Best Lesser-Known Books

A list of books that deserve more popularity and credit than they have.
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4.06 avg rating — 9,382 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 13,330 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 21,526 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 11,397 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 266 ratings
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4.46 avg rating — 184 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 21,308 ratings
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25

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4.34 avg rating — 1,579 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 31,050 ratings
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28

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3.79 avg rating — 15,672 ratings
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29

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4.44 avg rating — 287 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 15,056 ratings
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31

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38

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42

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44

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45

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47

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48

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4.47 avg rating — 213 ratings
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49

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4.42 avg rating — 267 ratings
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51

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3.68 avg rating — 16,622 ratings
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52

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53

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3.69 avg rating — 32,928 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 30,856 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 517 ratings
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3.15 avg rating — 1,568 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 1,864 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 2,159 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 526,267 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 322 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 140,516 ratings
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1,542 books · 1,416 voters · list created November 28th, 2008 by Vanna (votes) .
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Vanna 286 books
35 friends
Sean 274 books
498 friends
Laramort 2580 books
69 friends
Sigal 312 books
30 friends
Mary 9 books
0 friends
Yuki 2 books
1 friend
Emily 1409 books
20 friends
Jacob 546 books
127 friends

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message 1: by Bevin (new)

Bevin How does "The Host" qualify as a lesser known book? It was an instant best seller and continues to dominate the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list. Seriously.


message 2: by Melinda (new)

Melinda I second that.

Also "The Little Prince." Very well known, in fact.


message 3: by ♥BookGeek♥ (new)

♥BookGeek♥ And the Battle of the Labyrinth, Percy Jackson is a popular series...


message 4: by Mandy (new)

Mandy The Giver and Beauty are also both very popular


message 5: by ♥BookGeek♥ (new)

♥BookGeek♥ I don't know about Beauty. But yeah I forgot about The Giver being on here...


message 6: by ecka (new)

ecka wow ^^


message 7: by ♥BookGeek♥ (new)

♥BookGeek♥ ??


message 9: by Raphaelus (new)

Raphaelus Eh Percy Jackson has a hollywood movie,


message 10: by Jessup (new)

Jessup The Giver shouldn't be on here.


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Someone remove The Giver and the Pearcy Jackson one. They're definately well-know, the former being required reading for middle schoolers in many school districts


message 12: by Jan (last edited Aug 26, 2010 12:17PM) (new)

Jan Sarah wrote: "Someone remove The Giver and the Pearcy Jackson one. They're definately well-know, the former being required reading for middle schoolers in many school districts"

I'll delete both the Percy Jackson's (if it has a movie, it's known) and The Giver.

Edit: That's done, and I also deleted Never Let Me Go, since that has a movie too.


message 13: by Marion (new)

Marion I Capture the Castle and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall have movies too....but even they aren't known...


message 15: by Daria (new)

Daria Removed a few books that weren't at all lesser-known.


message 16: by John (last edited Aug 26, 2011 06:40AM) (new)

John Scott I don't think you can say that "A Fine Balance" is lesser known - a critically aclaimed best seller that was on Oprah's list. No Oprah book should qualify as lesser known. I saw Andromeda Strain here too - a New York Times Best Seller. But worst of all, The Lovely Bones ...


message 17: by Tegan (new)

Tegan The Host definitely should not be on here, it instantly went on best seller lists. And The Lovely Bones is really well known too, especially now that the movie is out.


message 18: by Mir (new)

Mir I don't think anything by Pratchett had be considered "little known" -- We Free Men has almost 12,000 ratings!


message 19: by Feathzzz (new)

Feathzzz I think this is one of the highest quality most appropriate lists I've seen.


message 20: by Janedoejournals (new)

Janedoejournals Daughter of the Flames should totally qualify! I would show it to the world if I had the resources. I. LOVE. That. Book. >w<


message 21: by Noneya (new)

Noneya I loved Daughter of the Flames too!


message 22: by Mandi (new)

Mandi I removed The Host and The Lovely Bones. I don't think any book with more than 100k reviews can be considered "lesser known". Personally I would cap it at 50k reviews, but since I haven't read the ones that would be excluded by that rule, I'll leave them.


message 23: by Jack (new)

Jack Interview with John Greene (Author of The Fault In Our Stars) in Goodreads All Sorts!: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/9...


message 24: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 13, 2013 05:07AM) (new)

Booklovinglady There are so many lesser known books that deserve a lot more popularity and credit than they have... I went through my own list for this Listopia and only added lesser known books that I had given four or five stars. The books I added have not been read by a lot of GR members, as all books added have a low number of ratings.

To name just a few of my votes: The Rape of Tamar by Dan Jacobson, The God Boy by Ian Cross, Uncle Piper of Piper's Hill by Tasma, Prelude To Christopher by Eleanor Dark and In The Winter Dark by Tim Winton. And that's just my top five... :-)


message 25: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 13, 2013 05:09AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Mandi wrote: "I removed The Host and The Lovely Bones. I don't think any book with more than 100k reviews can be considered "lesser known". Personally I would cap it at 50k reviews, but since I haven't read the ..."

I also noticed (very) popular books like The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Villete and Wives and Daughters. Those classics shouldn't be on this list either, in my opinion, as they can hardly be called 'lesser known'. But then again, that might just be a matter of opinion... :-0


message 26: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I don't think Pride and Prejudice or To Kill a Mockingbird belong on this list. Both have over 1 million ratings. Otherwise, a fantastic list!!!


message 27: by Carolina (new)

Carolina Morales Booklovinglady wrote: "Mandi wrote: "I removed The Host and The Lovely Bones. I don't think any book with more than 100k reviews can be considered "lesser known". Personally I would cap it at 50k reviews, but since I hav..."

It varies according to the country. In Brazil, i.e., Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are the only Brontë sisters novels known by more than 10 people.


message 28: by Carolina (new)

Carolina Morales Booklovinglady wrote: "Mandi wrote: "I removed The Host and The Lovely Bones. I don't think any book with more than 100k reviews can be considered "lesser known". Personally I would cap it at 50k reviews, but since I hav..."

It varies according to the country. In Brazil, i.e., Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are the only Brontë sisters novels known by more than 10 people.


message 29: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 15, 2015 01:53AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Carrie wrote: "It varies according to the country. ..."

I know, as I'm Dutch, and here it is a different matter altogether as well. But as the differences by country can be huge, I thought I'd better have a look at number of readers mentioned on GR ...


message 30: by Justin (new)

Justin Purwitsky To Kill a Mockingbird has to be the most popular Lesser Known Book of all time lol...


message 31: by Heidi (new)

Heidi How can To Kill a Mockingbird be a lesser known book when it has 3,275,202 ratings?


ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω Throne of Glass is on here? People will NOT shut up about that series. It's EVERYWHERE! Same with Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles. Both series are far from "lesser known."


message 33: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Cant say I believe in this list any more. There are far too many well knowen books on here.


message 34: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 02, 2019 02:57AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Rachel wrote: "Cant say I believe in this list any more. There are far too many well knowen books on here."

I agree. The Bone People (#79), to name just one, won the Booker, for Pete's sake. But I guess as the voters come from different countries, it is different to all what is 'lesser known'.


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