Top Ten Tuesday: Books that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! This week’s topic is celebrating Top Ten Tuesday turning ten years old! It gave one of two options: re-do a topic I’ve already done and change it, or do a past topic that I wasn’t around for. I’m choosing the latter, since I’ve only been doing TTT for a few months or so.

This topic is from February of 2019. Some of these are going to be manga, so for fairness’s sake, I’m only going to include it if volume 1 has fewer than 2000 ratings. It’s not fair to use volume 28 of something with 600 ratings when volume 1 has over 97,000 (coughBlackButlercough). So them’s my rules.

As usual, this list is in no particular order.

Our Dining Table by Ori Mita – 716 ratings

Our Dining TableThis is a cute one-shot fluffy romance manga following a young man who has trouble eating in front of others when he meets another guy and his younger brother. They bond, they work through issues, it’s cute, it’s funny. It’s one of my favorite manga, honestly.


Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits by Waco Ioka – 729 ratings

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #1)I actually just wrote a review on this one not too long ago. I really enjoyed it. It’s a fantasy set in a spirit world parallel to our own, and it gives me serious Spirited Away vibes, but darker.



The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan – 808 ratings

The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese SchoolgirlThis is what it says: It’s the diary of a Chinese girl, living with her family, in the early 2000s. It talks about her struggles with obtaining an education, and just living her life, and it’s a really powerful read.



Goblin Slayer by Kousuke Kurose – 998 ratings

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 (Goblin Slayer Manga, #1)This one might technically be cheating because the anime is so popular. Apparently the manga is less well known? Who knows. Anyways, this follows a priestess as she joins a man only known as Goblin Slayer, well, slaying goblins. This one is pretty graphic – violent – so not for the kiddies.


Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku by Fujita – 1981 ratings

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)I think what’s so refreshing about this manga is its simplicity. It follows a light romance between two office workers, as they slowly get closer and be nerdy. And honestly that’s it. It’s just so relaxing.



Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa – 1614 ratings

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1I wrote a review on this one too! This is a nice, sedated-pace manga following a young man who goes to agricultural school, but has never really been on a farm before. It delves into the grit required to work with farm animals, all while being rather funny.

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – 592 ratings

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedGothic vampire western. Need I say more.




Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang – 1149 ratings

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to FreedomI don’t know what it is about them, but I’ve read quite a few memoirs from North Korean defectors, and all of them have stayed in my mind. This one has the fewest ratings out of all of them, so it’s the one I bring up today. Honestly this book is a powerful read.


Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – 51 ratings

Hotel Africa, Volume 1This is seriously an underrated manhwa. It’s just.. it’s so good. I wrote a review on it! It follows a young man named Elvis who lives with his mom in a hotel out in the middle of the dessert, and goes into the various stories of the people who end up staying there. It’s a really interesting character study.


O Maidens In Your Savage Season by Mari Okada – 328 ratings

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1I wrote a review on this one tooooo! This is a coming of age, self-discovery story about a group of teenage girls navigating being a teenager in modern times. It’s awkward, funny, and endearing, and I seriously love it.



And that’s it! Mostly manga… it’s weird how few actual novels I’ve read with lower rating counts. I think it means I need to branch out more. If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Happy reading!


Monthly Recs: Auto-Read Authors

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Hello! I’ve decided to pick up a new meme – this one is monthly, so I figured it’ll be doable to keep up with. :”D It’s called Monthly Recommendations and you can find out more about it here if you would like. Basically, they give you a topic each month and you make a post about it. So here is mine, woo.

I have a couple auto-reads that I’d like to mention:

Neal Stephenson

Neal StephensonBook that made me smitten with this author: Snow Crash

Goodreads Synopsis:

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.

You should read if: You want a Ready Player One that’s not juvenile, what it could have been if it had been a more fleshed out, character-driven book.

Books I own by this author: Snow Crash, Diamond Age, Interface, Quicksilver, Confusion, System World

Robin Hobb

Robin HobbBook that made me smitten with this author: Assassin’s Apprentice

Goodreads Synopsis:

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

You should read if: You want to fall into a 90s fantasy kick for about 6 months…. because that’s what happened when I picked up this book.

