Tuesday, 19 February 2019

TTT: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads


What is Top Ten Tuesday?

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.



Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads


This was a tricky one to answer! In the end I searched through my bookshelves for the books that jumped out at me, then I check them on Goodreads but, alas, most had over 2000 ratings but a few were not! So, here they are... And I don't have 10. I have 5.

P.S - The book covers link to GoodReads.

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OMG! I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved.
 I need to finish the series (it's 4 books). And I need to re-read this one.


After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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In Bloom is such feel-goodod book. Glitz and glamour, actresses, rockstars, mad PR people, paparazzi, crazy exes and overly forgiving employers... It's a whirlwind. Read it if you want to escape into a different world. Read it if you want to fall in love. Or, you know, just read it because it's awesome.


My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.

I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.

How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…

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This is such a poignant, heartbreakingly beautiful book set both before WWII in the roaring twenties and then into the war. 
I read it years ago (like fifteen/sixteen years ago) and I have no idea why it has so few GR ratings!



In the flamboyant Twenties, Englishman William Grover-Williams and Frenchman Robert Benoist were fierce rivals racing their elegant Bugattis on the glittering European race circuits. Not only is the World Championship in their sights, but they have both fallen for the sensuous charms of the extravagantly beautiful Eve Aubicq.


But when war breaks out, everything changes. Paris is in the iron-grip of German occupation and Robert and William join the Special Operations Executive to help the French Resistance undermine the brutal occupying regime. Their missions involve utmost courage and daring in the face of the horrors of war. Based on a true story of British covert activity and the French Resistance during the Second World War, this is a gripping novel of heroism, self-sacrifice, love and betrayal.

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This book left me speechless in a very good way. 
It was so engrossing, so completely captivating and generally spellbinding that I haven't forgotten it despite not having read it in years... Something I'll have to remedy soon and see if it's as good as I remember!


What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

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This isn't my usual genre of book but I was offered a review copy of the novel so gave it a try and I am so glad that I did! It was a wonderful story, very simple in a way as it is basically a story of the main characters' survival. A story about hope, courage and love.


After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

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What books made your list?


30 comments:

  1. I think most of my recent reads would be under 2000 as I read so much Indie but I didn't have time to do it!

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    1. I read a lot of indie but apparently I read 'mainstream' indie, lol.

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  2. Wow, Early One Morning sounds intense. But in a good way.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  3. I'm super excited to look up The Collectors’ Society! I'm still looking for a Wonderland retelling to fall in love with, so maybe this one is it :)

    My TTT for this week.

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    1. OMG, it broke my heart! It is a great book.

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  4. OMG an Alice retelling. I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. I also added the Deep End of the Sea to my TBR. I haven't heard of any of these, but they look awesome.

    Ash @ JennRenee Read
    Our Top Ten Tuesday

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  5. I'm so curious about The Deep End of the Sea.

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

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  6. Early One Morning sounds like my kind of book--thanks!

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    1. It broke my heart but it was so good! I hope you get to read it one day.

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  7. Those sound good and they're all new to me books.

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  8. Early one morning sounds really sad, but interesting.
    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. It's heartbreaking but it is wonderful.

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  9. I didn't read them, but I have the Heather Lyons books.

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    1. Oh I hope you give them a try at some point!

      I really need to finish The Collectors Society series. I have them all but I think to finish the series, I'd need to re-read the first two. Worth it though, I'm sure.

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  10. Ooh The Collector's Society looks AWESOME! Love that cover- and the premise too!

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    1. The covers for the later books are also amazing Greg!

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  11. I haven't heard of any of these before but The Collector's Society has a great cover and sounds super interesting!

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  12. I should really see what I've read that don't have a ton of ratings. I haven't heard of any of these!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  13. I've been eyeing The Collector's Society for ages - I need to read it! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. It's so good! The covers are amazing too. I need to re-read the first two and then finally read the final two.

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  14. I love this topic. It's a great way to feature all those lesser known books.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I'm loving this topic! There are so many amazing sounding books I'd never heard of that are now on my wishlist, lol.

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    1. I've added so many this week because of this topic... :)

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