Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week I’m featuring ten books with less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads that I enjoyed. For this list, I excluded books that are only available in Australia and books that were first released within the last three months because I wanted to feature books that are truly underrated. I chose books that I rated 4 stars or above as well.
1. A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty (51 ratings)
This is actually an Aussie YA novel but it’s available around the world too so I’ve included it on this list. A Tangle of Gold is actually the third and final book of The Colours of Madeleine trilogy by Jaclyn Moriarty. It’s a wonderful and magical series and this book wraps it all up neatly!
2. Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali (356 ratings)
I love all WWII historical fiction novels and this one was no exception. It was unique and emotional and I couldn’t have asked for a better WWII YA novel.
3. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry (556 ratings)
I had some major reservations about this one when I first started the book. The writing style was hard to get into but when I got used to it, it was absolutely amazing. I cried so much while reading this and I really recommend it if you’re looking for a book set in Medieval Europe.
4. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (1136 ratings)
This book is one of my new favourites. It’s set in Alaska in 1970 and follows four different perspectives. I thought it was so well written, full of rich description and this one also made me cry bucketloads.
5. The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold (1404 ratings)
I read this book back in 2012. It was a book that I picked up because the cover was so beautiful. It’s follows an elderly woman and what she gets up to day to day. I don’t really know why I enjoyed it so much but there was a wonderful message about living life to its fullest potential.
6. The Next Together by Lauren James (1458 ratings)
This was a book that I enjoyed probably more than I should have. It’s about reincarnation and love that transcends time. There were some faults with it but it was a really enjoyable read.
7. A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman (1687 ratings)
This is a WWI historical fiction novel with magical realism. The book follows Marvellous Ways, a 90-something year old woman and the relationship/companionship that she develops with a young male who washes up near her riverside home.
8. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (1733 ratings)
This is another one of my all-time favourite books. It’s book about star-crossed lovers with a sprinkle of magical realism (or a pouring of magical realism). I loved everything about this book and I highly recommend it. I loved it so much that I haven’t been able to put all my feels together into a review.
9. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (1796 ratings)
Another WWII historical fiction novel, this book follows Anna, a young Polish girl, who loses her family during the war and finds herself wandering around Poland with the Swallow Man who has taken her under his wing. It’s a confusing book but it’s absolutely beautiful and the journey that Anna takes is breathtaking and emotional.
10. The Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (1833 ratings)
This novel features a gender fluid character and explores what it means to be gender fluid. It’s an important book to read and even though I didn’t always connect with the main character, I think this book needs to be out there in the world.
Have you read any of these underrated books and what did you think of them? Which underrated book have you read that you think the world needs to read?