I’m linking up with The Broke and The Bookish to bring you ten of my favourite books with fewer than 2,000 ratings. All of my books on last week’s list, save for one, have fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads, so I haven’t included any of those books on this list (but you should totally check them out, too!)
Note: Book titles are linked to my reviews of them, or in the absence of a review, to their Goodreads listing.
The Girl Without A Sound by Buhle Ngaba
Number of ratings: 4
A South African picture book “born out of defiance and as a response to the fairytales we were told as little girls. Stories about white princesses with blue eyes, flowing locks of hair and an overwhelming awareness of their beauty.” And just like Coconut and Kwezi (see last week’s list), even though I’m not the intended target market, I think it is wonderful, and I intend to purchase it for as many kids as I can.
Also, you can get the digital file for free on their website!
A Game Called Survival by Ian Reid
Number of ratings: 2
One of my favourite historical non-fiction books, and the first to teach me about WW2 in Italy. It is gripping, and thrilling. It’s out of print now but I wish it were more well-known.
Yes I am! Writing by South African Gay Men edited by Robin Malan
Number of ratings: 8
One of my favourite short-story collections. Sad and witty and ever-relevant. I think it should be relatable to the quest for equality around the world, not just in South Africa.
Kalyana by Rajni Mala Kelawan
Number of ratings: 13
For a book I loved so much and that is currently in print, I’m really sad that it has so few ratings. It’s a very portrayal of Fijian history, but also of the greater effects of sexual abuse and female oppression.
Postmortem: The Doctor Who Walked Away by Maria Phalime
Number of ratings: 37
We are living in an age of heightened awareness of the mental well-being of doctors, and where more and more doctors are leaving the profession. The book is South African, but it should have significance for medical professionals the world over.
The Backwash of War by Ellen N. La Motte
Number of ratings: 107
Apart from the fact that this is a salient work of reflections by a nurse during WWI, it’s also available for FREE online via the Gutenberg Project.
Skin by Ilka Tampke
Number of ratings: 263
Uhm guys. Such a fantastic piece of historical fiction with some magical realism mixed in. I don’t understand how this isn’t more popular. Also I just love the cover.
The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman
Number of ratings: 370
I loved this epistolary YA novel of an exchange between a child refugee in Sudan and an American girl. So relevant.
The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
Number of Ratings: 1,425
This is a technically difficult book to read, with many different invented dialects in the vein of Atlas Cloud. I found it to be a magnificent piece of work. I think it qualifies as YA but it certainly asks for a committed reader with good proficiency. And enough time and patience. Probably part of the reason it did not get as much acclaim but I seriously love it.
Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Number of Ratings: 1,502
Her most underrated book, and I can’t help wondering if it’s because the setting is Ethiopia as opposed to Europe, which is more relatable to most of Wein’s audience. BDWR does not manipulate the emotions as much as her other books, but I learned a lot and it’s a fantastic book about friendship.