The obscure: Best books most haven't read (or even heard of)

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416 books · 313 voters · list created October 30th, 2008 by Sarah (votes) .
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message 13: by Xenophon (last edited Dec 15, 2010 06:24PM) (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Some of these books have thousands of ratings, so they definitely have been heard of.


message 12: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn So.......the MORE votes a book gets, the LESS it belongs on this list ?...........!


message 11: by Xenophon (last edited Dec 15, 2010 07:38PM) (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Thom wrote: "So.......the MORE votes a book gets, the LESS it belongs on this list ?...........!"

This is true--not votes, though, ratings.


message 10: by Kevin (new)

Kevin O'Keeffe I think its hilarious that "Watership Down" is considered obscure these days. Uh, by whom?


message 9: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Kevin wrote: "I think its hilarious that "Watership Down" is considered obscure these days. Uh, by whom?"

Kevin, I seldom read books about submarines.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I haven't read ones about rabbits since the 1970s. But it's certainly not obscure! (Nearly 50,000 ratings here at GR suggest it really isn't obscure.)


message 7: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Thom wrote: "Kevin wrote: "I think its hilarious that "Watership Down" is considered obscure these days. Uh, by whom?"

Kevin, I seldom read books about submarines."


Thom, Watership Down is the greatest rabbit epoch of all time (by default, I suppose--it's still a good book). No submarines.
I wouldn't put this on the list, because I wasn't that crazy about it, but if you want an obscure animal epoch, try theDuncton Wood series. You can read about the secret lives of British moles pretty much for the rest of your life.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'm really amused that a book with 55,000 ratings is in third place on this list, and one with 77,000 is in sixth place.


message 5: by Ellie [The Empress] (last edited Sep 22, 2013 10:18AM) (new)

Ellie [The Empress] Susanna wrote: "I'm really amused that a book with 55,000 ratings is in third place on this list, and one with 77,000 is in sixth place."

First place is 165,000 now


message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Watership Down was an out-of-the-box smash, one British reviewer crowing, "I announce with trembling pleasure the emergence of a great novel"....IMO, he was right.


Ellie [The Empress] Thom wrote: "So.......the MORE votes a book gets, the LESS it belongs on this list ?...........!"

The top book has 30 votes. BUT there should be a limit to the votes on the book itself. Currently the top book has above 180 000 votes. That is not un-popular book.

If the voters (list creator) agree to a maximum of votes per book, I or another librarian can edit the description and remove the books.


message 2: by MELISSIA (last edited Jun 07, 2015 03:55PM) (new)

MELISSIA LENOX The statistics are of less import when a book is listed and voted for on goodreads because we listmakers and listvoters are all avid ardent diverse readers however i assure you most of these books ARE obscure to the masses on goodreads or in the average reader world. Also, please consider that a vote on a goodreads list can have a plethora of meanings, only one of which is familiarity and another prior awareness.
Chill people chill.


message 1: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Running with scissors has 268,000 ratings and it is obscure??


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