Top Ten Tuesday: books I love that most people aren’t reading

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:

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  • 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.

  15 comments for “Top Ten Tuesday: books I love that most people aren’t reading

  1. Sarah
    February 19, 2019 at 6:54 am

    I’m torn on whether I want to pick up After Atlas or not. I read Planetfall and really did not like the ending (loved everything else). I’m worried After Atlas will be the same.

    • February 19, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      I’ve heard they are very different, but I can’t say because I haven’t read Planetfall. The detective noir style really appealed to me so that’s why I started with After Atlas (I never skip books usually). There’s a third book from Newman coming soon!

      • Sarah
        February 20, 2019 at 3:02 am

        That’s pretty cool. You might have to check out book one at some point. I know they don’t necessarily build on each other but I think the conclusion ties them together somehow? I realize I didn’t make Planetfall sound good, lol, but really it was. The ending was just too ambiguous for me and that’s one of my pet peeves in books. I’ll check out After Atlas.

  2. lydiaschoch
    February 19, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    All of these books sound really good. Thank you for the recommendations.

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

  3. February 19, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Dad’s Red Dress sounds intriguing!

    • February 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      It’s really, really good. Funny and sad and moving, all at once.

  4. February 19, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    You are right, I have not read any of them. Dad’s Red Dress and The Settling Earth caught my interest though)
    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • February 19, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      Both of those books are excellent, and deserve much more attention. Thanks for visiting!

  5. February 19, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    I wonder how many books there are that have fewer than 2,000 ratings?

    • February 19, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Quite a lot! I had a lot to choose from, just from my own “books read” list.

      • February 21, 2019 at 12:34 am

        i took a look at my stats and was astonished….

  6. February 20, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I had a copy of Sunlight Pilgrims but I never got around to reading it.

  7. February 24, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    A lot of intriguing titles on here. I’m definitely looking into American Like Me! I love anthologies/essays and the topic at hand is a definite must. Thanks for sharing!

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