Best Unknown Books

Tired of always seeing the same books at the top of lists? Well this list is for books that people may not of heard of.
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4.34 avg rating — 7,647 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 6,682 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 742 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 53 ratings
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3.45 avg rating — 183 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 52 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 478 ratings
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4.49 avg rating — 189 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 727 ratings
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4.47 avg rating — 292 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 215 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 308 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 48 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 52 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 525 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 554 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 15,211 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 115 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 1,751 ratings
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3.45 avg rating — 810 ratings
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4.78 avg rating — 32 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 102 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 127 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 208 ratings
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3.24 avg rating — 290 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 216 ratings
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3.40 avg rating — 5 ratings
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3.38 avg rating — 71 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 5,171 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 252 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 407 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 281 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 2,962 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 530 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 3,139 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 5,684 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 73 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 226 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 6,471 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 21,949 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 107 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 118 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 340 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 25,609 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 120 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 2,793 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 2,075 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 824 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 283 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 183 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 309 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 3,563 ratings
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3.43 avg rating — 357 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 5,960 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 5,830 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 89 ratings
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3.43 avg rating — 312 ratings
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81

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3.94 avg rating — 9,386 ratings
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3.40 avg rating — 2,954 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 344 ratings
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2.95 avg rating — 76 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 8,811 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 8,827 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 7,532 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 2,099 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 75 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 644 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 14,499 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 3,757 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 2,312 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 10,959 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 18,840 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 234 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 183 ratings
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2,340 books · 2,094 voters · list created May 22nd, 2009 by Sir Bob (votes) .
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message 1: by bookworm729 (new)

bookworm729 What are Twilight and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone doing on this list?


message 2: by Aimmeigh (new)

Aimmeigh bookworm73 wrote: "What are Twilight and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone doing on this list?"

i was wondering the same thing


message 3: by Becky (last edited May 07, 2011 03:17PM) (new)

Becky bookworm73 wrote: "What are Twilight and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone doing on this list?"

I removed them... Definitely not "unknown" books by any stretch.


message 4: by James (new)

James Piper bookworm73 wrote: "What are Twilight and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone doing on this list?"

It's for the time travellers from the past.


message 5: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina James wrote: "bookworm73 wrote: "What are Twilight and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone doing on this list?"

It's for the time travellers from the past."


Hope that means more remarkable books are on their way :)


message 6: by Ðɑηηɑ (new)

Ðɑηηɑ CITY OF BONES isn't unknown. But it's a great list!


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Okay, this is unknown (but totally shouldn't be). The Ballad of Young Tam Lin by Patricia A. Leslie


message 8: by Suri (last edited Feb 24, 2012 01:06AM) (new)

Suri Durandal voted for Dragons and Cicadas The Society On Da Run by Nipaporn Baldwin Dragons and Cicadas. Such an underrated book of short stories! It's like a worldbuilding-novel, but it's not! So much happens in it!


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Why is City of Bones on this list? Take it off! No mainstream books allowed.


message 10: by Zora (new)

Zora You know what I'd do if it were my list? Take off everything with more than 1000 ratings. the Prophet, the Red Tent, and Childhood'd End are on page 1, with millions of copies in print of each. I'm actually interested in a list of unknown books that people think are good, but this isn't quite it because of all those well-read books. Thanks for the idea!


message 11: by Ðɑηηɑ (new)

Ðɑηηɑ Popular BOOKS - DOES NOT FIT THE LIST.
Hey,Bob ,it'd be nice if you could remove them

City of Bones
Willow
The Night Circus
Graceling
Red Tent
Beautiful Creatures

...:|


message 12: by Alessandra (new)

Alessandra "City of Bones" has over 160,000 ratings.

Surely it does not belong on a list of "unknown" books?


message 13: by Sharon (new)

Sharon The Prophet should not be on ths list


message 14: by Noel (last edited Oct 14, 2012 07:09AM) (new)

Noel Yale Sharon wrote: "The Prophet should not be on ths list"

My thoughts exactly, as should not be a few other works in this list.


message 15: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa Deleted City of Bones it is very popular book and this list if for Unknown books.


message 16: by Stephen (last edited Apr 03, 2013 11:43AM) (new)

Stephen Water for Elephants with over half a million ratings doesn't belong on this list. I suggest that the list creator suggest a number of ratings limit. I have a similar list with children's books where I suggested a 25K limit.

The Subtle Knife with several hundred thousand ratings is another example.


message 17: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Just removed a ton of books......


message 18: by Salma (new)

Salma I'm sorry no offence but I can see some books with over thousand ratings and they're 'unknown'?That's...weird.


message 19: by Stephen (last edited Jun 23, 2016 03:24PM) (new)

Stephen Salma wrote: "I'm sorry no offence but I can see some books with over thousand ratings and they're 'unknown'?That's...weird."

I have a similar list for children's books. Forgotten Kids Books of Quality

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

While this list doesn't have any set limit I've drawn the line for "unknown" for mine at 75,000 ratings. So I'm guessing that at 1000 ratings anything on this list can be considered unknown by most people.


message 20: by Ines (new)

Ines I just deleted a lot of books which for sure are not unknown.. (more than 100k reviews, some with millions of reviews..)


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