There are so many great books out there that don’t get noticed nearly enough. These are all books that I gave 5 stars to, but that have less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. I thought it would be fun to talk about some of these books, and hopefully get them some more love, which they all deserve!
I decided to limit it to one book per author (because, unfortunately, there are several books from some of these authors that have less than 2000 ratings). I also decided to only list books that I really remember and genuinely stand by my original 5 star rating. (My book taste has changed quite a bit in the past few years, so there are books that I rated 5 stars several years ago that would probably not get that rating from me now).
Let’s get to it!
Made For More: My Story of God’s Grace and Glory by Lauren Elizabeth Miller (4 Ratings)
We desire to know our lives matter, and we live in a world that craves more, but what is more? We’re bombarded with messages about what more looks like and how we can successfully live a life of being made for more. Perfection is a constant measure of success, and we manipulate plans so we feel like we are making an impact. In the end, we are empty and exhausted.
Author Lauren Elizabeth Miller has lived this and felt this on a deep level. She’s walked through the emptiness and exhaustion that stems from trying to be perfect and never fail. She’s also felt the redemption and restoration that only God can provide.
In Made for More, Miller shares her life story and the freedom and redemption she found through complete surrender to God’s plan for her life. She tells how obedience matters more than any outcome and that being made for more is simply living a life that stems from God’s grace. When we understand this, it changes everything.
~~ This was such a wonderful book! To be completely candid, it was written by a friend of mine, and while reading it feels like I’m sitting in the same room with her, having a heart to heart. I love books that I can relate to, and her struggle with perfectionism is so like my own. Her book deserves to be read and loved by so many more people! Here is my review for her book, if you are interested.
A Soul Full of Stars by Bree Lauren (33 Ratings)
Sonnet Cole wants nothing less than absolute poetic devastation at the hands of a broken heart. After all, how else will she know that hers is beating?
If you ask her best friend and tattoo artist Vaughn, however, he’ll tell you (with an eye roll) that she is far too caught up in her excessive dream world to ever fall in love in the first place. At 25 years old, Sonnet has curated a near-perfect life for herself: She owns an artistic salon right next door to her two best friends’ tattoo parlor, both of which harbor fantastically interesting clients. She lives in an adorable loft right in the middle of the city, she satisfies her love of poetry in her spoken word group, she lives for making her melancholy twin sister and mother of two laugh with stories of her “life of luxurious freedom.”
There is one very important thing missing from Sonnet’s life, though. She’s never been in love. More importantly, she’s never had a broken heart, and that’s what she craves most as a poet and as a human being.
And what better way to confirm that she is alive than to have her heart ripped from her chest?
But when Sonnet finally gets what she wants, well, we all know how that is going to end. Or do we?
Filled with steamy poetry, sex-positive tones, hilarious and beautiful friendships, loyal sisterhood, and (maybe) more than one epic love, A Soul Full of Stars will have those belly butterflies swarming.
~~Again, to be completely candid, Bree Lauren is someone I consider a friend. She writes the blog In Love & Words, and she has always been such an inspiration to me as a blogger. However, I picked up her book on my own, and I loved it! I was able to read it in about a day, because I couldn’t put it down. The characters are such fun, and the love story between Sonnet and Hunter is absolutely wonderful. It is a fantastic romance that deserves more readership!!
Hindenburg, 1937 by Cameron Dokey (526 Ratings)
To escape the increasing brutality of the Nazi regime in 1937 Germany, Anna Becker plans to sneak aboard the Hindenburg just before its inaugural voyage. Aided by a handsome young stranger named Eric, Anna manages to avoid notice — until she spots Karl, the man Anna once dreamed of marrying. As the great airship flies on its first and final journey, Anna, haunted by love and desperate for freedom in America, isn’t sure whom to trust.
~~This is a book that I fell in love with when I was in middle school. It was one of my first experiences with a well-written, clean romance. I was, and still am, super into historical fiction. This book does a great job of combining history with a captivating love story. I don’t even know if this is still in print, but I wish more people knew about it!
The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram (799 Ratings)
How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him?
From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels.
The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives.
Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right…even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend.
~~Kelly Oram has become one of my favorite YA authors, and she is so vastly underrated. This was a great read. I don’t read a ton of books with ghosts as main characters, but this succeeded in being sweet without being cheesy. I loved the relationship between Spencer and Bailey (as well as the one with Bailey and Wes). I never hear anyone talk about this book, or really about Kelly Oram in general, and I feel like she deserves a lot more attention than she gets.
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake (1,217 Ratings)
Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James navigates heart surgery, reconnections with a lost mother, first kisses, and emerging feelings for another girl.
When Sunny St. James receives a new heart, she decides to set off on a “New Life Plan”: 1) do awesome amazing things she could never do before; 2) find a new best friend; and 3) kiss a boy for the first time.
Her “New Life Plan” seems to be racing forward, but when she meets her new best friend Quinn, Sunny questions whether she really wants to kiss a boy at all. When the reemergence of her mother, Sunny begins a journey to becoming the new Sunny St. James.
~~ Oh, this book deserves so much more attention than it gets! I am in love with Ashley Herring Blake’s middle grade books. Her main character, Sunny, is so vibrant and full of life. Her supporting characters are fantastic. The journey that Sunny undertakes in this novel is poignant and lovely. I want more people to read this book! If you want to read more of my thoughts, here is my review.
Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey (1,377 Ratings)
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.
Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.
But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .
~~I love a good Regency romance. Combine that with a mystery and some good angst, and you have me hooked! I have so many more of Anstey’s books on my TBR since reading this book because it was so much fun. Imogene and Ben are fantastic characters. And the mystery aspect was more on the mad-cap caper side of things, which is always fun. Please read this book! Check out my full review for it here.
Have you read any of these books? What are some books you love that have less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads? Let’s talk in the comments!
Love and happy reading,