I love to promote books that I’ve enjoyed that haven’t gotten the attention they should! Here’s my list of the best books I’ve read recently that have fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. (A couple of these are review copies or ARCs that I was given for free in exchange for an honest review–those are marked below with the signifier review copy. As always, all opinions are my own.)
- Travel Far, Pay No Fare by Anne Lindbergh (107 ratings). A fun children’s novel about a magical bookmark that allows the kids to go into the stories. So fun!
- Warlock Holmes – A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning (108 ratings). [Review copy–review coming soon!] This supernatural retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story is pretty funny. It’s brand new, so word hasn’t yet spread about how fun it is.
- My Holiday in North Korea by Wendy E. Simmons (199 ratings). I can’t even explain how much I enjoyed this book. It’s hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. If you want a look into one of the most closed off countries in the world (complete with tons of photos), you need to read this.
- Excellent Daughters by Katherine Zoepf (299 ratings). A really well done book about women’s varied experiences living in the Arab world. It’s fascinating and disconcerting.
- Untangled by Lisa Damour (345 ratings). I’ve said it before: I’m sticking this book in a file for later, when I have a teenage daughter of my own. It’s packed with great information and stories about teenagers and how to help them grow and learn.
- A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna (474 ratings). [Review copy] A fun, fresh cozy mystery set in Oxford. Definitely worth a look if you’re into mysteries as much as I am.
- Pretty Good Number One by Matthew Amster-Burton (662 ratings). [Review copy] This love letter to Japan will make you want to visit and eat all the things Matthew and his family eat.
- Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt (1,370 ratings). An adorable picture-book retelling of Cinderella, set in space. So cute!
- Pick Your Poison by Leann Sweeney (1,463 ratings). I ordered this fun cozy mystery in anticipation of my vacation this week. It was a ton of fun and packed with southern sayings and that Texas feel.
- Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens (1,599 ratings). This book was awesome! (Review to come soon.) It’s a murder mystery set at an English boarding school, and I can’t wait to read the second one in the series.
What lesser-known books do you recommend? Let me know in the comments!