5 Books I Liked With “Low” Goodreads Ratings

Most of the time, I tend to read books that have high Goodreads ratings. They’re the ones that people are raving the most about and surely, it’s more likely that I enjoy them if other people have, right? At least, that’s what usually happens.

The other day, I was sorting the books I had read based on their average rating and I was surprised to see some books that I had enjoyed having quite low ratings. Okay, it’s not like they have 1s or 2s, but in the Goodreads world (where everyone is quite benevolent), I consider anything below 3.5 to be low.

Good As Gone by Amy Gentry – Rating: 3.5

Good As Gone was one of the first books I reviewed when I joined WordPress and I still remember it because of its amazing structure. Come on, have you ever read a book that used the point of view technique as uniquely as this one? The mystery was quite intriguing and I still remember practically everything that happened, so I guess it was a winner for me.

The Night She Won Miss America by Michael Callahan – Rating: 3.45

This was a quiet book that was inspired by a true story about a miss America who ran away after the contest. It was not super thrilling but quite enjoyable and I remember feeling sorry for her and her boyfriend. It was quite a tragic story and I have a soft spot for historical fiction.

Home Field by Hannah Gersen – Rating: 3.42

This was another of those quiet books and one of my first reviews here. I remember that it was a beautiful and sad story about a family and I really enjoyed learning about every family member after the mother commits suicide. It had a Friday Night Lights vibe and I don’t get all the low ratings.

Little Deaths by Emma Flint – Rating: 3.36

This was a highly anticipated book and I remember everyone talking about it when it first came out. But soon, the reviews became pretty negative. To be honest, I found this a realistic and poignant novel about how we quickly judge women just because they’re not who we believe they’re “supposed” to be. And the ending was totally unexpected and tragic.

Perennials by Mandy Brennan – Rating: 3.08

I get that this book isn’t for everyone. It’s not a book filled with action where there’s a lot going on. Sometimes, it all depends on the connection. And this book got me. Maybe I read it at the right time, but I remember that it followed many characters during various summers and that it was quite an emotional ride.

What about you? What are some of your favorites with low Goodreads ratings?

36 thoughts on “5 Books I Liked With “Low” Goodreads Ratings

  1. cagedunn says:

    We’re all different – maybe some of them lost if the blurb wasn’t a good enough reflection of what the reader expected.
    But I’ve had books where the older person loved it, and the younger person hated it – and yet, they both said the same things!


  2. Janel (Keeper of Pages) says:

    I loved Little Deaths, and never did understand that low rating 🤷🏾‍♀️. Good as Gone is one I want to read so I’m pleased to see it mentioned. I remember when I read The Three by Sarah Lotz, I loved it and that one has quite a low rating, it baffled me, but then the author said it was quite controversial in the US because of the religious aspect so I thought that could be why. I’ve only read Little Deaths of the ones you’ve mentioned and could see people thinking it was controversial/sensitive so that may be why the low rating.


    • Annie says:

      Yeah, I get that it’s a bit controversial because the main character was unlikable but I believe it portrayed so many important themes and the ending was shocking! GAG the mystery itself maybe it wasn’t shocking but the structure was so unique that I really enjoyed it.

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  3. Jennifer Wells says:

    What a lovely idea for a post. I must say I find Goodreads ratings quite depressing. Books which tend to be light reading and have straightforward/feel-good plots seem to get higher ratings whereas anything which is more challanging just doesn’t rate as well. Some of my favourite reads of all time have relatively low ratings.


  4. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer says:

    Good as Gone sounds interesting, especially that unique way of telling the story! I’m going to take a look at the ones I loved the most and see where the ratings are at. I don’t expect them to be low but you never know I’m surprised :-). Great idea for a post!


  5. Zuky the BookBum says:

    I’ve only read Little Deaths of the ones you’ve mentioned and that was a DNF for me 🤷‍♀️ I’m glad you enjoyed it though and I’m going to look at As Good as Gone cause you’ve made me intrigued!


  6. Kate @ everywhere and nowhere says:

    I’ve not read any of these but will admit I can be quite sceptical about a book if it doesn’t have a rating over 3.5, but I should probably not be so judgemental. It’s just difficult with so many good books to read out there and not enough time to do it. I like the sound of Good As Gone, great post 🙂


  7. Diana says:

    Brilliant idea for a post. I remember your review of Little Deaths,you got me interested in reading that one.

    Goodreads ratings are confusing for me at times.In most cases,I go the opposite directions.Highly rated books don’t work for me and vice versa.


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