Diverse Books On My TBR with Less Than 500 Ratings on Goodreads

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Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing a post I’m really excited about. The other day I was think about how diverse books often times get less publicity than other books. Wheter it is because they are indie or self published or because they get a smaller publicity budget or because they have less support from the publishers or for any of a hundred other reasons, the truth is there’s tons of diverse books out there that could use all the help they can get publicity wise.

I have written a few post in the past about underrated books with small amount of ratings on Goodreads and those lists are full of diverse books, so I would recommend you check them out!

But today I’m doing somethings a bit different! I went through my Goodreads tbr list and checked which of the diverse books I had in it had less than 500 ratings and were released before 2018 and today I want to talk about them!

Like Nobody's Watching by Tara Frejas Cover & ReviewLike Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas (58 ratings) 

The cover is SO CUTE! and it’s the reason I noticed this book in the first place, but then I read the synopsis and found out this books has fake dating, a main character that’s a soft guy and a big focus on family and I inmediately added it to my tbr. This is a #romanceclass book, like a lot of the other books on this list,  which means that it’s written by a Filipino author, it has Filipino main characters and it’s set in the Philippines.

 

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy (79 ratings) 

I discovered this book while writtin my 90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo and I have been meaning to read it ever since. As the title sugests, the stories in this book are written by latinx authors and they are about latinx characters.

 

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Learning Curves by Ceillei Simkiss (94 ratings) 

This is a romance novella with a Fat Puerto Rican lesbian main character and an asexual panromantic main character with ADHD. I have heard the story is really cute and I’m excited to give it a chance. I actually got an arc of the sequel when I signed up for the authors newsletter, so I need to get to this one to be able to read and review that arc.

 

The Queen's Game

The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman (96 ratings)

This is the second #romanceclass book on this list and it’s one that has been on my tbr for a long time. Carla de Guzman is a Filipino author and the main characters in the book are Filipino as well. I love books with royalty and I’m even more excited for this particular story because it has POC who are royals.

 

Feels Like Summer.jpgFeels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes (116 ratings)

This has been on my tbr for the last two years and I really need to read it. Another #romanceclass book (can you tell I’m a fan?) set in the Philippines, it has Filipino main characters and a Filipino author. The main characters in this are a soft guy who is a musician,  and a woman working in STEM. It sound amazing!

 

All's Fair in Blog and War

All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria (159 ratings)

The main characters in this are travel bloggers, which sounds so cool! Another #romanceclass book set in the Philippines with Filipino main characters and written by a Filipino author. This has been on my tbr for two and a half years and I finally bought it thanks to Shelea @ Shut Up, Shelea, who pointed out in one of her posts that it was 0.99 on Amazon (still is if you want it!)

 

The Victoria in my head

The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes (286 ratings)

I read Analee in Real Life, Milanes’ latest book, recently and I loved it, so I’m excited to read her debut, which has been on my tbr for a long time. This book is a YA Contemporary with a Latinx main character, a shy teenager who dreams of being a rock star but  has paralyzing-stage-fright and overprotective Cuban parents … it sounds great and I can’t wait to finally read it!

Acting on Impulse

 

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa (400 ratings)

This has a Puerto Rican main character and it’s written by a Latinx author. This is a romance book about a personal trainer and an actor who fall in love, as a huge fan of romance books I can’t wait to read one where the main characters is Latinx.

 

Beginner's Guide Love and Other Chemical Reactions

Beginner’s Guide: Love & Other Chemicals Reactions by Six de los Reyes (418 ratings)

Another #romanceclass book and the second book on this list written by Six de los Reyes. I have heard great things about this author and I can’t believe that I haven’t read any of their books yet. This is set in the Philippines, it has Filipino characters and it’s by a Filipino author.

 

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Underrated 2018 Releases (less than 400 ratings on Goodreads)

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Hi everyone! This is a post I have thinking about writing for a while and I’m so excited to finally be posting it. This is joining a few post I wrote during 2018 about underrated books: Underrated LGBTQIA+ BooksUnderrated Diverse Romance Books and Underrated YA Books. On this list, you’ll find books that were released in 2018 that I read and LOVED and that have less than 400 ratings on Goodreads. Hopefully some of you will read them and sprend the word about how amazing they are!

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Secondhand Origin Story by  Lee Blauersouth – 29 ratings on goodreads

Opal wants to join the superhero team, the Sentinel, to get a platform to tell the truth about the injustices of the the government agency that regulates superpowered people. But when Opal arrives to the Sentinels, just after a supervillain attacks their home, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart.

Why read it: A group of teens fights against a corrupt, racist and ableist system, and this book manages to address those issues in an intelligent and sensitive way. It has complex characters, complicated family dynamics and so many secrets and mysteries. There’s black, lesbian, asexual and  gender queer (#ownvoices) rep. Full review. 

The Pros of Cons

The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman – 345 ratings on Goodreads 

Three girls meet when they are in the same hotel for 3 different cons: a Percussion convention, a fandoms convention and a taxidermy convention. Each one has her own toubles and doubts, but they help each other through them. 

