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Top Ten Tuesday | Books Underrated on Goodreads (AKA Books you MUST Read)



Goodreads ratings are more important that we as book bloggers may realize. Or maybe even more important than the cool social status Goodreads encourages are Amazon rankings. For me these two entities are interchangeable since I review faithfully (not always promptly, but faithfully) on both places.   

Today’s topic is one I find endlessly interesting because it means I’ll (with any luck) discover some new books to add to my mental TBR as I visit all of YOUR blogs.  
 
Broke and Bookish July 5th Topic 

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.)

Looking through the books on Goodreads that I have read (and enjoyed) that have fewer than 2,000 ratings surprised me! I couldn’t believe the stories that didn’t boast ratings and reviews above this mark. The caliber of storytelling among these books is amazing. Readers might not know what they’re missing by passing these on their virtual shelves. Next time you plan on going on a book shopping spree (I don’t know about all of you, but this is a frequent retail therapy experience for me), consider adding these to your shopping cart.

As an added Top Ten Tuesday bonus, I'm also sharing FIVE books with fewer than 2,000 ratings that I'd really like to read - and fully expect to enjoy.   


1. To Get to You by Joanne Bischof | Beautiful in so many ways, this novel’s DNA is unique in ways I’d have never imagined. The YA POV is male for one thing which is not something I encounter with frequency, and yet it worked wonders for this coming-of-age Indie novel. Amazon | Goodreads

2. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz | A beautiful historical romance awaits its reader within these pages. When picking this up, I knew it’d be an artfully written story, but I didn’t realize how fully it’d captivate me. Amazon | Goodreads 

3. The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert | Anther Indie YA novel, this dystopian is a “Patience and artful story building are where this story’s at. There’s a lot of depth to the potential “bigger picture” because of the former and intrigue thanks to the latter.” Or that’s what my review says. To this day, my memories of The Gifting remain the same so much so that I’m ashamed to admit I’ve yet to read the rest of the trilogy. I know. (PS; it's currently free on Amazon Kindle.) Amazon | Goodreads 

4. The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert | If you love You’ve Got Mail, you’re sure to enjoy this charming this romcom novella. It’s short, yes, but it has a wonderful premise and story to tell. Read it. Amazon | Goodreads  

5. A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund | This YA is a lovely romance story al-la the Robin Hood legend (only this time it features a fierce heroine – plus a swoony hero). Amazon | Goodreads 

6. Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter | Those of us who enjoy contemporary romance should look into this one. It’s a beautiful story of forgiveness and finding redemption. Also, fun fact, one of Denise’s novels (The Convenient Groom) was just adapted for Hallmark, and a second one, December Bride is heading to the network as part of its Christmas 2016 programming. Amazon | Goodreads 

7. Falcon by Ronie Kendig | I HAD to add a book that would tie into today’s (yes, we still have an hour left in this patriotic holiday, which I’m spending enjoying blogger-y things) July fourth holiday. One such novel is Ronie Kendig’s Falcon or really any of her books. This is one of my favorite (to date) from her pen, and one I plan on reviewing in the coming month. Amazon | Goodreads

8. A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman | My favorite novel and love story in Julie’s passionate historical 'Daughters of Boston' series set in 1900s Boston. Amazon | Goodreads 
 


9. Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes | Amber’s debut novel (Indie) is such a lovely piece of historical fiction. The story inside is a pretty picture romance that isn’t without its messy themes. All of which crafts poignant must read fiction. Amazon | Goodreads 

10. Stars Collide by Janice Thompson | I don’t have a clear picture of this novel (because I read it so long ago) in my memory bank, but I do seem to remember its fun themes and being thoroughly entertained by the behind-the-scenes world and magic that is TV production. Amazon | Goodreads
 
BONUS! Five Books with Fewer than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings that I Want to Read
 
1. Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholt | This one sounds really interesting. Have you read it? Amazon | Goodreads
 
2. Fallout by Gwenda Bond | Cannot wait to read this one! But then I am something of a superhero geek. Amazon | Goodreads
 
3. Sway by Amy Matayo | Sounds beautiful. I have zero doubt it is. Amazon | Goodreads

4. My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal | This is one that intrigued me way back when and I then forgot about it. Hopefully I'll finally read it. Soon-ish. Amazon | Goodreads

5. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick | Need there be any explanation? Amazon | Goodreads

Which of these five have you read? Which should I read first!?
 

Those are some of my underrated (according to the world of Goodreads) reads that are among my favorites. What about you? Which underrated books do YOU like best? Comment down below with your thoughts. As always, I’d love to chat with you all.  

Happy Tuesday, and thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

PS; don't forget to enter the book giveaway featuring Sarah Sundin's Anchor in the Storm.
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  1. Fallout was so good - I can't wait to read the sequel!

    Check out my TTT and my current giveaway.

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    1. I'm SO pleased to hear this, Lauren! Fallout looks and sounds amazing, so I'm definitely eager to read it. :) (Plus the book design is beautiful.) Thanks for visiting - off to read your Top Ten Tuesday meme. :)

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  2. I have to admit that I'm not familiar with any of these books, so thank you for highlighting them! :-)

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    1. This week is a fabulous week for us to highlight some lesser known books, Chrissi - and plus, bonus, hopefully all of us book bloggers will find some new reads to enjoy! :) Thanks so much for visiting.

