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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Underrated – book with less than 2000 ratings

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads.  

A big part of books that pass this requirement are not yet published books – which is the reason why they have such a low number of ratings or books in polish, that were not translated into English.

Tears in the Grass by Lynda A. Archer

Literary Fiction | Contemporary Women |  Native American & Aboriginal


Pub Date: March 19th, 2016

My Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads | Numer of ratings: 50 | Average rating: 4.08

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A fresh and poignant story of three generations of Cree women — Elinor, Louise, and Alice — setting out to uncover a long-buried secret that will change all of their lives. Set in the Qu’Appelle Valley and prairies in the late 1960s, the novel confronts the trauma of residential schools, and the long, dark shadow they cast over the present.

It is such a beautiful story. I loved it. The writing is marvelous, descriptions of nature were mystical and brilliant. I just devoured them. I encourage everyone to read it, especially if you are looking for a book with characters from minorities that are overlooked in modern fiction.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Fiction | LGBT+ | Feminism

28648863Pub Date: January 18th, 2016

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads | Numer of ratings: 338 | Average rating: 4.52

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Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Another book with characters from minorities. This book is very intense, so much wisdom about feminism and lives of people of color is packed into this pages. I was challenged to read about matters that are completely unknown to me, and I loved it. I love the language of the book; it’s written with so much wit.

I liked Juliet’s little brother Lil’ Melvin. What a character! All his comments were perfect. And we share love for Twix bars 🙂

Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis  by Alexis Coe

Nonfiction | History | Gender Studies | LGBT+

20256746Pub Date: October 7, 2014

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads | Numer of ratings: 638 | Average rating: 3.24

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In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn’t her crime that shocked the nation-it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again.

Alice + Freda Forever recounts this tragic, real-life love story with over 100 illustrated love letters, maps, artifacts, historical documents, newspaper articles, courtroom proceedings, and intimate, domestic scenes-painting a vivid picture of a sadly familiar world.

Ok, it looks like so far all the underrated books I read and I can recommend, have diverse characters in them, either from an ethnic minority of a sexual minority. That was not planned. Anyway, Alica + Freda Forever is a very unusual and true story that most of us have no knowledge about. Highly recommended if you are interested in a historical view on lesbian romances in late 19th century in the US.

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living by Jes Baker

Nonfiction | Motivational & Inspirational | Women | Cultural Studies | Feminism | Self-help

24796533Pub Date: October 27th, 2015

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads | Numer of ratings: 697 | Average rating: 4.14

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Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is a manifesto and call to arms for people of all sizes and ages. With her trademark wit, veteran blogger and advocate Jes Baker calls people everywhere to embrace a body-positive worldview, changing perceptions about weight, and making mental health a priority.

Alongside notable guest essayists, Jes shares personal experiences paired with in-depth research in a way that is approachable, digestible, and empowering. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is an invitation to reject fat prejudice, fight body-shaming at the hands of the media, and join this life-changing movement with one step: change the world by loving your body.

Excellent and inspirational read! I was highlighting so many passages. I will have to reread it and reread it because this book just makes me feel good! Good about my body, about my life, good abut myself and everything. It is filled with positive thoughts! A must read for everyone, no matter if you are a fat girl or not. Because everyone needs a body positivity and this book is filled with it. I wished everyone read it and started living by it. Also, Jes debunks so many ‘fat people myths’! I loved it. It also gave me a well researched, and fact-based ammunition for fights with anyone about my body.

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh

Fiction | Psychological | Crime | Love, Sex & Marriage

18300182Pub Date: May 2014

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads | Numer of ratings: 1714 | Average rating: 3.54

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A dark and twisted tale of personal training and abject codependency in the fading glitter of Miami’s South Beach, from the author of Trainspotting. First time in paperback. Anchor Books.

When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms an apparently crazed gunman, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind. Within hours, Lucy becomes a hero. The solitary eye-witness, the depressed and overweight Lena Sorenson, thrilled by Lucy’s heroism and decisiveness, becomes obsessed with the trainer and enrolls as a client at her Bodysculpt gym. It quickly becomes clear that Lena is more interested in Lucy’s body than her own, and a budding fatal attraction takes hold. However, it’s when Lucy imprisons Lena, and can’t stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, that the real problems start. In Lucy and Lena, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sadomasochistic folie à deux in contemporary fiction. The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time—how we look and where we live—and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.

Very disturbing read. And it is marked as Women’s Literary Fiction on Amazon for some reason. Is it because one of the main characters is working on losing weight?! Come on Amazon! It is also categorized as Humour and Satire, but I don’t remember it as being any of those. Anyway, it is an unusual story that gives your lot to think about.

Conversations with an Executioner by Kazimierz Moczarski

Nonfiction | Polish Lit | History | War | Biography

81kmlpyxbqlPub Date: May 1984

My Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads | Numer of ratings: 1204 | Average rating: 4.08

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An incredible 255 day long interview with the German Officer who liquidated the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw at the end of the Second World War.

This book will give you insight in to this Nazi mind through the eyes of the Polish interviewer who was in prison with him. Imprisoned by the Communists Kazimierz Moczarski, who had been head of the propaganda department of the Polish Underground, found himself in the same cell as SS General Jurgen Stroop. The General, unrepentant until the end, gives insight into his own thinking and ideas, how he became a Nazi and what motivated him to do what he did.

Book I read back in high school that made a profound impression on me. It’s a story of a life of Jürgen Stroop – SS General that commanded demolition of Warsaw Getto. The author spent with him long days in a prison and later wrote down his life story, this makes it a unique portrait of a war criminal, his personal life, his childhood and outlook on his actions during the war. Stroop was eventually was tried, convicted, and hanged for crimes against humanity.

I didn’t manage to create a top ten list, some books that underrated probably should stay like that. And other books didn’t qualify on the list because there were just or not yet published.

Anything from my list that you found interesting? Is anything going to you TBR list? What are your underrated books?


4 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Underrated – book with less than 2000 ratings

  1. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    So many great choices! And definitely underrated, because I hadn’t heard of any of them except Juliet Takes A Breath. I’m definitely interested in Alice + Freda Forever as well as Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • olaczerniecka says:

      Thank you 🙂 Alice + Freda Forever is a different kind of book with a true life love story that we rarely hear about. And Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is amazing, read it! It is a great inspirational book, which I believe will help some of us change how we look at our bodies and other people bodies. I you have a body – read it 😉


    • olaczerniecka says:

      Thank you! I was surprised myself how diverse my list was of underrated books. Alice + Freda is really interesting, let me know when you read it!


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