Why read it: It has a really cool setting and premise and also the female friendship is amazing, these 3 girls help each other through heartbreak, friendship problems & family drama. They are supportive, understanding and wonderful to each other. I almost cried happy tears because there friendship was so heartwarming. It has lesbian rep, non binary rep and mexican rep.

Analee in Real Life

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes – 166 ratings on Goodreads

Since her mother passed away, Analee spends her time role playing in an online game where she meets a boy she likes. In real life, a popular boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend and he starts to coax her out of her comfort zone. Meanwhile, her family life gets complicated. 

Why read it: There’s a fake relationship that it’s really entertaining because the characters have so much chemestry. The real focus of the book is family, Analee’s relationship with her father, stepmother and stepsister develop in such a beautiful way.  There’s Cuban, fat and social anxiety rep.

the queen of ieflariaThe Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin – 297 ratings on Goodreads

Princess Esofi was betrothed to Crown Prince Albion, but he dies before the wedding. Esofi is offered a new betrothal to the new Crown Princess Adale, in exchange for help with the dragon problem. But Adale has no plans of taking the throne, leaving Esofi with more to battle than fire-breathing beasts.

Why read it: It has complex, flawed and compelling characters, an amazing f/f romance that warmed my heart, an interesting magic system and DRAGONS! Full review. 

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Underrated LGBTQIA+ Books

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Coffee Boy by Austin Chant – 960 rating on Goodreads
  • Representation: Transexual man mc (#ownvoices) & bisexual man li
  • Genre: New adult, romance
  • Why read it?: Short book with funny and witty banter, character development, thoughtful conversations about gender and sexual orientation & a great romance.
Secondhand Origin Story by  Lee Blauersouth – 24 ratings on goodreads
  • Representation: Black lesbian mc, lesbian mc, asexual mc, gender queer mc (#ownvoices).
  • Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
  • Why read it?: A character driven story set in a fascinating world full of superheroes. A group of teens that has to fight against a corrupt, racist and ableist system.
The Story of Lizzy and Darcy by Grace Watson – 97 ratings on Goodreads
  • Representation: Lesbian mc, bisexual mc, trans side character
  • Genre: Contemporary, Romance
  • Why read it?: Amazing Pride and Prejudice retelling, with the publishing industry as a background.
Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’beirne – 298 ratings on Goodreads
  • Representation: Lesbian indian-australian mc, bisexual mc
  • Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Why read it?: Character development and a really interesting premise: a competition that it’s a mix between a summer camp and a Model UN.

 These books are part of a series, but they can be read separetely and out of order.

Small Change by Roan Parrish – 539 ratings on Goodreads 
  • Representation: bisexual female mc
  • Genre: Romance, Contemporary
  • Why read it?: A story about a bisexual female tattoo artist that’s dating a guy, who is the sweetest, nicest love interest ever. It deals with gender and with the idea of a woman in a male dominated industry.
Invitations to the Blues by Roan Parrish – 431 ratings on Goodreads
  • Representation: gay mc, black gay mc
  • Genre: Romance, Contemporary
  • Why read it?: Complex characters, interesting discussions about race and mental health, and a really adorable love story.
Honorary Mentions 

These are 3 books that have a higher amount of ratings on Goodreads, but they still have less than 3000 ratings.  I feel that these books deserve to be read by a lot more people and that’s why I’m including them.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera – 2989 ratings on Goodreads 
  • Representation: Latinx lesbian mc (#ownvoices)
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
  • Why read it?: A main character with a captivating and honest voice, a lot of character development and important discussions about intersectional feminism, queerness  and safe spaces.
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake – 1529 ratings on Goodreads 
  • Representation: bisexual mc, biracial lesbian li
  • Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Why read it?: A really sweet romance and a raw, complicated mother/daughter relationship that it’s addressed with so much honesty.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee – 2798 ratings on Goodreads 
  • Representation:  bisexual and Chinese-Vietnamese mc (#ownvoices), lesbian li
  • Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
  • Why read it?: A cute book set in an interesting post-apocalyptic world, amazing conversations about gender and sexual orientation,  villains that are not so evil and heroes that are not so good.
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Underrated Diverse Romance Books (less than 200 ratings on Goodreads)

Underrated Diverse Romance Books

Recently, I discovered that some diverse romance books I really enjoyed have less than a 200 ratings on Goodreads. After realizing this, I felt like it was a good idea to promote these amazing books that a lot of people may have not read. I didn’t choose books released in 2018, because I feel like they haven’t been out for very long and that may have to do with why they don’t have that many ratings.

A few weeks ago, I did a post about Underrated YA Books (less than 1000 rating on Goodreads)  in case you want to check it out! Now I wanted to make a list of diverse romance books with less than a 200 ratings on Goodreads that I think deserve more attention and love from the reading community:

 

If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman (2016) – 156 ratings on Goodreads

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Martha Aguas kind of has it all–she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe. Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what? 

It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever loved (he doesn’t know, so don’t tell him!) Suddenly Aguases from all corners of the globe are coming for the event, and the last thing Martha wants is to be asked why she still prefers her lattes with a waffle on the side. 