Books I own by this author: Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin’s Quest, Ship of Magic, The Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny, Fool’s Errand, Shaman’s Crossing

Naomi Novik

Naomi NovikBook that made me smitten with this author: His Majesty’s Dragon

Goodreads Synopsis:

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

You should read if: You like fantasy or historical fiction. This is both! It’s so good – so well thought out, so tactical, so heart-twanging! It’s one of my all-time favorites

Books I own by this author: His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Blood of Tyrants, Uprooted

Alan Campbell

Alan CampbellBook that made me smitten with this author: Scar Night

Goodreads Synopsis:

Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge or redemption. But soon a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest…. The last of his line, Dill is descended from legendary Battle-archons who once defended the city. Forbidden to fly and untrained even to wield the great sword inherited from his forebears, he has become a figurehead for a dying tradition. Now he lives a sheltered existence in one of Deepgate’s crumbling temple spires under the watchful eye of the Presbyter who rules the city. Spine assassin Rachel Hael has better things to do than oversee the Presbyter’s angel. Each dark moon she must fight for her life among the city chains, hunting an immortal predator with a taste for blood. But when a traitor brings enemies to Deepgate’s doorstep, Dill and Rachel are forced into an uneasy alliance with the city’s oldest and most dangerous foe. They must journey down into the uncharted chasm to save their sprawling metropolis and themselves from annihilation. Once they descend however, they learn that what lies below is far more sinister than what they’ve been taught to expect.

You should read if: You like steampunk, fantasy, fascinating worlds, anti-heroes

Books I own by this author: Scar Night, Iron Angel, God of Clocks, Sea of Ghosts

I figured instead of me saying ‘AHHH THEY’RE SO GOOD, READ THEM!’ over and over for each author, I’d let the synopses of their works speak for themselves. If you have read any of these authors’ books or plan to, do let me know. :”D Happy reading!

Goodreads Book Tag


Hello! A tag today, and I was actually tagged! Woot! Thank you Nicola @Thoughts on Fantasy for thinking of me! Today’s tag will be fun. :”D

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Just did so about an hour or so ago actually. I need the second book now, but I dun have it. Guess who’s likely making a book order soon. :”D Maybe. Shh.



What are you currently reading?

There are quite a few. I’m not good at sticking with a single book. Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams, A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin, The Black Prism by Brent Weeks and I’m also flipping through a book on the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood to familiarize myself with it for an upcoming D&D game I’ll be involved in.

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)That would be A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I’m very late hopping onto this bandwagon and honestly this time two years ago, you would have found me saying that I wouldn’t read anything by her. Boy have I eaten my words. I recently finish A Court of Mist and Fury and loved it. I need this book. My veins are calling for it.

What book do you plan to read next?

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)As in ‘after I finish all my currently reading books’? Probably The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb, which I will be buddy reading with Zezee sometime in February I think. :”D Or March. I’m having a brainfart which one it is.





Do you use the star rating system?

Yes. I have a whole post on it, since it seems to be a pretty subjective thing. I need to edit it though and add in what half-stars mean for me.

Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yep, I’ve signed up for 50 books, which is what I did and accomplished last year. It seems to be a pretty doable yet still challenging thing for me and my time schedule.

Do you have a wishlist?

I do but it’s not up to date. I fixed it up a bit for Christmas when a couple family members asked for it, but otherwise it’s not public.

What book do you plan to buy next?

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)Probably Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson. There are others I want but I think this one is sticking out to me the most at the moment.





Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

I actually just ran across a new one day! I added it to my liked quotes, but I haven’t read anything by the author yet (I’ve a buddy read planned to fix that though. I’m excited :”D)

“I say that there is no role for women—there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself.” ― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

Who are your favorite authors?

Naomi Novik, Alan Campbell, Robin Hobb, Patrick Ness and Neal Stephenson

Have you joined any groups?

Yep! Quite a few, though honestly I keep updated on only a couple of them. I’M A BAD GROUP MEMBER D”:

I Tag:

Ace and Zezee!

