Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Underrated Books We Read in 2016


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Underrated Books We Read in 2016 (Fewer than 500 GoodReads Ratings)


1. I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn

I love I hate I miss my sister

This gem only has 439 ratings. It is a very quick read (152 pages), but it packs a huge punch. I learned a lot about the Muslim culture, and I also felt the strong themes of sisterhood, forgiveness, and women’s rights. Intrigued? I highly recommend this one.

2. My Friend Maggie by Hannah E. Harrison

my friend maggie

Because this book is only three months old, it only has 241 ratings, but I suspect it will have many more once it catches on. I simply adored this sweet story that teaches about being the bigger person and standing up for the little (big) guy. 🙂

3. Shy by Deborah Freedman


This is another young book, so it only has 463 ratings. I suspect that it will have many more in a few months. My son is shy in new situations, and I found this book to be very helpful. He loves it and asks me to read it over and over again.

4. Teeny Tiny Toady by Jill Esbaum

teeny tiny toad

This book only has 217 ratings, and I have read it at least 217 times with my son. I absolutely adore it, and it is one of my favorites to read aloud! A lot of kids will see themselves in Teeny’s character. And who doesn’t love a solid book about girl power?

5. House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle

house of purple cedar

Are you tired of hearing about this book? I just love it, and I can’t stop sharing it! It should have more than 177 ratings! It is an epic story that will sweep readers away into a different time and place.


1. Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre

slowest book ever

91 Ratings

This is such a great nonfiction text. It is funny and informative, and teachers and kids will find so much within this text to love!

2. The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry

classy crooks club

141 Ratings

This book is such a fun premise! I loved Alison Cherry’s way of writing which was so funny, and her plot was so unexpected.

3. Risking Exposure by Jeanne Moran

risking exposure

74 Ratings

I love lesser-known history, and Risking Exposure focused on a part of a well-known war and taught the readers about an lesser-known part of it. It was fascinating and also a really great story.

4. Nibbles by Emma Yarlett


91 Ratings

I cannot believe this one doesn’t have more ratings! This is one of Trent’s favorite and is such a clever book! Go pick this one up and read then rate it!

5. Rescued by Eliot Schrefer


95 Ratings

This one surprised me the most of all of these because Eliot Schrefer is a National Book Award Finalist and Walden Award Finalist and is brilliant. His first two Ape Quartet books received 4077 ratings and 661 ratings then this one has 95. Pick this one up if you haven’t; it is as good as the first two.

Which underrated books did you read in 2016?
Oh, and make sure to pick these up 🙂 

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