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Top 10 Tuesday 19th February

on February 19, 2019

Welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday. Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now lives with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different book-related theme each week. This week we are talking……

Top 10 Favourite Books With Fewer Than 2k Goodreads Ratings

Most of these are probably going to be Australian books, because they make up a large number of the books I read and because sometimes Australian books only have an Australian release, keeping their ratings and review numbers relatively low on Goodreads. If that’s the case, hopefully some of these books are more readily available now or in the future and I’ll try include a few others as well.

  1. Every Word by Ellie Marney (Book #2 in the ‘Every’ trilogy). I love this trilogy and Every Word is actually my favourite of the three because of how sizzling the chemistry is between Rachel and Mycroft. The first book is set in Melbourne but in the second book we travel to London as Mycroft seeks to unravel the mystery of what happened to his parents.
  2. The Nichelle Clarke Crime Mysteries by LynDee Walker. There are like 6-7 of these and none of them have more than 2k ratings on Goodreads. I found them by accident a few years ago when I was binging on cozy mysteries. I’d had a bad month or two and that was all I wanted to read. The first book was free and then I ended up buying the rest. I find them really entertaining and you can find them on any eBook retail platform.
  3. Hate Is Such A Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub. Aussie YA focusing on students at an all-Lebanese, all-Catholic school in Sydney. I love Sophie and Shehadie so much. I really should find the time to re-read this book at some stage.
  4. The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni. Only the first book has more than 2k GR ratings, the rest of the series has well under (and it just finished, so it’s a perfect time to start reading it). This is a YA fantasy series about a young girl sent to boarding school who steps through the doorway into literally another world. There she finds out she’s the lynchpin to save their entire civilisation from a madman who seeks to raze it to the ground. Good stuff.
  5. Chocolate Cake For Breakfast Danielle Hawkins. This is a NZ-set chick lit/women’s fiction/romance type book revolving around a large animal veterinarian at a country practice and a player for the NZ All Blacks, the country’s rugby union team. There’s a strong attraction between them but Helen, the vet, is definitely not WAG material. I love this book, it has one of the funniest sort of meet-cutes I’ve read in ages.
  6. Five Years From Now by Paige Toon. Coming in at 1916 ratings! Just scraping in. I really enjoyed this story about two people who meet every five years, but are torn apart again in different ways, based on the idea that ‘in five years time, you’ll look back on this and understand why it happened’. Really, really good.
  7. The Hunters Ridge Trilogy by Sarah Barrie. Aussie romantic suspense. All three instalments are really good but my favourite is the last, which is set up nicely in the two previous books.
  8. No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani. This is a book written from an asylum seeker currently imprisoned (sorry, detained) under our barbaric policy, on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. The entire book was written in text messages in Farsi on WhatsApp and then translated. It was published here in Australia and recently won two prestigious literary prizes, despite the fact that the author isn’t a citizen, which is generally a prerequisite for entering. The book is amazing and I hope it reaches the world some day.
  9. Burning Lies by Helene Young (book #3 in the ‘Border Watch’ trilogy). This whole trilogy is great but the third one is my favourite. It’s set around a team working for Border Watch who help keep watch along Australia’s vast coastline. In this story, Kaitlyn helps track arsonists from the air and Ryan is deep undercover. This is awesome romantic suspense and there’s something about Australia that is just so suited to this genre.
  10. Terms & Conditions by Robert Glancy. I found this book hilarious – Frank is a lawyer who is in some sort of accident and loses his memory. However he still thinks like the lawyer he was, so this narrative is all in footnotes….the terms and conditions, the finer details. I really enjoyed it.

Okay. This was actually harder than I expected because I didn’t just want to list a bunch of books that it was going to be impossible for anyone not Aussie to find. So there’s a few Aussie books in there but I also tried to include a few others that are more accessible, that are set and originate from elsewhere. And 2k on Goodreads is a really, really low number. There were books that I was sure would have less than that and they’d be like 3.5k. Or 7k! Definitely one of the toughest topics that I think I’ve done, based on how long I spent trawling through my 5-star GR ratings and picking out ones that were under 2k.


29 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 19th February

  1. KliScruggs says:

    There were so many books I considered underrated, yet had more than 2,000 ratings. And there were a lot of books that I’ve seen people talking about, yet had less than 2,000. Just goes to show you what an echo chamber can do!

    • Yes, I had the same problem! Books that I thought would qualify only to discover that were well over the 2k limit. And then I clicked on a few on a whim, expecting them to have more than 2k only to find that they were well under.

  2. Anne Bennett says:

    I’m not familiar with any of these books but I am glad to know a bit more about them. Thanks for the recommendations. Here is my list of good but low-review books on Goodreads

  3. ChrissiReads says:

    I love Paige Toon’s writing, so I’m sad to see it’s under 2,000 ratings. She’s so underrated!

  4. Five Years from Now sounds really sweet. I think most books are available most places if you’re willing to get them from third party vendors. I have Russian, Spanish, and French books I had to have imported like that.

  5. I haven’t heard of any of the books on your list, so thank you for recommending some under appreciated Australian reads!

  6. Louise says:

    I really like the sounds of both The Nichelle Clarke Crime Mysteries and The Medoran Chronicles! I’ll check them out. Thanks!

    My TTT for this week.

  7. lydiaschoch says:

    I’m quite intrigued by No Friend but the Mountains. I’ll have to see if I can find a copy of it here in Canada!

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

  8. Okay, so I have to get a copy of Chocolate Cake for Breakfast, sounds wonderful

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  9. I loved Five Years From Now!

  10. curlygeek04 says:

    One of my challenges this year includes a book from New Zealand. Chocolate Cake for Breakfast looks pretty great. Thanks!

    • Is that the Reading Women Challenge? If so, I’m doing that one too. But I have no idea what to do for that prompt because I’ve read all of Danielle Hawkins’ books so far.

      • curlygeek04 says:

        Yes, Reading Women! I’m thinking about reading Whale Rider – because it fits with the Read Harder challenge too, and it was a great movie.

        For some reason the Reading Women challenge is a book by a Nigerian or New Zealand author… I’ve read tons of great fiction recently by Nigerian authors if that helps!

        • Ooh Whale Rider is a good choice. I think of all the books I’ve looked at for that one (which is kind of weird, Nigerian or NZ, why did they choose those 2 to put together?) they’ve all been Nigerian. You’d think I’d be drowning in NZ choices given I’m right next door.

          • curlygeek04 says:

            Oops, I thought Whale Rider was written by a woman but it’s not. But I guess the books can be by or about women, though I was going to try for all women authors.

            You’re right, I did assume you’d know plenty of books by authors from New Zealand!

            One of my favorite books about New Zealand is The Settling Earth by Rebecca Burns — but I don’t know that she’s from NZ.

  11. Oh I need to continue the Every series, I have the second book but I haven’t read it yet!
    My TTT:

  12. So many books I haven’t heard of until today! But they all sound so good and it makes me sad that they didn’t receive a lot of hype. Thank you for sharing! I’m definitely going to look into them–especially the Every trilogy and Hate Is Such A Strong Word.

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