Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular, Good Books

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It’s another installment of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the imaginative The Broke and the Bookish. This one was fun, you guys. If you would like to try, and you own a Goodreads account that you use reasonably often which provides a fairly accurate fascimile of your reading habits, you simply go to the settings on your “Read” bookshelf, and add the “num ratings” column. Once you have added this column, click it twice so that your “Read” bookshelf is being listed in order of number of ratings, from lowest number to highest number.

Here are 10 books I really enjoyed that have under 2,000 ratings:

#1 The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless

miss betsy thoughtless

The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless, written by Eliza Haywood in 1751, is a slightly rambling novel that details the fun, the trials, and the moral reckoning of a girl named Betsy Thoughtless. (Hint: Her name might be a metaphor for her character.) It includes an abusive husband who kills her pet squirrel, and a happily ever after that requires the death of two people. In short, it is a fun read if you do not mind long novels from the 18th century.

#2 Wit’s End

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Written by Karen Joy Fowler, (the author of The Jane Austen Book Club),Wit’s End is one of my favorite books. It is well written, interesting, and peopled with simultaneously relatable characters who have been through some over-the-top situations. A mystery that is compulsively readable. #readit

#3 The World Before Us

world before us

The World Before Usby Aislinn Hunter, is a haunting novel. Protagonist Jane Standen is haunted by an incident that occurred in her past, and has used her fixation with this pivotal moment in her life as inspiration to become an historian. When her professional interests result in her researching in the same area that her childhood issues occurred, Jane is forced to face what really occurred, and perhaps learn to move on. This book has more than a beautiful cover; it was a genuinely enjoyable book.

#4 Save Me the Waltz

save me the waltz

Zelda Fitzgerald’s novel Save Me the Last Waltz is one of which not many people have heard. Zelda wrote it while in a mental asylum, and supposedly her husband F. Scott was furious that she was writing a novel about their relationship while he was doing something similar with The Great Gatsby. I don’t enjoy Zelda’s writing as much as F. Scott’s, but she does still write very well. And it’s nice to see a novel from the female perspective on one of the most dysfunctional love stories of all time.

#5 June


Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s June is a highly enjoyable novel. It shifts between narrators and time periods to detail the story of a family, of great friends, of great loves, and of a town. The characters, of which the great house is included, manage to be both realistic and interesting at the same time. The story is full of drama, Hollywood glamour, small town values, and beauty.

#6 My Best Friend’s Exorcism

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Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism is my new favorite recommendation. An homage to the eighties and B-grade horror, it is campy good fun, and I think you should read it.

#7 Dorothy Parker Drank Here

dorothy parker drank here

Dorothy Parker Drank Here, by Ellen Meister, is an interesting novel. Dorothy Parker (yes, that Dorothy Parker) is bored. She has been hanging around the Algonquin hotel, her old haunt, continuing to drink, but all of her friends have already gone into the light. Then, the perfect companion comes to stay at the Algonquin with the intention to commit suicide.With the help of a plucky female reporter (no, not that plucky female reporter), who has intentions on the living author of her own, Dorothy is out to convince the man to kill himself and stay out of the light so that she will be less bored haunting the famous bar where she was also often seen while still alive.

#8 The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

glasses car & gun

Sebastien Japrisot’s The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun is a mystery novel. I read this novel more than 10 years ago, and still remember the near-sighted protagonist who is desperately trying (and failing) to hide this ocular issue.

#9 On the Edge

on the edge

On The Edge (Sweet Valley High Book 40), by “Francine Pascal,” is undoubtedly the best of the SVH books. Regina Morrow is heartbroken because Bruce Patman kissed another girl (freakin’ schemin’ Amy), and because of this, she does cocaine once at a party, guys. That’s right, this rich, deaf girl completely defined herself by her rich, sexy, jerk of a boyfriend, and once that relationship was over, she almost immediately began ignoring Nancy Reagan.

And after doing cocaine? Just once? At a high school party? She dies.

Scarring children for years, this book is simultaneously poorly written and, from an adult perspective, hilarious. (So… read it as an adult.)

#10 How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life

ebb saved life

Mameve Medwed’s novel How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life is a novel about a woman who seems to be losing at life, takes a chance, and learns what she wants and that it is possible to get it. This book is a great book to read when your life is hard and might seem unbearable – hopefully, it will remind you that if you keep striving, eventually, your life might become something you genuinely enjoy.

a wrap

What do you think of my 10 unpopular picks? Have you read any of them? Do you agree with my descriptions/opinions/etc.? What are some of your favorite unpopular reads? Please let me know by leaving a comments!


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