Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated books

Top Ten Tuesday as most of you guys know is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

This weeks theme is Top Ten books that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. I love to find underated little gems and I find most of them at my local bookstore that stocks mostly unknown titles. There’s nothing like going into a book blind and loving it.

So lets get started:

Underrated books

These three books are true stories about the abuse these people suffered as children and young adults and are just heart wrenching. I use to read a lot of these books before I started reading YA and they aren’t for the faint of heart.

8. Scarred By Sophie Andrews has 1087 ratings – This story focuses on Sophie’s abuse as a child and her time spent self harming and in a psychiatric hospital.

7. Child C by Christopher Spry has 326 rating and is a about a boy in foster care under Eunice Spry. You can google her and see her crimes and what she has done. She kept a copy of the Boy Called It by David Pelzer under her bed as a guide. I’m sorry but she is pure evil. I recommend it for people who liked A Boy Call It.

6. Fractured by Ruth Dee has 157 ratings and is about living with a split personality or Multiple personality disorder. This is the only book I’ve read that is a true story about multiple personality disorder and it was interesting to read about how the mind can react to trauma to protect its self.


5. Shtum by Jem Lester – 582 rating 

This story tackles alcoholism, prescription drugs, and the stigma around autism. I highly recommend this if your looking for a non glamoured up account of having a family member with Autism.


4. Risuko by David Kudler – 216 ratings

Rusiko is a beautiful story set in sixteenth century Japan. Females are warriors and Japan is tearing itself apart all in the belief they are helping put the country back together.
Risuko is full of beautiful language, amazing settings and jam packed with cultural knowledge.This story is middle grade and reads like it but I thought it was a quick enjoyable read.


3. Akarnae by Lynette Noni – 603 Ratings

Akarnae is a school in which our MC falls into (literally) it is a school for the gifted and had x-man/Narnia vibes which is totally cool with me!

As soon as Alex arrives she makes insta friends (yes friends not love) with two funny and quirky boys the only thing I didn’t like was that they both took to her instantly, there was no awkwardness just hello to best friends in a second! I wish I could do that!

2. Soulless by Jacinta Maree – 70 ratings

Soulless sucked me in from the first sentence! The writing is amazing, the characters all have there own distinct voices and back stories and the world building is fantastic.
The world is set in the future, Immortality is reality and when a person reaches around age 6 they begin to remember there past lives and the more lives and memories the more bad dreams they have/ re live and the craziness that has invaded man kind will eventually takes hold.

Society has collapsed under the weight of multiple wars, people are being starved and killed left right and center. If someone doesn’t have the right background the are stuck with that life over and over. The rich have all, while the poor are left to stay poor.

This story was just really well done and I can’t wait to read the next installment.


1. Raelia by Lynette Noni – 288 ratings

This is the second book to Akarnae and Alex our main MC is feisty and unable to think before she speaks usually resulting in chuckle worthy mishaps. She made me groan in embarrassment along side her when she stumbled over her words and laugh at her earth jokes that no one gets!
The whole book was well paced and I couldn’t put it down, much better then the first so I can only imagine what we have installed for us next.


I only got to EIGHT! wow I need some more underrated gems in my life, can’t wait to see your guys posts and find some lesser known books that deserve some more attention.



12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated books

    1. I hope you enjoy it! I randomly found it in a book store and bought it as a cover buy but the story is really good 🙂 The second book is a lot better in my opinion, you can really see how the writing and characters improve so I’m excited to keep going with this series.

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    1. I just finished Vicious and it was fantastic! A great Anti-hero story although I would have liked an extra chapter or two but there is word of a second book or companion book so that’s exciting 🙂
      I hope you enjoy Risuko the setting is beautiful and it’s good story for a middle grade book 😀

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  1. Those true stories sounds like really heartbreaking reads. It’s so awful what some people have to endure especially as children. Akarnae was free on Kindle the other week so I downloaded it because it’s one I’ve been wanting to read for a while. From how you described it, it sounds really interesting! Hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

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    1. I hope you like Akarnae ☺️ the start was a bit confusing for me but I ended up getting into the story and the second book is fantastic! I read a lot of true stories when I was younger and they really are heartbreaking but it’s nice to see how these people grew from their childhood.


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