I decided I would start doing Top Ten Tuesdays, which is a meme I have seen around the book blogosphere a ton. However, Top Ten Tuesday is on a break until August 15th. There is a list of old topics though, so I chose one of those to do today instead! Also, I know it’s not Tuesday…but I wanted to do this anyway so whatever!
The topic I chose was Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads. Once I figured out how to sort my Goodreads books by number of ratings (I am a bit technologically challenged…), I was shocked at how many of my favorites had a tiny number of ratings! This must change, so I will share my top ten with you!
1. The Sisters Club
This book is about three sisters: Alex, Stevie, and Joey, and their daily life as a family. I adored this book when I was in elementary school, and must have read it at least 5 times. This was a sweet, warm read with characters I adored, and I wish it was more well known!
2. The Loose Ends List
I loved The Loose Ends List! It was the first book I reviewed on this blog, and I just gushed about it. This is a sweet contemporary with heartbreaking undertones (I cried!) and I think many YA lovers would adore this book like I did!
3. The Ability
I don’t really remember a lot about this book..just that I loved it! The Ability is about 12 year olds with special magic brain powers. That is about all I know, but I remember reading this book multiple times and always thoroughly enjoying it! I think this should be a much more well-known middle grade novel.
4. Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful was another one of my favorites when I was little! I have read this a million times, and I always love it so much. The characters are incredible, and the plot is great! I’m surprised this isn’t a more widely-known middle grade novel.
5. Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen
Another one of my childhood favorites! Olivia, the main character of this novel, loves trivia and Jeopardy. I haven’t read a lot of books that focus on this topic, so I loved this one! There was also a ton of character and background plot development that I really enjoyed. I think there are a lot of children out there who would love Olivia and her story like I did!
6. Theater Geek
This is one of my all time favorite non-fiction books. It follows three kids at Stagedoor Manor, a hardcore theater camp in New York. There is also a lot of information about the history of the camp. This book is so much fun to read, especially for theater fans, and I wish more of them read this book!
7. Diary of A Would-Be Princess
This one was another childhood love of mine! Jillian, the narrator, had the funniest and most entertaining voice, and I always adored seeing the world through her eyes. I always knew this was an underrated book, but I never understood why!
8. The Clueless Girl’s Guide to Being a Genius
I can not recommend this book highly enough. The characters are incredible and genuine, the plot is so interesting, and it is just overall the most fun quick read! I truly don’t understand why this book doesn’t get as much love as it deserves!
9. The Ride Delegate: Memoir of a Walt Disney World VIP Tour Guide
I love reading books about Walt Disney World employees. I adore Disney and their parks, and I think reading about the behind the scenes work is so interesting. There are many, many books like this, and The Ride Delegate is one of my favorites. Annie, the author, was a VIP tour guide at Disney World. Reading all her stories is amazing, and I think there are many Disney fans that would really like this book!
10. Penina Levine is a Hard-Boiled Egg
This is the most underrated book on my list. On Goodreads, it only has 35 ratings! This is such a cute and short middle grade read. Penina and her family are wonderful characters, and the plot is very interesting. This book is about Penina being asked to do an assignnment in school about Easter. Penina is Jewish, and doesn’t want to do this! It seems like a simple plot, but it plays out in a great way. This book should definitely be read by more people!
So, there is my list. A lot of middle grade favorites from my childhood…I must have had an interesting reading taste! Anyway, you should all give these underrated books some love- they deserve it!
What are your favorite underrated reads?