When I was making my Annual End of Year Survey post for 2014 and I came to the question about the year’s “hidden gems,” I noticed on Goodreads that some of the “hidden gems” I thought up had very few ratings there! While obviously the number of ratings is subjective and doesn’t accurately relate exactly how many people have actually read the book, I still think it’s worth mentioning some good titles I’ve read that haven’t gotten much attention on the site (as of this moment in time). So I’m starting a new segment on the blog called 10 Under 10k!
Let’s start, shall we? The following 10 books are ones I read (or reread) in 2015 and 2014. I’ll begin from the lowest number of ratings (as of writing this post) up to the highest, with 10,000 ratings being the max.
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- The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker by E. D. Baker. 82 ratings. Originally published October 2014. Read my review here! | I received an ARC from Bloomsbury, and I was just charmed by this adorable and funny Middle Grade fantasy book. Go read my review for a fuller picture of what it’s about and what I thought.
- The Lighthouse Land by Adrian McKinty (The Lighthouse Trilogy, #1). 625 ratings. Originally published October 2006. | This is a fabulous sci-fi trilogy, beginning with The Lighthouse Land. I want more people to know about these books. Aliens, wormholes, stopping wars and saving homes… I fell in love with these books years ago and highly highly highly recommend them.
- Phoenix Rising by Karen Hesse. 1,018 ratings. Originally published June 1994. | This is a gorgeous book about overcoming darkness and sadness in one girl’s heart. Karen Hesse writes beautiful Middle Grade stories, and I believe this book deserves a whole lot more exposure and appreciation.
- Vitro by Jessica Khoury (Corpus, #2). 1,426 ratings. Originally published January 2014. | This is actually the companion/sequel to Origin, but I liked Vitro a whole lot more, and I don’t think you need to read the books in order. You’ll understand a few things that are dropped/hinted at in Vitro if you’ve read Origin, but it’s not crucial. Vitro is a very interesting sci-fi novel, one that was unique and different from anything I’d read before.
- Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White. 2,402 ratings. Originally published September 2014. Read my review here! | Kiersten White’s The Chaos of Stars was a “hidden gem” in my Annual End of Year Book Survey. Illusions of Fate I loved also, maybe more, because it is a terrific fantasy book that incorporates magic, politics, and romance, and is so elegantly written and unpredictable. Read my review to get a fuller picture of why I loved this book and why I recommend it.
- 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad. 4,626 ratings. Originally published September 2008. | This made my Top 14 of 2014 list. I think it would be categorized as a sci-fi horror novel, but it’s so unique and more creepy/disturbing than horrifying. It’s got a slower start, but once the kids reach the moon… You just have to read it. It’s so good.
- Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan. 8,047 ratings. Originally published August 2006. | I talked about this Middle Grade book in my Green Covers, Recommendations post. It’s hilarious. The Applewhite clan is the best dysfunctional family I have ever read about.
- Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes. 9,156 ratings. Originally published August 2003. | I talked about this book in my Green Covers, Recommendations post. It’s a beautiful coming of age Middle Grade novel that surpassed my expectations.
- The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (The Monstrumologist, #1). 9,458 ratings. Originally published January 2009. | Horror, historical… this book is graphic and gory and may not have been the best choice to read before bed, but it was so so good I just had to stay up and finish it. Monsters galore!
- Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner (Nobody’s Princess, #1). 9,513 ratings. Originally published January 2007. | What might Helen of Troy’s teenage years have been like? This is a great historical novel that draws from Greek mythology, and I loved getting to read about a rebellious and unconventional young Helen.
Have you read any of these books?
Do any particularly pique your interest now?
Comment below letting me know!