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Seriously Underrated Books – less than 500 Ratings

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Even more underrated book recommendations for you all!


This time it’s books that only have 100-500 ratings on Goodreads.


Why did I use Goodreads and these arbitrary numbers? See my original post here


Now onto my recommendations . . . 


The Heart Healers: The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives by James S. Forrester

Fascinating, amazing, and great for all you medical nerds out there. Essentially a book about cardiovascular surgery, it’s history, and innovations in medicine. Complex and smart, but well explained for people not well versed in medicine. 


The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History by Brian M. Fagan

A new way of looking at how animals affect human history beyond their adorableness as household pets. A fascinating combination of world history, animal science and anthropology. 


The Stress Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity by Melanie Greenberg

An incredibly fascinating and informative look at how and why our brain automatically reacts to certain situations with stress and anxiety. Filled with great checklists to help us take charge of our stress and anxieties.


A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor by Joe Starita

Exactly what the title describes and so much more! An intelligent, inspiring true life story of a hardworking woman determined to take care of her tribe, despite ethnic, racial, and gender prejudices. 


Pretend We Are Lovely by Noley Reid

 A family’s struggle to cope with the tragic death of their son and brother. Grief, secrets, and eating disorders consume the family as they each struggle in their own way.


Books by Candace Calvert including By Your Side, Step by Step,  Maybe It’s You, and Life Support

Each book tell the heartwarming tale of medical professionals, usually nurses, struggling in their personal and romantic lives. A perfect blend of an authentic behind the scenes medical setting and uplifting romance. 


It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country by Shannon Miller

A memoir about a member of the Magnificent 7, the gold medal winning gymnastics team at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Stories from her childhood, years in the sport of gymnastics, and cancer diagnosis make up this intriguing, brave and inspiring book.


The True Tails of Baker and Taylor: the Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town … and the World by Jan Louch

A purrrrfect book for cat and book lovers! An entire book all about adorable cats and their shenanigans in a library setting. What’s not to love!


This Is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky

The story of a teenage girl who cares for her mother suffering from bipolar disorder. Sophie hasn’t been able to live a “normal” teenage life ever. Then things change and with the help of others Sophie can start living her life for herself. A great book about children caring for their parents.


They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by DeAnne Blanton

Did you know that women served in the military in the Civil War? Nope? Neither did I before reading this book. It’s fascinating to learn about the aspects of history that are rarely written about in the history books. 


Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease by Yolanda Hadid

How does this memoir not have more reviews? A heartbreaking, inspiring, educational look at what it’s like to live with a chronic illness, specially chronic lyme disease. I cannot stop talking about this amazing book!


I highly recommend that you give some of these underrated books a read. Click the titles to be redirected to Goodreads for a full summary. Enjoy!


I want to know . . . 

which books are you adding to your TBR list?


Also, look out for the last post in the series . . . next up: Underrated

Books with than 1,000 ratings

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Seriously Underrated Books – less than 100 ratings

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Scrolling through my Read List on Goodreads, I realized that I have read a lot of underrated books. Or at least books that many people haven’t taken the time to give a star rating. Now obviously Goodreads is not the only place to determine if a book is popular or not. But it is where I add, rate, and review books that I read.


Since I tend to read somewhat eclectically, there were way too many books to recommend all at once. I’ve split it into 3 categories. Over the coming few weeks, look out for more posts in this series of underrated books. 


Right now I will introduce you to books I’ve enjoyed, but have less than 100 ratings on Goodreads. 


Room for Another Heart by Yvonne C. Hebert

A heartwarming story about love, loss and filled with the sweetest dogs.


Most Precious Blood by Vince Sgambati

A wonderful coming of age story about an Italian American teenager in New York. Struggles with family, sexuality, and the future fill the story with important conversations. 


Unfinished: A Personal Journey of Healing, Self-Discovery and Resilience by Isana

The story of a child growing up in an abusive home, who learns to do what’s best for herself as an adult. Wonderful strength, courage and hope throughout.


Floating: A Life Regained by Joe Minihane

A transcendent memoir about the discovery and life changing benefits of wild swimming. The descriptions of swimming outside across the English countryside are absolutely unbeatable. 


Running for Yellow by Christina Varrasso

The journey of one woman’s self discovery balanced against the life others want for her. Gorgeous, sweet, romantic. A perfect blend of old world European and modern day American vibes. 


A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories by Scott O’Connor 

Engaging short stories of ordinary people in ordinary situations. The cumulative result is anything but ordinary. Wonderful inner monologue with a unique perspective into the characters’ lives. 


When It Counts by Lauren Hopkins 

A well written, dynamic novel that follows 3 gymnasts trying to make the Olympic team. Authentic and without any of the over the top drama that many young adult sports books contain. 


I highly recommend that you give some of these underrated books a read. Click the titles to be redirected to Goodreads for a full summary. Enjoy!


Let me know which of these books you’re adding to your TBR list!


Also, look out for more posts in the series . . .

next up: Underrated Books with less

than 500 ratings