Books You Wish More People Knew About
A list of books that you love, but don't hear mentioned too often.

NO BESTSELLERS OR BOOKS THAT ARE BEING MADE INTO MOVIES. So no Hunger Games, no City of Bones, no Harry Potter.
ONLY books with UNDER 20,000 ratings on GR
489 Lamikorda
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings
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502 How to Flirt with a Naked W...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 10,553 ratings
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502 Soul Cutter
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 60 ratings
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502 Small Circles
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 41 ratings
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505 The Torah Codes
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 90 ratings
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505 Choices 86,400 a Day
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 19 ratings
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505 Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 9,082 ratings
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505 The Devil's Eyes (The Devil...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 2,911 ratings
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509 The Chinaberry Tree
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 26 ratings
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509 Waiting for Romeo (Romeo, #2)
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 194 ratings
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511 [sic]
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 119 ratings
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511 Fuzzy Green Things
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 24 ratings
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511 The Beckoning of Beautiful ...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 44 ratings
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511 Clearly's Corruption (Witch...
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4.59 of 5 stars 4.59 avg rating — 22 ratings
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515 The Life and Opinions of Tr...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 10,394 ratings
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515 Mid Ocean
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 149 ratings
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515 The Scourge (Brilliant Dark...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 2,408 ratings
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518 Meditation on Space-Time
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 15 ratings
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518 Fresh Ice
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 262 ratings
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520 She (She, #1)
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 5,413 ratings
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521 Ash Magic (Kirean Magic, #1)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 16 ratings
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521 The Third Policeman
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 7,928 ratings
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521 Lykaia
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 58 ratings
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521 Submersed
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 135 ratings
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521 A Different Blue
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 10,097 ratings
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526 Street Magic (The Circle Op...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 14,325 ratings
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526 Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 18,042 ratings
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526 Odd and the Frost Giants
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 11,938 ratings
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526 Waffles and Pancakes
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4.77 of 5 stars 4.77 avg rating — 144 ratings
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526 Sudden Hope
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 91 ratings
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526 Free Fall
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4.79 of 5 stars 4.79 avg rating — 78 ratings
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532 Anomaly (The New Haven Proj...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 81 ratings
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532 Falling Back Together (Cras...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 102 ratings
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532 The Rose Red Reaper
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 41 ratings
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535 The Modern Man: A philosoph...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 38 ratings
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536 Madness and Murder (Jackson...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 77 ratings
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536 Raintree County
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 597 ratings
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536 Eternal Darkness, Blood King
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2.96 of 5 stars 2.96 avg rating — 48 ratings
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539 Midnight Riot (Peter Grant,...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 19,082 ratings
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540 Between
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 5,821 ratings
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540 Deerskin
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 13,128 ratings
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540 Walks Away Woman
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 294 ratings
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543 love never ends
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 25 ratings
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543 Opulence Among Us
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
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543 Pieces of Jade (Pirates of ...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 69 ratings
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546 The Prophecy of Arcadia (Ar...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 93 ratings
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547 Precipice
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 128 ratings
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547 Forget You
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 18,829 ratings
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547 Providence (Providence, #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 19,668 ratings
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547 The Cloud Roads (Books of t...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 2,148 ratings
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551 Desert Rice (Desert, #1)
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 130 ratings
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551 Hannah's Voice
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 102 ratings
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553 Smoky Rooms
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 9 ratings
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554 Rooftops of Tehran
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 3,809 ratings
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555 Magic Hour
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 20,297 ratings
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555 Sterling (Mageri, #1)
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 4,321 ratings
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555 The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitt...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,628 ratings
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555 Bellwether
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 5,739 ratings
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559 The Way We Fall (Fallen Wor...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 4,875 ratings
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559 The Forbidden Game (The For...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 14,847 ratings
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561 Ancestors & Angels
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 21 ratings
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561 The Shamer's Daughter (The ...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 3,770 ratings
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563 Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Rep...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 2,322 ratings
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564 The Black Jewels Trilogy: D...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 8,094 ratings
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564 The Restorer (Graveyard Que...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,895 ratings
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566 Ship of Destiny (Liveship T...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 19,612 ratings
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567 The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 1,567 ratings
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567 The Bench (Rocky Meadow Mys...
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 50 ratings
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567 Poison Princess (The Arcana...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 17,573 ratings
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570 Okay for Now
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 15,970 ratings
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571 Take This Regret (Take This...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 16,722 ratings
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572 Sui Generis
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings
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573 Wizard of the Crow
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 1,191 ratings
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573 My Unfair Godmother (My Fai...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 4,327 ratings
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575 The Fionavar Tapestry (The ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 3,851 ratings
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576 Milkweed
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 14,021 ratings
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576 Dark Currents (The Emperor'...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 2,717 ratings
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578 Camille (Camille, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,149 ratings
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579 The Lives of Christopher Ch...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 14,171 ratings
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580 Turning Point
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 57 ratings
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580 A Bite's Tale
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 302 ratings
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582 The Man Who Was Thursday
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 15,227 ratings
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583 Crux
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 840 ratings
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583 Fatherland
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 13,360 ratings
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583 Dragon Slippers (Dragon Sli...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 14,965 ratings
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586 Hunger
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 15,923 ratings
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587 The Owl Service
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 2,578 ratings
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587 Wanted: Dead or Undead (The...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 363 ratings
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589 Pride Mates (Shifters Unbou...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 8,812 ratings
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589 Plain Kate
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 3,645 ratings
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591 Five Quarters of the Orange
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 19,128 ratings
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591 Being Human
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 103 ratings
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593 Ruined (Ruined, #1)
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 8,912 ratings
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594 Dark Triumph (His Fair Assa...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 11,487 ratings
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595 Here, There Be Dragons (Chr...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 6,205 ratings
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596 Vampires Rule (The Rule #1)
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 423 ratings
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597 Gone
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 80 ratings
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598 Coffeehouse Angel
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 4,925 ratings
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599 Blood Engines (Marla Mason,...
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 1,990 ratings
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600 Goodbye to All That
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 4,870 ratings
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11,530 books · 11,338 voters · list created December 28th, 2010 by Kathy (Kindle-aholic) (votes) .
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message 1: by Orli (new)

