Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved with Fewer Than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

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It took a lot of digging for me to come up with enough books for this week’s list. I read several these titles when I was in high school or middle school. Many of the other titles are pretty far back in my already-read queue, too. So I sadly don’t remember specific details about what I loved about these books anymore or if I’d feel the same way about them today. All I know is that at some point I thought they were the bee’s knees. Now I’m wondering if I should give some of these titles a reread!

Since I can’t rightfully gush about any of them like I normally would for a Top Ten Tuesday post, I’ll tell you how many ratings they have on Goodreads instead. The list-maker in me insists on sharing them in order from the biggest to the smallest number of ratings.

1. The Eye of the Heron by Ursula K. LeGuin 

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 1688

2. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings by Charlotte Perkins Gillman 

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 1520

3. The Margarets by Sheri S. Tepper. 

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 1512

4. Shame of Man (Geodyssey #2) by Piers Anthony

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 1057

5. The Meaning of Wife: A Provocative Look at Women and Marriage in the Twenty-First Century by Anne Kingston

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 1018

6. Collected Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay 

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 858

7. Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism by David Nickel

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 728

8. Hope of Earth (Geodyssey #3) by Piers Anthony

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 698

9. The Dark Beyond the Stars by Frank M. Robinson 

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 61

10. Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community by Andrea Weiss

# of ratings on Goodreads as of February 7: 10

It will be interesting to see how many of you, if anyone, will share your lists beginning with the title that had the biggest number of Goodreads ratings and ending with the smallest one.

144 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved with Fewer Than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

  1. You’re speaking my language fellow list-maker. Can’t believe I missed The Yellow Wallpaper-such an interesting psychological mind trip. I’ve even used it for a speech and debate piece for Program Oral Interp a few years ago (I’m a coach). Also missed Edna St. Vincent Millay’s work-I think poetry in general is extremely underrated on GR.
    My list:

  2. Interesting titles here! I’m surprised to see LeGuin on the list but I’m wondering if it’s because they are older titles (like most people read them before GoodReads was a thing)? Although I know she was fairly prolific so maybe it’s just one of her more obscure titles.

  3. The only one of these I’ve actually read is The Yellow Wallpaper, and I now have so many excellent sounding books to add to my TBR list. In particular, The Margarets sounds extremely interesting, and I’m definitely going to have to check it out.

  4. I was especially curious about the low number of ratings for The Yellow Wallpaper and discovered that on GR, there are quite a few different versions from different publishers. The most popular one seems to be by Dover Thrift editions which has 72000+ ratings. And another published by The Feminist Press has 70000+ ratings. Maybe it’s because it’s a classic. But how confusing! And if there weren’t so many separate versions, there would be more ratings?

  5. I have only read Le Guin’s Left Hamd of Darkness which apparently is her more popular one cause it had quite a few ratings. Definitely want to check more of her out.

  6. I haven’t heard of any of these books, thanks for visiting my blog! To answer your question, what I liked about Water so Deep is the interesting take on Mermaids. Mermaids are, in my opinion, hard to make interesting while also doing something different.
    Marie @ Pages to Explore

  7. Oooh, “The Yellow Wallpaper”! I remember reading that short story for one of my lit classes; what an amazing short story! I haven’t read anything else by Charlotte Perkins Gilman though. Perhaps I should change that…

  8. Ahh, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” A friend and I were just talking about that story last week!

    I like how you ordered your list, but nope, didn’t do that with mine 🙂

  9. It’s interesting to see the varied reviews of The Meaning of Wife, looks like people either hated it or loved it. Seems like it could be interesting, but the reviews have me questioning.

  10. Great picks for this week, and these are definitely underrated books for me. 🙂 I haven’t read any of them that I can remember (it’s very likely I read The Yellow Wallpaper in high school but I really can’t remember).

  11. It is such a complete bummer when books that we love are so underrated! Especially the one with 10, those break my heart. But I hope that posts like this will get some of these a few more fans! I am not familiar with any of these, but I am going to check them out now, thanks for sharing them!!

  12. I went in the opposite order, from lowest number to highest, but yes, I felt the need to include the number of ratings, too. 🙂

    I’m not familiar with any of the titles on your list, but I do recognize most of the SF and fantasy authors. I see that The Eye of the Heron also includes The Word for World is Forest, which I’ve been meaning to read.

  13. I really want to read an Ursula K. Le Guin book! I hear amazing things about all of her works, which has me shocked that she’s on this list! I expected her to have way over 2K ratings! I read The Yellow Wallpaper in one of my college classics and remember loving it but it’s been so long. I need to re-read it. Awesome list! <3

    • Thank you very much. Yes, Ursula K. Le Guin is a wonderful writer. I highly recommend checking her out.

      If you reread The Yellow Wallpaper, I will, too. 🙂

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