Top Ten Tuesday – Little Known Gems I Love

I’ve missed a couple of Top Ten Tuesday’s so far this month so I’m happy to be back sharing one this morning! I love talking about my favourite books, and it’s even better if they’re hidden gems that I get to shout about! There are plenty on this list you’ll have heard me talk about before I’m sure. I’m not going to lie I’m not entirely sure how the ratings work on Goodreads, ratings on all editions are combined or if it’s just the ratings on the particular edition of the book you have on your shelf that are listed, I do know there are some books on my list I was surprised to be able to include!

As always the titles will link to Goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


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

DI Kelly Porter Books

Dark Game (1,780 ratings), Deep Fear (821 ratings), Dead End (570 ratings) and Bitter Edge (48 ratings).

This is a fantastic crime series set in the Lake District and published by Canelo that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with! Bitter Edge is published next week!

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

(1,493 ratings) This is a brilliant book full of the life stories of incredible black women, some of the women were well known to me and others I’d never heard of so it was fantastic to read their stories. Also the illustrations are beautiful!

Detective Caelan Small Books

Ask No Questions (1,069 ratings) and Tell No Lies (236 ratings). Ask No Questions was a really interesting police case coupled with a stunning twist at the end, the follow up didn’t disappoint either!

The Exact Opposite Of Okay

(1,665 ratings) I was totally late to this party and I’m really shocked it meets the criteria for this week’s prompt. It took me a little while to get fully into the story but once I was there I just couldn’t put it down. The novel deals with some really topical and important issues and I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

The Book of the Year Books

The Book of the Year (578 ratings) and The Book of the Year 2018 (262 ratings). Four of the QI researchers (or elves as they’re known) have a fantastic podcast called No Such Thing As A Fish where they talk about their favourite facts of the week, in these books they talk about their favourite facts and news stories of the year, they’re fabulous coffee table books to dip in and out of.

DCI Craig Gillard Books

The Body in the Marsh (1,890 ratings) and The Body on the Shore (259 ratings). Another set of crime procedurals that just pulled me in and kept me turning pages!

The Ant & Bea Mystery Books

The Cost of Living (70 ratings) and Dead Stock (13 ratings). This is a delightful cosy crime series, Ant and Bea both work in a local supermarket but crimes happen to land on their doorstep and Bea can’t help but investigate! I absolutely adore this series and it needs more love! I can’t wait for book 3!


(1,178 ratings) This is another book I was so surprised met the criteria for today prompt! I absolutely fell in love with Lexi as we followed her during the convention season. I maintain is Piecekeepers ever becomes a real novel it’s being pre-ordered!

Rachael Lucas’s YA Books

The State of Grace (675 ratings) and My Box-Shaped Heart (110 ratings). Both of these books were an absolute joy to read be it following Grace as she tries to understand the world (bonus points for Anna) or watching Holly and Ed’s friendship develop both of these books were filled with absolutely wonderful characters and deep well developed relationships!

Dark Gifts Series

Gilded Cage (6,744 ratings), Tarnished City (1,655 ratings) and Bright Ruin (794 ratings). Technically I’m cheating including the first novel in this post but with the second two fitting I decided I’d just sneak it in anyway! I absolutely adore this trilogy, it’s set in an alternative Britain where the ruling population have magic, and those that don’t are forced into slave days. The Jardine brothers are such a fantastic set of characters!

So there’s some of my favourite books which don’t have as many ratings as I expected! I definitely noticed a trend, later books in a series have fewer ratings than earlier books. Do many of your favourite books meet the criteria? Are there any of your favourite books you’re surprised could make this list? Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Little Known Gems I Love

    1. Sarah - SWB

      I was surprised that Tarnished City and Bright Ruin are under 2,000 but thereโ€™s definitely seems to be a trend, after the first book in a series ratings drop off, and keep dropping


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