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?