Book Recs: Books With Less Than 400 Goodreads Ratings (I)

A bit of a different post for you today in that it’s not really got a theme as such. Instead I went for books that I’d rec that have fewer than 400 ratings (criminally) on Goodreads (as voted for on twitter, actually).

There is a somewhat…eclectic mix here, for sure. But I hope it’s such that you will be able to find something you’re interested in, no matter what you’re looking for.

Oh, and I tried my best to include books that didn’t have so few ratings just because they had only recently been released.

So check it out!


Freelance by Andrew Wheeler (gay mcs)
The Relic Spell by Jimena I. Novaro (Argentine-Japanese American bi mc, nonbinary li)
Buuza!! by Shazleen Khan (Turkish mlm mc, Kazakh-Mongolian wlw mc)
Not for Use in Navigation by Iona Datt Sharma (wlw mcs)
Between the Firmaments by JY Yang (mlm mcs)

The Magnificent Sons by Justin Myers (bi mc, gay side character, trans side character)
Wanting in Arabic by Trish Salah (poetry)
Pyre at the Eyreholme Trust by Lin Darrow (genderfluid mc, pan li)
Weak Heart by Ban Gilmartin (gay mc with anxiety, Filipino gay mc, Black lesbian mc, lesbian mc)
Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze (bi character)

Call Him Mine by Tim Macgabhann (gay mc)
Dates! ed. by Zora Gilbert & Cat Parra (wlw, mlm, trans & nonbinary mcs)
Thief in the Interior by Phillip B. Williams (poetry)
The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, S. L. Huang & Rivers Solomon (trans lesbian mc, nonbinary mc)
I Knew Him by Abigail de Niverville (bi mc, biracial Filipino/white gay li, gay & lesbian side characters)

Storm Season by Pene Henson (Chinese Australian lesbian mc, lesbian li, trans side character)
Guarding the Countess by Jess Michaels (bi mcs, polyamory)
Silverchest by Carl Phillips (poetry)
Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (poetry)
Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers by Jake Skeets (poetry)

After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott (lesbian mc, bi li)
Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn (bi mc, lesbian mc)
Wranglestone by Darren Charlton (gay mc & li)
The Audience by Federico GarcΓ­a Lorca (gay mc)
The Gay Girl’s Guide to Ruining Prom by Siera Maley (lesbian mc & li)


What other books with under 400 ratings would you rec?


16 Replies to “Book Recs: Books With Less Than 400 Goodreads Ratings (I)”

  1. This made me go sort my goodreads shelves by number of ratings and omg i have so many recommendations
    – Ripples of Smoke and Water by Lotus Oakes (a cute wlw take on the “rescuing your beloved from an evil creature” fairy tale)
    – Something’s Not Right by Yves (an urban fantasy short story collection)
    – Jilted by Lilah Suzanne (one of my favorite romances ever, how does it have just 65 ratings??)
    – Sugar Summer by Hannah Moskowitz (lesbian retelling of Dirty Dancing)
    – Isle of Broken Years by Jane fletcher (wlw historical/sci fi weirdness)
    – Wild by Hannah Moskowitz (m/f YA romance and they’re both bi)
    – The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake (sort of urban Raven Boys vibe)
    – No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll (anthology of trans and nonbinary characters subverting fantasy tropes)

    I love how this gives visibility to self published and small press books!

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  2. I’ve been wanting to read Between the Firmaments! And someone from bookstagram community recommended Wranglestone. Gotta check this and the others in the list out 😊

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