autistic sons

The Complete Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby (787 ratings) : Nick Hornby talks about what he's reading 

How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay by Julia Alvarez (1145 ratings) : middle grade/YA , connected to How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and to Yo!, just as delightful

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay (1257 ratings) : middle grade/YA, about a Filipino boy who joins his mother's new family in the United Kingdom and leaves behind a barrio filled with superstition and mythology 

Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst by Lois Lowry (1788 ratings) : middle grade, in which Anastasia Krupnik has conversations with Freud

Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz  (1920 ratings) : middle grade, nonfiction, an American girl growing up in China, this was one of my favorites growing up


  1. This has nothing to do with the TTT this week, as I haven't read any of the books you have listed, but I did want to say how taken I am with your blog! The title of it drew me in, and I went through several of your older posts and I just wanted to say I really like your blog :) I couldn't find a way to follow it, but hopefully I'll see more of your TTT posts on B&B :)

    My TTT.

  2. I'll have to look for that Lois Lowry book. :)

    Check out my TTT and my current international giveaway.

  3. From your list, I've only read Tall Story and I always recommend it to middle grade readers too! I've also read Shine by the same author but I didn't like it as much as Tall Story.

  4. hello! i saw your comment on chachic's blog about wanting to read choco chip hips. the good news is it will be published by visprint, and will be out in bookstores this year. thank you!

    1. That's great!! I'll be sure to keep an eye out. Thanks! :)


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