Monday, January 23, 2017

Top Ten Unheard-Of Books on My TBR List

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Continuing the theme from last week, I decided to use this week's freebie to take a look at my to-read list and see which books have made it on there that are relatively unknown. These are the ten books with the fewest ratings to date, ordered by least to most ratings.

1. Shalom and the Community of Creation by Randy Woodley (33 ratings)
I got to hear Woodley speak at the Faith & Culture Writers Conference a few years ago and was very interested in his talk about how he preserves Native American traditions in his practice of Christianity. He recommended seeking out his book to learn more.

2. How to Be a Perfect Stranger by Stuart M. Matlins (130 ratings)
This was recommended on a blog I used to read and has been on my to-read list since 2013. It's a guide to religious etiquette so you know what to expect when attending a friend's religious service or when they're celebrating a religious holiday or life event.

3. 50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha (153 ratings)
I was virtually introduced to DeRusha by a mutual friend and quite enjoyed her first book, Spiritual Misfit. I read her blog while she was working on this book and thought it sounded interesting enough to pick up.

4. Damaged Goods by Dianna Anderson (175 ratings)
When I was first getting into feminism I learned a lot from Anderson's blog, and I actually contributed an interview to her book. Before it was published I ended up drifting away from her writing because it got too bitter and inflexible for my taste, and I've heard the book is much the same, but I feel like I should read it eventually.

5. The Tsar's Dwarf by Peter H. Fogtdal (179 ratings)
This was recommended by someone in one of my book clubs and I thought it sounded worth reading. I didn't realize it wasn't very well known.

6. Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus (240 ratings)
I'm pretty sure I found this book on the Best Fiction and Memoirs by Authors of Color list on Goodreads during my year of reading diversely. I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet, probably because it's not very well known.

7. Things I Should Have Told My Daughter by Pearl Cleage (311 ratings)
I honestly don't remember where I originally came across this title, but I've seen it a couple times since. It seems like an interesting memoir.

8. Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland (334 ratings)
I love Cleveland's blog and am super excited to read this book. She talks about the intersections of race and religion in our country, which is maybe more relevant now than ever.

9. Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King Jr. (348 ratings)
I'm genuinely surprised this book doesn't have more ratings. Now that I'm participating in the Injustice Boycott I'm especially interested in reading this story of the Montgomery bus boycott.

10. Mankiller by Wilma Mankiller and Michael Wallis (405 ratings)
I think this is another one I added while looking for more diverse books, and particularly some by and about Native American women. This is the autobiography of Chief Wilma Mankiller.

Which unknown books have made it into your TBR list?

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