Books That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held by Broke and Bookish

July 5:  Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (we’ve done underrated books a bunch of times in the past 6 years but thanks to Lenore at Celebrity Readers for suggesting this topic as a new way to talk about underrated books especially when underrated is subjective. An easy way to find this — go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads? Or if that’s too hard you can spin it some other way!


Ace!: The Inside Story of the End of an Era 

Author: Mike Tucker, Sophie Aldred
My rating: 4 stars
Reviews: 60

You would not believe how hard I had to work to find this book, it went out of print in the nineties, and, because people have a bad taste in Doctor Who companions, hasn’t been brought back since.

It tells the story of my favorite Doctor Who companion (well, the talented woman who played her) and is a very interesting (and hilarious) book.

The Sillymarillion: An Unauthorized Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Classic the Silmarillion

Author: Lloyd
My Rating: Four Stars
Reviews: 60

Its a parody of one of the most serious books ever – the Silmarillion – and is just absolutely hilarious. All Tolkien fans should read it.

Doctor Who: Dragonfire (Doctor Who Library (Target) #137)

Author: Ian Briggs
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 252

Why do I love this so much? Its the novelization of one of my all time favorite Doctor Who serials. Seriously, Dragonfire has it all (and the novelization has even more!) Ace McShane (my favorite companion), the Doctor (the Seventh version who is clearly the best), and a great story with random time travel and explosives thrown in!

The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic

Author Jason Surrell
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 268

I got this on my last Disney trip and I loved it! It the behind the scenes

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted Prose Novel

Author: Peter David
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 423

I guess a lot of people don’t read comic book novelizations, which is a shame, because, for me, its much easier to read.

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (Doctor Who Library (Target) #148)

Author: Ben Aaronovitch
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 1306

I think this may be Sylvester McCoy’s most iconic episode, and the novelization of it does not let down.

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems

Author: Gail Carson Levine, Matthew Cordell
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 1072

Gail Carson Levine is, as I always say, one of my all time favorite writers, and this is one of her easiest reads. Its a poetry anthology thats all written in the style of the following poem (the one its all based on), titled This is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams:

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel

Author: Richard H. Minear, Art Spiegelman (Introduction), Dr. Seuss
My Rating: 4 stars
Reviews: 1081

A little known fact: Dr. Seuss once did war propaganda, and this book includes it and analyses it. Its a super nerdy book, but its right up my alley.

The Crossroads (Haunted Mystery #1)

Author: Chris Grabenstein
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviews: 1641

The Caged Graves

Author: Dianne K. Salerni
My Review: 5 stars
Ratings: 1985

Disney Book Tag

Today I’ve decided to try the Disney Book Tag by Katytastic because I absolutely love Disney. As usual no one invited me to try this, I just decided to and invited myself AND I’m going to Disney World! I’m scheduling this to be published during my trip.

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A Tale of Two Castles

A Tale of Two Castles (A Tale of Two Castles, #1)A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: Book One of A Tale of Two Castles

This review contains no spoilers.

This was published as a part of my Alphabetical Books Goal.

Disclaimer: I am very biased toward anything that Gail Carson Levine writes. She is my absolute favorite author and her books are some of what inspired my love of reading.

Mysteries abound, especially in Two Castles.

A handsome cat trainer, black-and-white cats, thieves on four legs and two, suspicious townsfolk, a greedy king, a giddy princess, a shape-shifting ogre, a brilliant dragon. Which is the villainous whited sepulcher?

Elodie journeys to the town of Two Castles to become a mansioner—an actress—but luck is against her. She is saved from starvation by the dragon Meenore, who sends her on a dangerous mission inside the ogre’s castle. There, disguised as a kitchen maid at an ogre’s feast, she finds herself cast in the role of a lifetime and pitted against a foe intent on murder.

I unashamedly love anything by Gail Carson Levine. This book is no exception. There are parts of it which are absolutely hilarious (like all of her books) and then parts which are much more serious (there is a murderer on the loose).

The Imagery: I think one of GCL’s strong points as a writer is being able to pull her readers into the world she’s created. I can very vividly remember Elodie’s world and particularly a scene where she acts the part of someone who wants an apple. I know it sounds absurd, but it has really stuck with me as one of the best written and most immersive scenes in the book.

I’m not always a fan of mysteries in fantasy – I love mysteries and I love fantasy but I don’t always love when they’re put together – but in this book it’s really well done. Of course, there are some parts that I thought were a bit predictable, but that’s just because I’m so familiar with her style. Some things still caught me off guard though, and there are enough twists to keep it interesting for any reader.

I have to boast a little because my copy is signed.

Overall

This book is for any lover of fantasy or mystery. Mrs. Levine’s work isn’t just for kids, I think even teens and young adults can get into it too.

Alphabetical Books

I’d like to read more books from different letters of the alphabet. I want to do this in order to flesh out my Book Review page and make it look fuller. Even though I’ve reviewed a lot of books, it doesn’t look like I have because of how many letters there are that don’t have any books read.

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Kidnapped by a Dragon

Welcome to Stereotype Saturday! This week’s stereotype is the “princess/damsel who is kidnapped by a dragon.”

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Totally Should’ve

Todays’s Tag Thursday is the Totally Should’ve Tag by EmmaBooks.

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Books I Really Love Haven’t Talked About Enough

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly challenge hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. March 22: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While (inspired by freebie topic).

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