This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is ten books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. I like the idea of promoting books most people haven’t read, so I found it pretty easy to make this list. So many great books that people aren’t reading! In no particular order:
- American Like Me edited by America Ferrera: Ferrera has created an anthology of essays by mostly-famous people who are either immigrants or the family of immigrants to America. I think everyone should read it.
- Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly: Nominated for a Nebula award, this is a novel about a fictional world that also has a historical (1930’s) feel. It has fantastic characters and a great LGBTQ love story set in a world of intrigue and espionage.
- The Long Drop by Denise Mina: this is a true crime novel that takes place in Scotland. I love most things Scottish but the writing in this book is particularly good.
- Happiness by Aminatta Forna: this novel is a thoughtful and thought-provoking story of two adults who meet one night on a bridge in London. It’s a tough book to describe but I loved the characters.
- After Atlas by Emma Newman: this science-fiction-meets-detective-noir is seriously disturbing but the use of technology in this book is also really thought-provoking.
- The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan: This is Fagan’s second book after Panopticon, which I also loved. It takes place in near-future Scotland during a record-breaking winter. Its portrayal of our future weather is “chilling” but the real focus is the characters, especially teenage Estella.
- The Report by Jessica Francis Kane: this is one of those “true disaster” novelizations, the story of one of the most deadly disasters in London during World War II, when people were trampled in a crowded Tube Station during an air raid alarm.
- Dad’s Red Dress by L.J. Sedgwick: I loved this novel about a teenage girl adjusting to her father’s sex change. It’s written with so much humor and sensitivity.
- The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorland: Thorland writes historical romances that feature strong heroines, a lot of historical detail, and are a lot of fun to read.
- Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires: Not too many people have read this book of short stories, but it’s excellent. Highly recommended if you liked What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky.
- This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila: another book of short stories, these are about life in Hawaii from the perspective of a Native Hawaiian. Hawaii is one of my favorite places on Earth, and these stories are moving and well-written.
- The Settling Earth by Rebecca Burns: Burns is one of my favorite short story writers, but I especially liked this book of interrelated stories set in early New Zealand.
Those are my recommendations! I’m guessing you haven’t read any of these, but I hope you find something on this list that interests you.