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Books I Liked with Low GoodReads Scores – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They are great at bringing new top ten themes, and they have a huge list of them well in advance for those bloggers that like to plan super far ahead. You can learn about joining in here. I make a list of five instead of ten, just for your knowledge 

This week’s theme is books you’ve enjoyed with a GoodReads score of less than 2000. I will admit, I do not look at GoodReads scores. I look at the star rating and that’s about it. I didn’t even realize there were scores otherwise. In fact, I’m still not entirely sure I did it right. What I did discover is that I don’t read many books with low GoodReads scores. Oops. And so I made a list of the books I liked with low GoodReads scores, meaning under 10, 000.

Books I Liked with Low GoodReads Scores…

From lowest to highest score:

Poison by Lan ChanPoison (Wind Dancer #1)


Since the night her mother was murdered, sixteen-year-old Rory Gray has known one truth: There are no good Seeders.

In post-apocalyptic Australia, the scientists known as Seeders have built a Citadel surrounded by food-producing regions and populated with refugees from the wars and famine. To maintain their control, the Seeders poisoned the land and outlawed the saving of seeds.

It’s been six years since Rory graced the Seeders’ circus stage as the Wind Dancer and still the scars on her body haven’t healed. Even worse are the scars on her heart, left by a Seeder boy who promised to protect her.

Now the Seeders are withholding supplies from Rory’s region for perceived disobedience. Utilising the Wanderer knowledge she received from her mother, Rory must journey to the Citadel through uninhabitable terrain to plead for mercy.

However, the Citadel isn’t as Rory remembered. The chief plant geneticist is dying and rumours fly that the store of viable seed is dwindling. The Seeders are desperate to find a seed bank they believe Rory can locate, and they will stop at nothing to get it.

To defy the Seeders means death. But Rory has been close to death before–this time she’s learned the value of poison.

What I Liked: I will admit, when I first starting reading this I despised it. DESPISED. But once I got to the second half I started to enjoy it and I am very likely going to read the next book when it comes out. It has a really great and unique concept as far as dystopias go too. So in short, keep going, it gets better. You can also read my review of it.

Play Dead by Angela MarsonsPlay Dead (DI Kim Stone #4)


The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen.
The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.

Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.

Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next?

As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …?

What I Liked: I’m fairly certain that I often discuss this series at a length on my blog. It’s got a badass lady detective and her motley crew. And it’s got mysterious serial killers in literally every book. And it’s set in the UK and so they use Briticisms and whatnot and I just like it, okay? You can also read my review for this one.

Do Not Disturb by A. R. TorreDo Not Disturb (Deanna Madden #2)


Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the daring erotic thriller, The Girl in 6E, by A.R. Torre.

1. Don’t leave the apartment.
2. Never let anyone in.
3. Don’t kill anyone.

The rules were simple and I broke them.
Now I must face the consequences.
Everyone else must face me.

What I Liked: I preferred this book to the first novel, one because there were no pedophiles, and two because the villain was actually a really terrible villain. Moreover, you get to see more of characters that have some actual personality. Versus the MC’s boyfriend who is mostly just unadorned man-meat. Read my review here.

Retribution by Jilliane HoffmanRetribution (CJ Townsend #1)


C.J. Townsend is a brilliant prosecutor known for keeping her cool even when trying the most horrific cases. The latest: an accused serial killer who savors cruelty and considers murder an art. But this case is different. C.J. recognizes the suspect. She knows what he’s capable of. After all these years she still has the nightmares to prove it. Now she’s walking a fine line between justice and revenge. Even C.J. isn’t prepared for where it will take her.

What I Liked: I honestly didn’t expect to like this one at all, but it blew me away and is my highest rated on this whole list, despite not having the highest GoodReads score on this list. It’s a legal thriller that takes you through the mind of a woman learning to move fast a horrific crime that comes up again years later. And I know ‘legal’ thriller doesn’t sound very exciting but trust me when I say that it definitely is. Read the review here.

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee AhdiehThe Rose and The Dagger (The Wrath and The Dawn #2)


The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

What I Liked: Can I just say first, I’m super shocked that this has less than 10k ratings. I thought this was super popular, but maybe it’s part of being a sequel and also being a somewhat recent release? Anyhow! While I didn’t like this one as much as the first book it was still a great read in its own right, and it had cute romancy bits and magic. Not nearly enough magic, but magic nonetheless. You can read my thoughts on it here.

What are some books with low GoodReads scores that you’ve liked? Or underrated books you think need more attention?


  • Tracy Cornelius

    July 14, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    I’m not sure what you mean by a ‘low score’ or how to find this info on Goodreads. I look at the star rating and the number of ratings a book has had. There is also a hotlink for ratings details (info in there didn’t quite look like what you are referring to) and reviews. Is there somewhere else I can find this, I am now very curious. I use & love Goodreads sooooooo much!

    • ltlibrarian

      July 15, 2016 at 8:58 AM

      The GoodReads score (at least as noted by the Broke and the Bookish who host the Top Ten Tuesday meme) is the number of ratings, and the prompt was to do books with numbers lower than 2000. But I couldn’t find 10 I read with that number so I did books with ratings under 10, 000. Which is not abysmal by any means, but it’s not necessarily super popular. Low-Medium is probably more representative. But that doesn’t make for the best title haha

    • ltlibrarian

      July 10, 2016 at 4:20 PM

      If you liked The Wrath and The Dawn then I would for sure suggest going onto The Rose and The Dagger if only to see how it ends. It is strange how sometimes the books we think are popular aren’t as much.

  • Tori @ InToriLex

    July 7, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    I’ve been meaning to read the first book in the Deanna Madden series, o im happy to see its a sequel. It always surprises me when I see a book like Wrath of teh Dawn that has so much promo, not have alot of ratings!

    • ltlibrarian

      July 7, 2016 at 10:37 AM

      The first two books of Deanna Madden are good, and entertaining for sure. The last one just made me pissed off, so that may be one to steer clear of. And yesss, The Wrath and The Dawn was everywhere with promo so I was super shocked to see that the second book didn’t have as many reviews.

  • Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    July 6, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Being an aspiring attorney myself, I am super curious about Retribution. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it sounds FANTASTIC. Thanks for putting it under my radar! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! <3

    • ltlibrarian

      July 6, 2016 at 7:58 PM

      It is really cool! And you’ll probably enjoy the legal jargon and specifics they go over. Those are the bits I glossed over in places, but still enjoyed it as a layman.

  • Glaiza

    July 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    I’m all for reading more SFF books set in Australia! *Adding Poison to my TBR.* I have a copy of The Rose and The Dawn to read soon, so I’ll definitely come back to read your thoughts on the sequel afterwards. I miss doing Top Ten Tuesdays but I quite like this theme, so maybe I’ll make a list too.

    • ltlibrarian

      July 6, 2016 at 8:43 AM

      Yes! It’s kind of a weird future Australia, but Australia nonetheless! You should definitely get back on the TTT bandwagon. I dropped off myself for a bit, but I like seeing everyone else’s list. And you can always do less than 10 if that helps with being committed 🙂

  • Stacie

    July 5, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Hmm, I have not heard of any of these besides The Rose and the Dagger. I’m definitely going to have to check some of these out. I always like a good mystery!


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