Orli i love the hunger games but if anything i wish LESS people knew about them.....how are they on this list?


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) Orli wrote: "i love the hunger games but if anything i wish LESS people knew about them.....how are they on this list?"

I think you'd find Hunger Games on a list of best vampire romances, too. Some folks just see a list and have to put their favorite book on it. For the most part, people have been putting less known books up - and my TBR list thanks them. :)


message 3: by Eden (new)

Eden If it makes top 100 on this list, it becomes rather pointless for it to be on the list.


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) Eden wrote: "If it makes top 100 on this list, it becomes rather pointless for it to be on the list."

If hundreds of people were voting, then maybe. But #100 has 5 voters - I think there is still room to spread the word.


message 5: by April (last edited Jun 13, 2011 12:49PM) (new)

April The whole point of a list like this is to spread the word about books that may have been overlooked for some reason or another and are worthy of a reminder that they are out there and ready to be enjoyed. I don't think it is a popularity contest - though some people tend to make everything into a popularity contest - but that doesn't negate the good a list like this can do for wonderful books that have been overlooked.

Find new books. READ. ENJOY.


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) Well said, April! :)


message 7: by Ash (new)

Ash I agree with April! ;)


message 8: by Breanne (new)

Breanne Tiger saga all the way :)


message 9: by Carlos (new)

Carlos Jr. Check out the next BEST series.....The Ancient Warriors Series!!!


message 11: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Cummings I love how the books that I wish everyone knew about are actually at the end of the list!


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

If a book is at the top end of the list, doesn't it defeat the purpose of the list? The fact that The Hunger Games won, in fact means that many people actually know about it.


message 13: by Hp (new)

Hp Tan Yes, Elsewhere!!! It's soo underrated!!!


message 14: by Dan (new)

Dan Michelle wrote: "I love how the books that I wish everyone knew about are actually at the end of the list!"

That's an excellent point for this list. There should be a note at the top of the list somehow :D

I just skipped voting on anything in the first page and started on the second page. Most people probably don't like to dig through a large list.


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) This list has just gotten huge. I made a PArt 2 - please note the rule: No bestsellers or books that are becoming movies.

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/14...

And go!


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* Seriously? Most of the books at the top are already best-sellers. x_x
Of course, it's kind of impossible to come up with a list like this, since obviously the books with more readers are going to get more votes. :P


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

For something fresh, and top quality, (fantasy romance), read The Ballad of Young Tam Lin. Just out in October, it should shoot to the top of the list.


message 18: by Brent (new)

Brent Doesn't everybody like the Hunger games?I mean, come on! Pretty much everybody knows about the trilogy.(5 stars, by the way.)


message 19: by Steven (new)

Steven The Hunger Games is a new York times best seller, and it is being made into a movie. I think enough people know about it. In fact, that's true with a large percentage of the books on this list.


message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

Wait, not EVERYONE in the world knows about The Hunger Games. Since there is room for growth, if you want to torture the meaning of "I wish more people knew about," any bestseller qualifies. Also, what about all those people on other planets? Shouldn't they know about it too? (In case anyone missed it, this is intended to be deeply ironic, and to support Steven's post).


message 21: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Howe The Soul Screamer series :)


message 22: by David (new)

David Bishop This list is 15 months old. A new one is needed.


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) David wrote: "This list is 15 months old. A new one is needed."

Then start one up! ;)


message 24: by David (new)

David Bishop Dear Kindle-aholic: Frankly that would be fun, but I am an author so I would not be able to be objective given my four mystery novels and those of friends. I mean the comment only in light of the list was old enough that it didn't inspire me to vote. I meant no criticism of those who did develop the current list. My The Beholder is currently ranked number 890 in Kindle paid sales and #24 in Police Procedurals.


message 25: by Nancy (new)

Nancy I wish a lot more people knew about the Spellman series (by Lisa Lutz), it's so darn funny!


message 26: by Ally (new)

Ally I just start from the last page of the list and scroll through to vote and find new reads.