Happy reading! :”D

A Year in Books and End of Year Survey


2015 was a really good reading year for me. I read more this year than I ever have by a long shot. I’ve always considered myself a reader, but the amount I read this year, man. Wow. I read 110 books. I usually read around 20. Improvements!

To close this year out, I’m going to go through my year in books according to goodreads, some blog stats, and complete Perpetualpageturner’s end of year survey. I feel like it’ll be a good combination to really wrap-up everything I’ve done this year. Since this is closing on all the books I’ve read, consider this my December Wrap-up as well.

My Year in Books

Total Books DNFd this year: 5

For the sake of keeping this as non-repetitive as possible, I’m not going to go through the individual books as a lot will likely be named in the stats and survey.

Stats for the Embuhleeliest blog

Total posts published: 155
Reviews: 18
Tags: 25
Blog Award Nominations: 9
Top 5 Wednesdays: 24
Most Popular Post of 2015: Pixar Book Tag (Original)


January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November


In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park: 5/5 stars
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch: 4.5/5 stars
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas: 4.5/5 stars
My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins: 3/5 stars
The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories by Rae Carson: 4/5 stars

Results of 2015 Reading Resolutions and Challenges

Towards the end of 2014, I made three posts about things I wanted to do book-wise in 2015. They were my 2015 Reading Resolutions, 15 in 2015 and my TBR Jar Challenge. These are the results of all that.

Reading Resolutions:
Read 30 books: Success
Focus on sequels and stand-alones: Unsure
Buy 1 book for 5 read: Fail
Write reviews for at least 50% of the books read: Fail
Separate ‘to-be-read’ books onto their own bookcase: Success
Go through ‘to-be-read’ books and decide whether or not I’ll actually ever feel like reading them. If not, give away or donate them: Success

About 50-50 here.

15 in 2015:
1. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #2): Read
2. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #3): Read
3. Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik (Temeraire #5): Not Read
4. Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik (Temeraire #6): Not Read
5. The Scar by China Mieville (Bas Lag/New Crobuzon #2): Not Read
6. Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey (Monstrumologist #2): Not Read
7. The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey (Monstromologist #3): Not Read
8. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2): Not Read
9. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See (Shanghai Girls #2): Not Read
10. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami: Not Read
11. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: Not Read
12. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous: Not Read
13. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Not Read
14. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: Read
15. The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku: Not Read

Guys, I read three of them. I’m totally awesome.

TBR Jar Challenge:
Read a book with 500+ pages: Success
Reread a favorite book: Success
Read a 2015 debut novel: Success
Read a book that someone else picks: Success
Read a book that you’ve never heard of before: Fail
Begin reading a new graphic novel/graphic novel series: Success
Read a new-to-you author: Success
Read a book that is not a novel: Fail
Read/watch a book and its adaptation: Fail
Read an award winning novel: Fail
Read a classic novel: Fail
Read a series finale: Success

A bit more than 50-50 here.

End of Year Book Survey

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 110
Number of Re-Reads: 30
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2015?
The Martian by Andy Weir
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love But Didn’t
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Most Surprising (in a good way) book you read?
Easy by Tammara Webber
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And they Did)?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Best series you started in 2015? Sequel? Ender?
Starter: An Ember in the Ashes by Tabaa Tahir
Sequel: A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
Ender: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Rae Carson
Best books from a genre you don’t typically read/out of comfort zone
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Saga volume 5 by Brian K Vaughan
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Most memorable character of 2015?
Mark Watney from The Martian
Most beautifully written book read in 2015
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015?
In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Favorite Passage/Quote from a book read in 2015?
“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say” – A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
Longest and Shortest books read in 2015?
Longest: A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
Shortest: A New World by Patrick Ness
Book that shocked you the most
In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
OTP of the Year
MarkoxAlana 4eva
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Hakkai and Gojyo from Saiyuki (though some beg to differ)
Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously
Saga volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan (I know it’s #6 on my top 15 list, but it’s the first author on there that I had also read in 2014)
Favorite book of 2015 read based soley on a recommendation from another
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Newest fictional crush of 2015
Chaol from Throne of Glass
Best 2015 debut
An Ember in the Ashes by Tabaa Tahir
Best Worldbuilding/vivid setting of the year
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Book that put a smile on your face/most fun to read
Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Hidden Gem of the year
Priest by Min-Woo Hyung
Book that crushed your soul
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Most Unique Book Read in 2015
The History of the World Through Twitter by Jon Holmes
Book that made you the most mad
Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog of 2015
Orangutan Librarian’s :”D
Favorite review written this year
The one for The Night Circus
Best discussion/non-review post this year
Pixar book tag (original)
Best event participated in
All the different readathons
Best moment of the year
Reading my 110 book goal
Most challenging this about this past year
Keeping consistency when posting
Most popular post this year
Pixar book tag (original)
Post you wished got a little more love
Holiday recipes – Nacho Dip
Best bookish discovery of 2015
All the new bloggers I follow here 😀
Challenges or goals completed?
See above

