Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 5 July, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 11 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

Well this was a very interesting exercise for this week’s TTT! And the results were just as intriguing…Please note that the titles I didn’t include in this list from my results were nonfiction titles that I used when I wrote my graduate thesis (because that will easily fill all 10 slots) πŸ˜‰

In no particular order:

  1. The Delusionist by Grant Buday (review) — Hurray for indie Canadian titles! I picked this up at a book fair two years ago and was blown away by this coming-of-age story of a young man whose family refuses to talk about their experiences during the Holodomor in 1930s Ukraine, effectively ostracizing him from his family.
  2. Fancy a Cuppa by the Cathedral? by Simon Duffin (review) — What a unique concept to a travelogue/travel guide. Will definitely keep this book in mind the day I travel to England πŸ˜€
  3. The Next Stop: Inverness to Edinburgh, station by station by Simon Varwell (review) — Actually both of Simon Varwell’s books showed up on my GoodReads results (the second title between The Return of the Mullet Hunter (review)). He’s had some interesting experiences, definitely check out his books if you’re looking for a travelogue to read.
  4. The Fledglings by David Hommel (review) — Yay for more indie Canadian titles! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I won a copy of this book but it definitely surprised me! A coming-of-age story set in Prohibition Chicago and the relationships that the lead character, a young woman daughter to a Jewish bootlegger, forged over the course of her adolescence.
  5. Mona Lisa by Alexander Lernet-Holenia (review) — You’ve seen me praise this novella time and again: definitely one of my favourite reads from this year, it was wonderful and it was bittersweet and it was thoughtful. And it’s relatively short, if you’re looking for a modern classic to read! πŸ˜€
  6. Mayors Gone Bad by Philip Slayton (review) — For a bit of nonfiction, this book stemmed from the crazy antics surrounding Rob Ford’s time as mayor of Toronto (and other mayors that have done some pretty baffling stuff) and sheds some light on the nature of the mayoral system here in Canada. A very interesting read!
  7. The Queen and Mrs. Thatcher: An Inconvenient Relationship by Dean Palmer (review) — Another interesting nonfiction title I read within the last year or two looking at the tense relationship between the Queen and Mrs. Thatcher during the latter’s time as prime minister of the United Kingdom. I knew some of the basics of their relationship but I had no idea how bad it was. The comparative bits were also pretty interesting.
  8. The Angel of Eden by D.J. McIntosh (review forthcoming) — I’ve really enjoyed her Mesopotamian trilogy, it’s pretty unique from a lot of the other adventure/suspense series out there. This is the last book in the trilogy, which sort of sprung out of nowhere (at least, it seemed to me) last year.
  9. Monstrous Little Voices by Jonathan Barnes et. al. (review) — Love Shakespeare? Love fantasy novels? Then check this book out πŸ˜› I’m surprised there weren’t more reviews on it on GoodReads (at least at the time that I put this list together), it’s absolutely excellent!
  10. Tide of Shadows and Other Stories by Aidan Moher (review) — Finally, Aidan Moher of the Hugo award-winning fanzine A Dribble of Ink, compiled some of his stories into this collection which I read for review. It’s an interesting and eclectic batch of fantasy and sci-fi tellings, definitely worth checking out if you’re a reader of either or both genres.

And that’s my list of underrated books for this week! What titles made your list this week? Let me know, I’d love to read your suggestions πŸ™‚


11 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I have heard of none of these books, but they all sound fascinating. Also, it’s always nice to see a a fellow academic in the blogosphere. πŸ™‚

  2. I so agree! Wasn’t this an interesting Top 10 Tuesday exercise!? I was surprised by many of the books that made my list just because I thought they SHOULD be more popular than they are. *sigh* Sometimes it feels like we’re the only person who has bookish love for a certain novel. (Perhaps this is why we fangirl over it time and again!? :D) Great and varied list, Lianne.

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