I already know about the Hunger Games and Twilight. Now, let me find some new authors I can enjoy.


message 27: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Howe RACHEL VINCENT. :)


message 28: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Thanks to the success of the movie I think many people know about The Hunger Games. It's fantastic, it's just not unknown.


message 29: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith I've added two books to this list that I am relatively certain most of you have never heard of but I think, since you all seem to enjoy supernatural/paranormal fiction, that you will like them. I hope that you do. Please let me know.

The books are:
The Citizens (A Jazz Nemesis Novel)  by L.M.    Smith Dhampiri by L.M.    Smith


message 30: by Masha (new)

Masha Kindle-aholic -
We could moderate this list. We could remove books with more than 10k ratings. It will pare the list down. Opinions/comments?


message 31: by Batman (new)

Batman 2.o Ever heard of fablehaven? Hope so!


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) This list is a year and a half old, 36 pages long. I am not going to go through 36 pages to pare it down.


message 33: by Nic (new)

Nic ha... Hmmm. Divergent is in the process of being made into a movie... and is a bestseller. C=Vampire Academy too.. Heck a lot of them are. (bestseller, I mean)


message 34: by Masha (new)

Masha so, should i remove books with over - let's say - 20k ratings? I need some consensus, otherwise the librarian powers that be will take away my privileges (and i would hate that).


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) I'm all right with that, so long as you have the extra time to do it.


message 36: by Masha (new)

Masha ok, i cleaned out the first 2 pages. I will review and do more later. I think it looks and feels better. I like seeing unfamiliar books on the list.


message 37: by FallingAngels (new)

FallingAngels Batman wrote: "Ever heard of fablehaven? Hope so!"

Love that book! I'm reading book 4 now! BTW love this list!


message 38: by Kelly Maybedog (last edited Sep 19, 2012 03:50AM) (new)

Kelly Maybedog Didn't this used to be just fantasy books? I swear it used to be in the title and the majority are. If not, that's a way to split the list. Also, most of these are young adult books. Sigh.


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) It wasn't in the title, but in the beginning it was all fantasy books (adult + YA) because that's what I read. :)

You know, if you want to start your own "Adult Fantasy Books More People Should Know About" you can do that any time.


message 40: by Kelly Maybedog (new)

Kelly Maybedog Got it and good idea. I created a list recently but only three other people have voted so I suspect it isn't obvious. I mean, it might be a stupid list but you'd think someone would have voted. Any advice on how to make your list prominent?


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) I didn't do anything to promote this one. I just started it, some of my friends added books, and then it was off. You can send invites to your friends to vote on your list. I'd probably only do this if you're sure they'd like to do so.

I also think starting a list w/ "Best" makes it harder to find because so many lists start with that word.


message 42: by Kelly Maybedog (new)

Kelly Maybedog Okay. Thanks so much!


message 43: by Andrea (new)

Andrea I've seen a few books with more voters on this list than ratings... it smells fishy (and of sockpuppets...)

Anyway, it's an awesome list! I'd also suggest that sequels to books with more than 20,000 ratings shouldn't count either...


Kathy (Kindle-aholic) I do not want a sockpuppet hunt on my list. I don't agree with the practice of fake reviews, but I'm not about to start a battle over them.

This is about books. Please just keep it about books.


message 45: by Lauren (new)

Lauren The Thief! Yeah! That is one of my favorite books of all time, but I have never actually met anyone who has read it.


message 46: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Elsewhere was not a very good book lol and it has almost 20 000 ratings!


message 48: by Gordon (last edited Jan 24, 2013 01:53PM) (new)

Gordon Quite a motivating list, it helps to spread the word about books that are interesting but not yet well known. There are many lists about famous books, this is the first I see about (maybe) future famous books.

Io Deceneus - Journal of a Time Traveler by Florian Armas
This is really a good example of new speculative fiction, even when I did not finished yet the book.


message 49: by Earle (new)

Earle Blood of Ancient Kings
This book has been out for just over a year now and in the last 8 month has sold over 400 copies, is may be the sleeper of the year. Blood of Ancient Kings is a medieval story of love, honor, and courage.
As a young prince grows up and advances through the military ranks, with his true identity unknown to his friends, he meets a young girl and they become friends. As the years pass their friendship blossoms into true love, knowing that she already has an arranged marriage and he being royalty most certainly has one as well, they still continue with their relationship. As their friendship progresses he must be courageous as he goes through many trials, testing his love for her, his loyalty to the kingdom, and in doing what’s right as an officer and a gentleman. The story spans multiple generations, their families deal with many problems, going from the pain of death, to the joy of birth as they feel the blood of the ancient kings running through their veins.


message 50: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Ziko This list is way to long, :(


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