Wow, I love this week’s topic, though it was a tad bit difficult because it required me to recall books that I read a loooong time ago. This week’s TTT theme is “Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads”. Ahhh, I really hope I find other bloggers whose books overlap with mine because a lot of these books are ones that young Keri adored and I need others to scream about them with. (so you will also become my new best friend if you pick up any of my recs) 😄
Even though my TBR does not need to grow, I can’t wait to read everyone else’s lists!
(Also please forgive my decision to use the clunky phrase “Not Well-Known Book”. I couldn’t figure out a better, more succinct way to phrase the TTT topic, whoops)
For those of you who don’t know:
“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”
(This quote comes directly from the blog That Artsy Reader Girl)
1. The Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl
Number of Ratings: 1,974
Guys, I read this book for the first time in 5TH GRADE. I also reread it 4-5 years afterwards and still adored it. It’s about Anna, who besides her mother and sisters, is essentially invisible to every one else. She’s an insanely smart kid and begins to build hidden passageways in the walls of her house, and spends most of her time there. One day she decides to permanently live there, and eventually her family forgets about her. She’s perfectly content with her solitary existence until one day she finds a note in the crack of the wall, addressed to her.
2. The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
Number of Ratings: 1,819
READ THIS BOOK! (Tho this book will probably crush your heart, shhh) It’s a YA retelling of the opera Turandot/a 12th century poem. I think about this book often and I can’t wait to see what Megan Bannen writes next.
(May, if you’re also doing this TTT post, I expect you to also be shouting (read: crying) about this book. Also yes, I went back and found the last post where you talked about this book 😆)
3. Motor Crush, Vol. 1 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr
Number of Ratings: 1,756
THAT CLIFFHANGER. I borrowed this book from my roommate (she accidentally brought it with her to NYC) and read it last month and boy, am I hooked! It’s about a motorcycle racer with a mysterious background and this engine “drug” called Crush.
I requested the second volume from the library and I am eagerly waiting for them send me an email saying it’s ready for pickup.
4. Ascension by Kara Dalkey
Number of Ratings: 1,562
An oldie, but the first in a trilogy that little Keri adored. Think mermaids (with both tails and legs!), Atlantis, and some other legends sneaking in that you wouldn’t expect (I won’t say for the fear of spoilers). Wow, now I wanna go reread this…
5. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
Number of Ratings: 1,521
This book is probably filled with overused cliches and tropes, but I remember loving this book! It’s essentially about a girl falls into a river, dies, and gets brought back to life with this mechanical/hummingbird-esque heart that gives her enhanced abilities and leads her to become an enhanced superhero/vigilante. I have a weak spot for secret identities and superheroes, so I, of course, fell in love with this book.
6. Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster
Number of Ratings: 1,212
This book is a prequel/companion to the book City of a Thousand Dolls. It’s about Mara, who’s essentially shapeshifter and who becomes a protector to a noblewoman. It has a great friendship line and ahhhh, I’m still sad that Forster didn’t write another book in this series.
7. The Infinite by Lori M. Lee
Number of Ratings: 1,207
Another great sequel that deserves more love (and that I’m still waiting on the third book for). Isn’t the cover gorgeous? The story is a mix of magic, gods, found families, and technology. Ahhhh, these TTT lists always make me want to reread all the books…
8. Shadow by Jenny Moss
Number of Ratings: 1,155
I’ve read this book at least 3 times, maybe more (which is impressive considering that I rarely reread books). Honestly, I think I bought this book from a book fair in middle school, that’s how old it is (I’m currently in college).
The book is about Shadow, who is literally the Queen’s shadow, and because of a prophecy about the queen’s death on her 16th birthday, is suppose to sacrifice herself for the queen when the day comes. But when the queen dies and Shadow lives, she must go on the run to figure out what went wrong.
9. Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
Number of Ratings: 984
What is this, a space sci-fi book making it’s way onto my blog? I’m honestly surprised too. For this book, think space, a dying plant, arranged marriages, and hidden heritages. Ahh, I remember being such a sucker for this romance.
10. Darkwood by M.E. Breen
Number of Ratings: 899
If I remember correctly, this is a pretty dark middle grade read with a lot of fairytale vibes. All I remember about the story is that it’s about a young teen and these bloodthirsty wolf-like creatures. I know that’s kind of vague, but please read this book. I have such fond memories of being enthralled by this book.