Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! Once hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, it is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a weekly book feature where a topical list-prompt is posted and readers respond with their top ten for that prompt. Yours truly tends to go over ten, but hey, what can a passionate reader do?
This week’s topic is: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads
When I first read that prompt, I thought I knew off the top of my head which books I’d list here and which I couldn’t, but as I went and checked the numbers, I was actually surprised how many books I thought might not have a ton of exposure (and thus ratings) actually surpassed the 2,000 rating mark on Goodreads; especially compared to quite a few books on this list, half of which I definitely thought would have been more widely rated/read.
So, let’s get all of these gems on your radars and break some TBR lists, shall we? The number of ratings these books had when I put this list together is listed after the author.
Time Shards by Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald — 152: This one is really surprising. I thought it was a fantastic debut from this duo writing together (Fredsti has other series she’s written solo) and I definitely catch myself thinking about this time-warping blend of science fiction and fantasy. The characters are visceral and the settings varied and unique. With the sequel coming out this year, I hope this series gets more hype, because it deserves it.
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides — 218: HOW?! Honestly, how. This is one of my favorite reads of last year and it’s sequel, one of my most anticipated reads. Dragons, wonderful characters and a heist story that rivals any heist story out there. How this isn’t an international best seller is beyond me.
The Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss — 224: One of the wonderful gems I’ve discovered thanks to my participation in the SPFBO contest, I will be recommending this story and Barbara’s works for years to come. You don’t want to miss this gripping tale, friends. You’ll fly through this book in only a few sittings and then you’ll be begging for the sequel.
A Keeper’s Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon by J.A. Andrews — 238: I just adored this story. It’s short, fun and sweet, taking a lot of awesome twists on the classic fairytale tropes. I’m really excited to read more by Andrews and I hope more people realize what a wonderful writer and teller of stories she is!
Soul of the World by David Mealing — 342: Again, H.O.W.?! I’ll never stop ranting about Mealing’s writing (and I plan on reading the sequel sooner rather than later) but how he and his work isn’t amongst names like Sanderson and Weeks is just beyond comprehension for me, honestly. It’s just so good.
The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey — 613: I’m really glad this book is above the 500 range, but I really hope she’s able to break into the thousands, because talk about an underrated series. Fantastic military fantasy with a heroine you can’t help but connect with and root for (and be inspired by, if you’re me), I’d recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys reading, honestly.
Duskfall by Christopher Husberg — 619: Again, this is a series that just gets better with every new book and I just don’t know how the world hasn’t gone up in arms and embraced it with all of it’s glory and heartbreaking sadness yet? These characters are incredible and the world has so much depth to it. It BEGS TO BE READ AND ENJOYED BY THE MASSES.
Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen — 749: If you want humor and sci-fi, with a fair amount of heart thrown in, look no further than Curtis C. Chen. I really hope this series breaks 1,000 and gets some more notice/appreciation, because I just want this author to be able to write more books that I can read.
Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja — 1,113: One of my favorite series, in the same vein of Chen, honestly. It’s humor goes up a notch on the ridiculous scale, yet when I’m wanting a quick read that’s fun, exciting but also pulls at my heart strings, I think of this series. I’m SO excited, too, that the third book is coming out this year!! I have been waiting so eagerly for it!
Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning — 1,854: Ah, I just adore this series. It’s my favorite Sherlock Holmes retelling I’ve ever found and, for the past few years, I’ve been able to count on it as one of my most anticipated summer releases (with The Signs of Nine not disappointing me with it’s late May release date this year). So close to 2,000, let’s get him there!
Have you read any of these books? Any of their “number of ratings” surprise you as they did me? Share your Top Ten Tuesday lists with me so I can see your lists, as well!
Also, does anyone know, is 2,000 a magical number on Goodreads, like 50 and 100 are for Amazon? Just curious if it has anything to do with any algorithms or anything like that, or if it’s just a semi-accurate reflection of how many people have read that book. 🙂