Thank god for Max. Goofy, funny, dependable Max, who finds himself playing the fake boyfriend at the family festivities. But why does it feel like only one of them is pretending?

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If you want am #ownvoices book about a fat filipina main character with a really cute best friends to lovers romance, that stars with fake dating and that has incredible family dynamic and insightful depiction of the Philippines, this book is for you! It’s a funny and adorable read. You can read my full review and you can see the Bookish Style Guide I did based on the main character Martha Aguas.

 

North to You by Tif Marcelo (2017) – 165 ratings on Goodreads 

North to youCamille Marino has got a full plate. As the sole guardian of her eighteen-year-old sister and the head chef and owner of a food truck, she’s used to life being a juggling act. With food to cook, social media accounts to manage, and a little sister to look after, she doesn’t have time for much else. That is, until Drew Bautista walks back into her life.

Drew is Camille’s former high school crush and he returns to San Francisco to repair his relationship with his father before he ships out for deployment. By helping his father renovate his failing Filipino restaurant, he hopes to win back his respect. But when sparks fly between Drew and Camille—his father’s major competition and sworn enemy—Drew is conflicted. Should he join his father in the war against her food truck? Or surrender to the woman who’s given him a second chance at love?

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If you are looking for a book with  likeble main characters, a soft hero, a second chance romance and an interesting storyline revolving around food, this may be the book for you!  Also, I would like to mention that the male main characters is filipino and there’s a lot of reference to Filipino food.

The Story of Lizzy and Darcy by Grace Watson (2017) – 90 ratings on Goodreads

The Story of Lizzie and Darcy

 

When Lizzy Bennet first meets Darcy Williams, there is an instant dislike between them. As much as they try to avoid it their paths keep crossing, and they each start to see a different side to the other. Their tentative friendship is soon tested, but will they realise how they really feel?

The Story of Lizzy and Darcy is a modern day, same-sex adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

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If you would like to read a Pride & Prejudice retelling, where a lesbian and a bisexual woman that have tons of chemestry fall in love, all while working in the book publishing industry, this book is for you! Also, there’s a trans character in this book that has a big role in the story.

 

Better at Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra (2017) – 134 ratings on Goodreads 

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Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job. 

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster?

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If you would like to read a book set in the Philippines, revolving around the wedding planning industry, with a romance between a female main character that has been planning weddings for years and a charming guy that’s a new comer into the wedding planning buisness, you may enjoy this book! Also, this is #ownvoices, written by a filipina author.

 

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Underrated YA Books (less than 1000 ratings on Goodreads)

Underrated YA Books

The other day I saw a blog post about the number of ratings books have on Goodreads and I was inmediately curious about the number of ratings that the books I have read have on Goodreads and I was suprised because some books I really enjoyed have less than a 1000 ratings. After realizing this, I felt like it was a good idea to promote these amazing books that a lot of people may have not read.

I didn’t choose books released in 2018, because I feel like they haven’t been out for very long and that may have to do with why they don’t have that many ratings. So, this is a list of backlist books with less than a 1000 ratings on Goodreads that I think deserve more attention and love from the reading community:

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh (2016)  – 863 ratings on Goodreads

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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

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If you like very atmospheric books, that are eerie and spooky,  that include fascinating mythology and that manage to mantain a mysterious tone until the end, this book is for you!  Those are defenitely the main strengths of this and they make it feel unique and interesting. If you want to know more , here’s my full review.

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez (2015) – 832 ratings on Goodreads

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A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

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The contrast this book portraits between the ways the two main characters live depression is what makes this book unique, as well as incredibly important. If you are looking for a very nuance representation of depresion, this book may be for you! Additionally, this book has #ownvoices latinx rep and its done so well! If you want to know more , here’s my full review. 

God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen (2017) – 45 ratings on Goodreads

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LIKE NANCY DREW, BUT NOT…

Craving a taste of teenage life, Asiya Haque defies her parents to go for a walk (really, it was just a walk!) in the woods with Michael, her kind-of-friend/crush/the guy with the sweetest smile she’s ever seen. Her tiny transgression goes completely off track when they stumble on a dead body. Michael covers for Asiya, then goes missing himself.

Despite what the police say, Asiya is almost sure Michael is innocent. But how will she, the sheltered girl with the strictest parents ever, prove anything? With Michael gone, a rabid police officer in desperate need of some sensitivity training, and the murderer out there, how much will Asiya risk to do what she believes is right?

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The main character in this book has a unique voice that shines throughout the book and it helps keep it funny and charming. This book has amazing #ownvoices muslim rep and the way it talks about muslim problems is insightful and it can be uncomfortable in its truths. If you are looking for a good mystery full of humour and diverse characters, you’ll probably like this! If you want to know more , here’s my full review.

Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne (2017) – 278 ratings on Goodreads

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“Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor.”

“Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you.”

Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone.

Soon they both realise that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.

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If you are looking for a book with an interesting setting and premise, with lots of diversity and great characters, this is for you! This book has two main characters, a bisexual girl and an Indian-Australian lesbian girl, that participate in a competition that its a mix between a summer camp and a Model UN. It’s an interesting book that adresses important subject thorughout.

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