Lowest Rated Books I’ve Read

Hi! Not too long ago I’ve posted about the highest rated books on my Goodreads read shelf. Today is time for the lowest rated one, which I think is a tad more interesting. None of these are below 3.3, which honestly isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

The End of the Day by Claire North

This one is rated 3.38 stars and… I think that might be too generous. Do I think it’s the worst book I’ve ever read? God, no. Did I expect it to be the lowest rated book I’ve read? Honestly, no, I’m quite surprised. I thought the concept was good, but I was confused as to the execution and the actual point of the story.

My rating:

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

The Dante Club is rated 3.39 stars. I have good yet incredibly vague memories of reading this, I know I enjoyed it a lot, but I read it years and years ago and honestly, have no recollection of what it actually is about. I gave it 4 stars, according to Goodreads, and I’m pretty sure, not counting Sherlock Holmes stories, this is the first ever murder mystery I’ve read. I think I’d have to reread it to either agree or disagree with it’s rating (seeing it blurbed by Dan Brown, I don’t have huge expectations, though – no offence intended).

My rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

This one is one of a few of Levithan’s books on this list, and it’s rated 3.43 stars. Seems like an average rating but you don’t even need to scroll through the reviews to find lots of 1 star ones completely slamming the book. And while it’s been years since I read it and it’s not Nick and Norah’s (nothing beats that), I really enjoyed this book.

My rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is rated 3.48 stars. I don’t know how it’s rated higher than Naomi and Ely’s, it’s mind boggling. I could not stand reading form Lily’s point of view, even though I loved her in the first book (Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares). Dash was great, though, so I can’t say I disliked this book.

My rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

I kind of expected this one to make the list, to be honest. It’s rated 3.49, which again is fairly decent, and there are many people who gave it 5 stars, but I didn’t really feel the book. I found it quite repetitive (it is meant to be, as it follows a girl with amnesia, but it made it hard to read) and I didn’t connect with any of the characters. It was a very “meh” book for me…

My rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Are We There Yet? by David Levithan

Ooof, another Levithan. Seems like not many people like his books. Are We There Yet? is rated 3.49 stars. I personally really liked it. I think it did a good job exploring the relationship of the two brothers in this book, and how they learn to get along.

My rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Bunny by Mona Awad

I was waiting for Bunny to show up! It’s definitely not everyone’s taste and it’s quite a polarizing book (rated 3.5 stars). Some love it, others hate it. It’s definitely the weirdest thing I’ve ever read, but in the best way possible. I really liked it.

My rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

I’d say everyone is sick of me ranting about this book. I think 3.52 star rating is waaaay to generous for it and if you wanna know why – here’s my review where I talk about it.

My rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I remember very little about this book and it really is not my preferred genre, so I don’t think it comes as a surprise I didn’t really enjoy it. It’s rated 3.55 stars with nearly 150 000 ratings. I haven’t had much luck with her books.

My rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.
This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson

Last, but not least, with a rating of 3.57, is This Splintered Silence. It’s kind of a strange one, being a sci-fi murder mystery, but it was a really fast and enjoyable read, though nothing ground breaking. I agree with the rating, it was just above average.

My rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

And that is it for today… 10 of the lowest rated books on my Goodreads read shelf. How do you feel about those ratings? Did you hate or love any of these books?

I’ll talk to you guys soon! Thanks for reading.

Highest rated books I’ve read

Hi! Happy Easter.

I’ve seen people a few people talk about the highest rated books on Goodreads that they’ve read, so I decided to do my own post about it. Ground rules before I get into it – if the same series pops up in the top 10, I’ll only count one book from it, as it can get pretty repetitive. Okay, let’s go.

My top 10 highest rated books on Goodreads:

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Number one on the list, with a star rating of 4.79 is the first book in the Stormlight Archive series (though, part 2 of it) by Brandon Sanderson. Am I surprised? Not really. Actually, the whole top 5 is various books from that series, which is INSANE but also understandable. As you probably already know, I love Sanderson and his writing, and so I think this is a well deserved first spot.

My rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

In second place, with a 4.6 star rating, we have Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. The Six of Crows duology is one of my absolute favourites, it has everything I love in fantasy and I’m not at all surprised it’s rated so high. It’s such a beloved series.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess, the final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, ranks at number 3 with a 4.58 star rating. I can honestly say The Infernal Devices is Clare’s best series (I thought maybe The Dark Artifices would beat it, but Queen of Air and Darkness ruined EVERYTHING) and I remember absolutely loving all the books in it. Though I’m not too clear on the details, I’m pretty sure I cried my eyes out reading this one.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

I don’t think anyone is surprised that there’s a Harry Potter book on this list. Half-Blood Prince comes in at number 4 with a 4.57 star rating. Coincidentally, I think it’s actually my favourite Harry Potter book – it gives so much insight into the magical world and Voldemort’s life, while still keeping the school setting, which I adore. Not at all surprised it’s been rated this high.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Number five belongs to Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – rated 4.56 stars. I’ve had some issues with the pacing of this one, and found it hard to get into the story at the very beginning. I also skipped over the smutty bits and I stopped reading the footnotes altogether. Nevernight is a well known and loved fantasy series and I get why, as it’s really well crafted. Some things in it work for me more than others, but overall I did enjoy this book.

My rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Maus by Art Spiegelman

At number six and 4.55 star rating is Maus, a graphic novel. I read it back in 2015 and I didn’t love it as much as other people did. Maybe it was the mix of the format, the fact it is nonfiction and historical as well (though I used to enjoy historical books back then), but it just didn’t work for me.

My rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Number seven shouldn’t surprise anyone. I read The Name of the Wind this year and really enjoyed it. It’s one of those books everyone loves, so I’m not surprised it’s rated 4.54 stars. It’s not quite my favourite fantasy, but it’s a great book and I think it deserves the spot on the list.

My rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I couldn’t be more excited this series made it onto the list! Obsidio ranked at number eight, with a star rating of 4.54, but in my heart it deserves a whole universe of stars. The Illuminae Files is one of my favourite series in the world. Thinking about it now… I might reread it soon.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The only contemporary on this list lands at number nine with a 4.51 star rating. I think it’s one of those books everyone should read. It explores a lot of important subjects and is a very poignant story. I loved it and I’m glad many people did, too.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Last, but not least, we have Lord of Shadows. Cassandra Clare managed to land another book on the list. It has a rating of 4.5 stars and I agree wholeheartedly. I loved this book, hence why I mentioned I thought this series had the potential to be better than the Infernal Devices. Clare’s writing improved in this one so much, the story was so complex and the ending killed me. Sadly, what followed was just a steaming pile of garbage.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As you can see, this list is 80% fantasy. It really reflects on my reading habits. It turns out I’ve mostly popular opinions on popular books.

I won’t ask if you’ve read any of these, because chances are you have, but do you agree with the ratings? Or did you rate these books lower? Let me know down below.

Thanks for reading.

Goodreads Awards – Just a popularity contest? – A Discussion

Hi! I’m back with another discussion post, although I’m a couple days late. So, let’s talk Goodreads Awards!

Before I get into the topic of the awards, I want to explain my relationship with Goodreads in general. I use the website and the app to track my reading and write reviews. I think in concept it’s a great way of finding out what your friends/people you follow are reading and get recommendations, know what’s popular nowadays and what’s coming out when. In practice, the website and app suck, but there is no alternative I know of being used on the same scale – so I roll with it.

Now – I think the awards are a great idea in concept, too. I love when my favourite books are recognised, and although there’s no price, I think authors feel very appreciated when they win the award. I think the rules should be stricter, though, as most of the times it’s not the best book, but the most popular book of the year winning.

I know I’m not the first person saying it, nor will I be the last, but in my opinion Goodreads Awards are just a popularity contest and it is painfully visible in the numbers. Take, for example, this year’s Fantasy winner – Ninth House. Don’t get me wrong – I’m over the moon Ninth House won, as it was my pick for the category, but when you look at the numbers, something just doesn’t add up… Over 53 thousand people voted for it, while only 22 thousand people rated it on Goodreads. That’s a huge difference in numbers and, quite frankly, it’s not very fair.

That being said… does it really matter? There is no prize for winning and it’s not a prestigious award. Having the book on your “read” shelf is not a requirement while voting (but if it was, people would find a way around it, anyway, and add the book as read for the duration of the competition, even if they haven’t read it), nominees have to have an above 3.5 average rating (which is quite low for “the best books of the year”) there are no real rules to it, and though, yes, people get angry when they think a book that should’ve won – didn’t, but the anger is short lived.

I’ve stopped taking the awards seriously a long time ago.

As for this year’s awards – only 2 of my picks ended up winning. I have voted for Ninth House and Daisy Jones and the Six. I’ve only voted in 6 categories (Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-fi, YA Fantasy, YA Fiction and Debut Novel), as I haven’t read any or any books deserving my votes in the remaining categories, though I know I also voted in MG, but apparently my vote didn’t cast.

What do you think about Goodreads Awards? Do you vote in them? Do you like them? Please share your thoughts down below.

I’ll be posting all about my favourite (and least favourite) books of the year in the next week or so!