Happy Friday, book nerds!
I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve got a pretty jam-packed weekend ahead of me — starting with last night’s festivities. You see, yesterday was my sister-in-law’s birthday and to celebrate we went to see Crazy Rich Asians. And y’all it DELIVERS. This movie was so good and SO worthy of your time. Support this film and go see it ASAP so we can fangirl about it together!!! As for tonight, I’ll be attempting to toggle between my niece’s 8-year-old birthday party at a trampoline park (Lord, help me!) and a Harry Potter trivia night with some awesome fellow bloggers. Saturday is full of chores and errand running and another birthday party. And Sunday — you guessed it — I’ve got a 1-year-old’s birthday party to attend. Add in reading, blogging, catching up on some sleep, and watching (and rewatching) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and that’s pretty much my weekend.
So a few weeks ago I posted my MOST POPULAR BOOKS ON MY TBR list, and while that shame game was fun, I thought I would flip the script (like I’ve seen a few book friends do), and show off my LEAST POPULAR BOOKS ON MY TBR!
Want to play along?
Head over to your Goodreads Want To Read/TBR/Whatever Catchy Name You’ve Branded It shelf and sort your books by the number of ratings category. (If it’s not listed look at your settings and add “num ratings.”) Take the TOP TEN least popular books (the first ten) and get them some love.
**For my list I left off anything that hasn’t been published yet (sorry ARCs) and anything that hasn’t been published for AT LEAST 6 months so the books that actually need the love can get some.**
Ready to check out the 10 that made my list??
1) Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
Current Rating: 4.19/5 Current # Of Ratings: 647 Pub. Date: 09/19/17
A Shakespearean retelling of Much Ado About Nothing set in 1920s prohibition era? A cast of snarky characters and an enemies-to-lovers plot line? WHY am I sleeping on this historical contemporary, again?
2) The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson
Current Rating: 4.09/5 Current # Of Ratings: 608 Pub. Date: 01/01/18
An intense and twisty YA story that’s being compared to The Hunger Games involving dinosaurs? DINOSAURS? Yeah, I’m mad at myself for not having marked this adventure thriller as “read” yet.
3) Flight Season by Marie Marquardt
Current Rating: 4.19/5 Current # Of Ratings: 345 Pub. Date: 02/20/18
I haven’t heard a lot about this emotional read (kind of the point of this post), but from what I’ve gleaned, it’s a diverse story told in a trio of narratives that touches on everything from the U.S. education system and immigration to love and loss. Fans claim it’s worth every ounce of hype and demand that it flies off TBR lists pronto.
4) The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
Current Rating: 4.07/5 Current # Of Ratings: 293 Pub. Date: 10/10/17
One of the handful of horror stories that earns a place on my TBR, The Hollow Girl is a dark paranormal read about a girl seeking vengeance — via body part removal — on the men who abused her childhood friend. This Romani-inspired tale feels more apropos for fall and hopefully will be one of my first Halloween reads this season.
5) The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
Current Rating: 3.83/5 Current # Of Ratings: 229 Pub. Date: 05/09/17
Have you met the elusive Duke? If not, let me tell you a little about his story. This novel is a Great Gatsby retelling centered around a pretentious high school debate team and its’ members. As a proud former member of my high school LD debate team & a Gatsby fan, this contemporary seems like one I could get invested in.
6) This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton
Current Rating: 4.11/5 Current # Of Ratings: 210 Pub. Date: 02/02/17
I’m a straight up sucker for music-themed stories so it’s shocking to me that I haven’t read this London-based contemporary. With songs for chapter titles, supportive female friendships, and an overall theme of self-discovery this novel needs to be shuffled into my soon-to-be-read mix.
7) In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers
Current Rating: 4.10/5 Current # Of Ratings: 167 Pub. Date: 03/21/16
I can’t recall how I came across this angsty title, but the reviews claim it’s one heck of a ride. Before Hope (the story’s catalyst) dies, she sends her 4 besties on a scavenger hunt through NYC to teach them how to confront the issues plaguing their lives. Full of diverse voices and issues the story serves as a reminder that even in the darkest times you will always have hope.
8) Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza
Current Rating: 4.18/5 Current # Of Ratings: 147 Pub. Date: 02/26/18
This YA novel opens with our 17-year-old MC receiving a heart transplant and how she and her zany family embrace “survivor’s guilt.” Every review I’ve read says TISSUES are a must and that honestly might be what’s keep me from cracking this one open.
9) We Won’t Feel A Thing by J.C. Lillis
Current Rating: 4.01/5 Current # Of Ratings: 103 Pub. Date: 03/29/14
While this isn’t as highly praised as Lillis other novels, it’s synopsis is one of the most intriguing. Facing a cross-country move our young MCs decide to partake in a 6-step scientific intervention program that will devolve their love into platonic friendship. Seems very YA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, no?
10) Pen & Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp
Current Rating: 4.52/5 Current # Of Ratings: 29 Pub. Date: 10/31/17
Maybe it’s from the lack of reviews, but any contemporary that ranks at over 4.5 Stars is going to catch my interest. Add in glowing reviews from bloggers I trust, and you can see why this made the list.
You’ve made it to the end and now know the LEAST POPULAR READS ON MY TBR!! Have any of you lovely readers read any of these little-loved books? Do you have any of these titles on YOUR TBR? Did this list inspire you to add any of these novels to your lists? Let me know below!!
And, as always: Happy Reading!