This week on Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, we’re sharing ten books we loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. During the last go around in 2016 (Read Here), most of the titles I shared turned out to be some of my favorite reads that year – and this time is no different!
A Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave: Beautifully written, A Way Past Winter is a snow-sprinkled adventure filled with magic and heart as a young girl battles ancient lore to save her family. If you loved Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy – this is the book for you! (274 Ratings)
The Little Snake by A.L. Kennedy: Both heartbreaking and hopeful, The Little Snake explores the magic love can bring to a world full of war and despair, if only you let it. (341 Ratings)
The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr: A magical adventure, The Language of Spells will leave you delightfully charmed as a young dragon learns the true power of friendship. (349 Ratings)
Scribe by Alyson Hagy: An atmospheric tale set amidst the aftermath of a brutal civil war, Scribe draws from Appalachia folklore as it explores the dark side of humanity at a crossroads. (654 Ratings)
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jenson: An entirely new take on Beauty and the Beast, Jenson’s novel follows a young servant girl employed by the monstrous Chevalier de Beaumont as she discovers there’s more to a beast than meets the eye. (898 Ratings)
Nightbooks by J.A. White: A delightfully dark middle-grade adventure, Nightbooks is the perfect mix of the modern-day Goosebumps and classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. (908 Ratings)
Mem by Bethany C. Morrow: Told as an alternate history, Mem is set in a world where memories can, not only be extracted, but be made into mirror-like images of their source, like a clone. Thought to be mindless zombies, Delores Extract #1, the oldest of her kind, will force the world to rethink the nature of its creation. (188 Ratings)
Genesis by Brendan Reichs: Following the aftermath of Project Nemesis, the teens are left in a world to themselves – a world in which they can never truly die. While the majority resign themselves to outright chaos, Min is left to discover the truth of their lives, or what may be left of them. (1,016 Ratings)
In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt: A dark tale of femininity amidst the strictures of Puritanism in colonial New England, one woman must choose freedom or family as the woods call her home. (1,152 Ratings)
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner: Beautiful cover aside, The Sisters of the Winter Wood is as enchanting as it is magical. (1,711 Ratings)
What little-known books do you love?