Top 10 Hidden Gems | Books I Loved with Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is about underrated books, and I am super excited to share this list of ten books I loved that have less than 2,000 Goodreads ratings.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Also, before we begin, I also wanted to mention that today is Blossoms and Bullet Journals’ second birthday!! I wanted to write a whole blogiversary post for Saturday, but that obviously didn’t happen, so I’ll just say now: thank you all for taking the time to read this blog and for making the last two years incredible. 🙂

Now, on to the post!

Note: book covers link to their respective Goodreads pages.

The Way the Light Bends Salt The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls Fresh Ink Half a World Away

The Way the Light Bends | Cordelia Jensen | This novel in verse is so beautiful and I loved the themes of family and art. You can read my review and author interview here!

Salt | Hannah Moskowitz | Salt is such a soft, quiet book about siblings and pirates and monster hunting. Review here!

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls | Jessica Spotswood | OMG I could not put this book down. This one’s also about family (I’m sensing a trend?) and it’s such a fun and addictive summer book with a ton of diversity and pop culture references. (YA books! Hamilton!) Also, I convinced Olivia to read it and she loved it too!! I’m so proud of myself. You can see by book review and character aesthetics here!

Fresh Ink | Edited by Lamar Giles | This collection of #OwnVoices stories traverses many genres and types of diversity and contains a ton of gems, my favorites being the stories by Nicola Yoon, Schuyler Bailar, Walter Dean Myers, and Aminah Mae Safi. You can read my review here!

Half a World Away | Cynhia Kadohata | I read this upper-middle grade novel a long time ago, but I remember it being incredibly powerful and heartbreaking. (Like, I’m pretty sure I sobbed.)

A Thousand Perfect Notes Heartstopper The Disasters Kids Like Us The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

A Thousand Perfect Notes | C.G. Drews | Okay, I feel like most people in this YA book community know of this book, but I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to shout about this amazing book! This novel is also really sad but so, so good. You can read my review here!

Heartstopper | Alice Oseman | You’ve probably heard me talk before about Heartstopper, which is only the most adorable romance webcomic-turned-graphic novel.

The Disasters | M.K. England | This space opera deserves SO MUCH hype. It’s so fun and diverse and I absolutely loved it! You can see my post for its blog tour (complete with character aesthetics) here.

Kids Like Us | Hilary Reyl | Kids Like Us is so sweet. It’s set in France, which is super cool, and I also loved the amount of food that the author managed to squeeze into the story. (There was a lot and it all sounded delicious.)

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth | Ian Lendler & Zack Giallongo | I really appreciated this graphic novel in which a group of zoo animals puts on the play Macbeth (especially because I had just finished reading the original play for my English class). I think a lot of people will get a kick out of it, both younger kids and older readers!

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Thanks so much for reading! Now let me know in the comments: what are some of your favorite underrated books? Have you read any of the ones on my list?

♥ Annie

15 thoughts on “Top 10 Hidden Gems | Books I Loved with Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings

  1. AHHH I am a little late but HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY ANNIE!! This is so exciting, yay, congratulations! 🎉 I love your list of books SO much. I really liked A Thousand Perfect Notes, I LOVE HEARTSTOPPER with all of my heart! I can’t wait to read The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls, it sounds like such a great book I could love 💖

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  2. First of all, happy 2 year blogoversary! Congratulations, I hope the next years are just as wonderful. ❤

    I loved this post! Of course you knew I loved The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls (I’ve read it twice since July) and I also love ATPN and Kids Like Us. So many good books I will have to check out, thanks for the recs!

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  3. somethingtofathom

    This was such a good idea! I guess I don’t usually think about how many people review on Goodreads on each book. I know there are very seldom books that I have noticed that don’t have a lot of reviews. I would love to see you do another post like this!

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  4. CG @ Paper Fury

    Aww Annie!! 😍Thank you for including ATPN!! (I don’t know if it’s weird for me to comment, eep, so my apologies if it is!!) I’m just so appreciative! It still is a really smol, quiet contemporary in the scheme of things, so it makes my day to see it making lists. Aaaand I am WITH you on the love for Salt (those siblings make and break my heart) and I have the Disasters and really want to read Heartstopper. 💛

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  5. Love this post, Annie!! And oh my gosh, happy two year blogiversary!! 😊🎉 Congratulations, this is such a great accomplishment! I can’t wait to see how your blog continues to grow in the future 💖 And I absolutely loved The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls – I’m surprised it has less than 2,000 ratings, it deserves so much more! I actually picked it up because of Olivia’s review, so I guess, in a way, you convinced me to read this wonderful book haha. ☺️

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