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be a 2016 priority?
Weave World by Clive Barker
Most anticipated non-debut 2016 release?
A Torch Against the Night by Tabaa Tahir
Most anticipated 2016 debut?
Not sure, haven’t been paying attention
Most anticipated 2016 series ender/sequel release?
See ‘Most anticipated non-debut 2016 release’. :”D
One thing you hope to accomplish in your 2016 reading/blogging life
Cut down on impulse purchased of books that sound good because of the hype instead of because the plot appeals to me
A 2016 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Guys, I’m a little blog and it’s still 2015. You silly.

And that’s it. Big, honking New Year’s Eve post up and ready. I hope you all have a fantastic new year. I’ll be over here, eating mac and cheese and drinking champagne until the ball drops. PEACE













TBR Book Tag

TBR Book Tag head

A tag today :”D I was tagged by the wonderfull Zezee to do it, so here it is~ I’m not sure who originally created this tag, so if you know, you tell me please.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Not very carefully. The master list of stuff is my goodreads ‘to read’ list. Though those are books I own and don’t own. For books I own that I still have yet to read, they’re all stacked up on the bookcase in my livingroom. At this point I have too many to count, so odds are I’d be adding stuff to my ‘to read’ list two or three times if goodreads didn’t keep such good track of it all.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Print. I think I own a grand total of four ebooks.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Since I mentioned I have all my tbr books in my livingroom, I usually just stare at the bookcase until something jumps out at me (and writing this now and staring at the bookcase, I feel like it needs reorganized big time)

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)The War of the Flowers

Oh gosh, I’m not even sure. Uh..

Sabriel by Garth Nix? The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams? I’m pretty sure I bought both when I was 15 or 16… I’m 25 now. Shhhh.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)This reminds me I need to pick up on my Friday Finds posts again. I’ve been slipping man! The most recent tbr add for me is A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, which is the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series. It doesn’t come out for a long time, but I’m totally willing to wait.The first book was so incredibly good.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

The Valley of Amazement

:”D It’s so pretty

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

I feel like this is a silly question. Why would I have a book on my tbr if I don’t want to read it? I mean sure there are books I’ve added years ago and find that I no longer have interest, but if that’s the case, I remove them from my tbr. I don’t keep them there. That’s silly.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

So you know how the illustration version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out recently? Well, they’re releasing six more of those. Guess what I’m excited for. THIS MEANS I CAN BE EXCITED FOR HARRY POTTER WHEN I’M 31 AND NOT BE WEIRD.

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I feel like I’m the only one who still hasn’t read this. Or anything whatsoever by Brandon Sanderson. I need to get on it, man.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Basically anything by Brandon Sanderson. I own a couple of his books, just haven’t gotten to them yet. Working on it.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Look at my shelf, out of the books I actually own, there are two that stick out to me the most (though this doesn’t mean they’re the only ones):

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and Breakable by Tammara Webber

Breakable (Contours of the Heart, #2)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

How many books are in your Goodreads TBR shelf?

At the moment, 800. Dun judge.

So ta-da, a tag. :”D

I tag: