Lowest Rated Books on my TBR

Hi! I’ve been slacking off on posting (and working and reading, too), but I thought, in the vein of my previous posts where I discussed all of the highest and lowest rated books I’ve read, I’d write one about the books on my TBR, too!

From the lowest to the highest rated ones (according to Goodreads), here they are:

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Goodreads rating: 2.83

Ouch! This author duo really can’t catch a break, can they? Sam and Ilsa’s last hurrah is about twins throwing a New Years party, where each can invite 3 guests and not tell the other who’s invited until they arrive. The amount of 1 and 2 star ratings on Goodreads I’ve skimmed for this book is staggering, and it really put me off reading it. I will give it a try, but probably closer to New Year’s as I hate reading seasonal books… off-season?

Looker by Laura Sims

Goodreads rating: 3.08

Honestly, I have no clue what this one is about or why exactly I added it to my TBR (I don’t know when either), but a quick read of the synopsis tells me it’s a mystery/thriller about a woman stalking a famous actress. Apparently it’s not very good. But it’s short, and Mona Awad (the author of Bunny) thought it was “a perfect dark pleasure” so I might still give it a go.

Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan

Goodreads rating: 3.19

Poor David! So many of his books have terribly low ratings. What does that say about my taste in books (since he’s one of my favourite contemporary authors)? Marly’s Ghost is a sort of a retelling of A Christmas Carol, but set around Valentine’s. I have it on my physical TBR and was going to read it in February, but didn’t get to it and now I feel like it’s off-season again and I’d rather wait until next year. Is that silly?

Family Trust by Kathy Wang

Goodreads rating: 3.23

Okay, I was confused about Looker, but at least mystery/thriller is a genre I read quite often, so it’s somewhat understandable that it was on my TBR. This one, thouh? I have no idea why I added it, what it’s about and honestly, I don’t care to find out (I still did, and it’s time to say bye to it, because I don’t see myself picking it up willingly).

84K by Claire North

Goodreads rating: 3.27

Claire North seems to be a polarising author. I’ve read 3 of her books and liked 2 of them, and I would consider her to be a writer I like, so I’m still very interested to read 84K. It’s a sci-fi dystopian story where people can pay off their crimes and get away with them (is it really a dystopia, then?) It’s been sitting on my shelf for a while, too, so I should really pick it up soon and see how I feel about it myself.

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Goodreads rating: 3.32

Sometimes I add books to my TBR based off a vague description I hear… Like this one. I know it’s an epic fantasy and it’s Indian inspired and by an Indian author. It has to do with kingdoms and taking over the throne, maybe? Not terribly unique, but still something I could potentially want to read, though reviews say it’s long and slow.

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

Goodreads rating: 3.33

I admit, I might’ve added this one to my TBR purely based on the cover, because, let’s face it, it’s stunning! The Antidote is a YA fantasy set in a world where magic is forbidden and the main character (who obviously has magic) has to save her best friend (and the crown prince) with it. Does this sound absolutely typical? Yes. Will I read it, still? That’s a maybe – it’s a standalone, which appeals to me a lot. I’ve started too many series!

All of this is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

Goodreads rating: 3.36

A YA mystery – it was bound to pop up on this list! As far as I can remember this one is about a group of friends who befriend an author and she ends up writing a book about their lives and drama ensues. It sounds good to me, I’m not sure why the ratings are so average. I wish my library had it…

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

Goodreads rating: 3.36

I had no idea what this is about, so I read the synopsis and it’s giving me major Ready Player One vibes. That, in turn, leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Hey, if you’re new here, I HATE Ready Player One. This is coming off the TBR straight away, sorry.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Goodreads rating: 3.42

Last but not least, this is a mystery/thriller/horror and it’s meant to be weird, that’s why I added it to my TBR. I don’t know much about it and I don’t want to, because I prefer to go into these kinds of books blind. I kinda forgot about the existence of it until now, and it made me want to put down everything I’m currently reading and pick this up instead. So, I guess, thanks me for looking through my books on Goodreads and having this fantastic idea for a post – I owe me one!

Th-th-th-that’s all, folks! As always, thanks for reading! I’ll speak to you when I’m a year older (it’s my birthday in 2 days and let’s face it, I probably won’t post 2 days in a row).

4 thoughts on “Lowest Rated Books on my TBR

  1. I liked ‘Looker’ and ‘I’m Thinking Of Ending Things,’ personally. Iain Reid’s book ‘Foe’ is amazing, I’d recommend that you read that after you read ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things.’

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