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  3. I haven't read A Passion Denied yet, in fact I haven't read much from Lessman. But since it's your favourite and a historical love story I must get my hands on a copy. :)

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    1. Alyssa, hi! It's so great to have you stop by. :)

      Let me know what you think of Julie's novel if/when you have a chance to read it.

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    2. Hey, Alyssa, thank you so much for your interest in reading my book. If you contact me through my website, I will be happy to send you an e-copy of the prequel novel to my Irish family saga, of which A Passion Denied is the third book. It's called A Light in the Window and because this is a family saga best read in order due to a number of big surprises in book 1, I am more than willing to do this if you like.

      And, Rissi, thanks again, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  4. Katie's made my list today too!

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    1. YAY for shared favorites. Hopefully we can add to the book love for Katie's novels. :)

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  5. I feel like a broken record this week! Everyone's lists are full of books I haven't read, and most I haven't even heard of!! Though, there are some here that are already on my TBR list, like Fallout and A Daring Sacrifice :) And, as always, lovely graphics!

    My TTT.

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    1. That's part of the joy of this week's topic, Allyson (as is nearly every week): the variety. I suspect I'll find lots (and already have) of newbie reads to try as I visit everyone's Top Ten Tuesday memes as well. Always fun. And thank you, as always. I do have fun with the design that goes with blogging.

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  6. Reading through your post reminds me of a couple books that are on my TBR list and a couple more that I remembered I had wanted to read at one time. It's really impossible to read every book I'd like to--not enough hours in the day.

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    1. I know this feeling all too well, Kay. There are NOT enough hours in the day. We need time set aside specifically for reading, right!? :)

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  7. I absolutely MUST read To Get to You soon! MUST. My TTT

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    1. YES! You must indeed, Carrie. It's such a good book. Happy reading - and as always, glad you visited. :)

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  8. There's a book on Lydia Bennet from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? How did I not hear of this? xD *goes off to check it out*

    My TTT

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    1. Right!? How fabulous is this!? Now we need one about Jane. How to make this happen?! :) Thanks so much for visiting, Lianne.

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  9. The Gifting in on my TBR. I've heard some really good things about it and plan to read it soon. Some of these others look really good as well, I will check them out.

    Check out My TTT (guest hosted by lilybloombooks)

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    1. Fun! I hope you discovered some that you might be able to add to that TBR because we can never have too many books, right!? :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. I haven’t read any of these, but I’m definitely going to have to give them a try. :) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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    1. Hi Zoe! Hope you can find some new novels to enjoy - that's always a plus with this weekly meme, isn't it!? :) Thanks so much for the kind words and for visiting. I'm always glad to meet fellow bloggers.

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  11. RISSI!! Thank you SO much for including A Passion Denied on your list -- that made me smile, my friend. :)

    Great list! I definitely need to check some of these books out!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. My pleasure, Julie. THANK YOU for visiting. Always lovely to see you over here. Fun. Hope you discover some new novels to enjoy - that's one of the best things about Top Ten Tuesday (discovering new BOOKS!).

      Hugs!

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  12. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet is on my list to read as well! I will have to watch for a review on here of it.;)

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    1. Thanks, Amanda. I hope to read 'Lydia Bennet' soon! But first it might be a good idea to finish Lizzie's story which I had to put aside for a string of review books. ;)

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  13. Oh my goodness, this list is so cool!! What a great TTT topic - sad I missed it. Totally agree with 'The Gifting' and 'A Daring Sacrifice', and all the others have been added to my TBR. I have yet to read those last five either, though like you I know Sway will be incredible (Amy's 'The End of the World' is my favorite contemporary...ever) so I have to get to it ASAP! Thanks for sharing all of these, Rissi! And as always, your graphics are so pretty. You're amazing at what you do. :)

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    1. You'll have to put this one together some week when you aren't interested in the actual TTT topic, girl. That's always fun too! :)

      Here's hoping we BOTH read Amy's Sway ASAP! I agree. 'World' is beautiful. In fact, I think I meant to add that one to my "read" section. Either way, her writing is superb. :)

      Thanks for the kind words and comment. Always glad to have you drop by!

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  14. I actually haven't heard of any of these books... but I've added Barefoot Summer to my wishlist. It sounds right up my alley and I can't wait to check it out. The Gifting also sounds wonderful!

    Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

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    1. YAY! Hope you find some potential new reads to enjoy, Jenna - and I'm glad Barefoot Summer sounded like your kind of read. It IS indeed beautiful. :) Thanks for visiting!

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  15. I cannot believe I haven't read ANY of these on your list! For shame. A few that you want to read I want to read too though! Definitely My Last Kiss, I have heard good things! I have Heat of the Moment, but I am kind of on the fence about it. Great choices!!

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    1. Really!? I'm so glad My Last Kiss has been praised in your blogging circles. That's a positive sign. As for Heat of the Moment, hopefully it has something good to impart. It caught my eye back when it released, but I'd forgotten about it since then. :)

      Glad you stopped by, Shannon.

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  16. As I've now read my first Joanne Bischof book, I am in desperate need to read more of them! I've had To Get To You on my kindle for months, I should start with that one, right? :)

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    1. You are indeed, friend. I hope you discover many more beautiful journey's in Joanne's stories. And yes! To Get To You is a wonderful place to start. :)

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