Lowest Rated Books on My TBR and Why I Still Want to Read Them

LowestRated Bookson My TBR

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle


Goodreads Rating: 3.21 Stars

I had no idea that this book was rated so low! It has been on my TBR for years and I should probably remove it but I am still intrigued by it. I have read and loved Shine by Lauren Myracle, and I would like to read something else by her and The Infinite Moment of Us is the only other book of hers that appeals to me. There are a lot of one star reviews but also quite a few 4 and 5 star reviews so I am curious to see what I think!

The Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston


Goodreads Rating: 3.22 Stars

Let’s be honest, I knew absolutely nothing about this book when I added it to my TBR! I saw that gorgeous cover and instantly wanted to read it. Despite the low ratings, the synopsis still really catches my attention and the fact that it is set in Toronto makes me want to give it a chance. Something in my gut is telling me I am going to enjoy this book in spite of the mixed reviews.

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton


Goodreads Rating: 3.38 Stars

The reviews for The Price Guide to the Occult among my Goodread’s friends alone are so mixed! My friends have rated it anywhere from one to five stars! I know that magical realism is not for everyone so I suspect that is part of why the reviews are all over the place. If done well, I absolutely adore magical realism! There are also witches! I hope to get to this one soon.

The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass


Goodreads Rating: 3.42 Stars

Okay, okay this is another book I added to my TBR without looking at the review simply because of the cover, but it also sounds really good. It seems to hit so many of my buzzwords including sibling relationships, no romance, cult, complex characters, etc. I read a few of the negative reviews and nothing that was talked about turned me off from reading it.

Wicked by Gregory McGuire

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)

Goodreads Rating: 3.52 Stars

I have been wanting to read Wicked for many years and have tried so many times! I can not get through it but I am not quite ready to give up on it. I just want to love it! Someone I know in real life absolutely loves this book so I am trying to see why she raves about it so much. Maybe if I just push passed 30 pages it will pick up? We will see!

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich


Goodreads Rating: 3.51 Stars

The synopsis for Idaho is what makes me think I will enjoy it so I figured I would just share it with you.

One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, and sing snatches of songs as they while away the time.

But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.

In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky


Goodreads Rating: 2.53 Stars

Kill the Boy Band just sounds fun and entertaining! I can definitely relate to being a boy band fangirl because I was completely obsessed with The Backstreet Boys in the 90’s (and I still love them.) I get the feeling that this is a book that you can not take too seriously, and is one I hope to pick up when I am looking for something that is just plain fun!


I would love to know what are the lowest rated books on your TBR and why you still want to read them!


38 thoughts on “Lowest Rated Books on My TBR and Why I Still Want to Read Them

  1. Good luck with The Infinite moment of us….I did not like that one at all. The lowest rating ones for me are actually ones I already read. To Kill a Kingdom and The Wicked Deep had mixed reviews but I still read them and I actually liked them! I might do this post later or another day though. I always keep an eye out for ratings.

  2. I love love love this post! Such a great idea! Whenever I decide to read a book I always look at the rating on Goodreads first, and if it’s a 3.7 or below I won’t read it. But then again, I might like what other people don’t so I need to get out of that habit haha!

  3. The lowest rated book on my TBR is Plagued Thoughts and I still want to read it because only two people rated it on goodreads ahahha

  4. WICKED IS GOOD. People are tripping. I thought it was well-written, complex, and different. It
    s not as whimsical and charming as the musical. It’s definitely more of a character-driven story (considering it’s basically an villain origin story). There were some parts I had trouble grasping at first, so I’m due for a re-read. I felt like Wicked was “literary” in tone. It’s definitely not a light read. I hope you like it!

    1. I agree!! It’s a very slow start though and can be hard to get into originally. But once it picks up it’s absolutely amazing!!! One of my favorite books. I still haven’t read A Lion Among Men tho

  5. Kristin, when I look at Goodreads it says Kill the Boy Band has a 3.53 rating….

    I read it and I rather enjoyed it! I was obsessed with a certain boy band in the early 90s *cough* New Kids *cough* so I identified for sure! It’s dark. But I also found it funny and ridiculous and a great ride! You’re right; you just can’t take it too seriously.

    Hope that helps and if you read it, I’d love to know what you think!

  6. That Inevitable Victorian Thing is on my TBR as well! It’s the cover and the synopsis that got me lol.
    Personally, I loved Wicked. I’ve read the series and I’ve seen the musical. The book is so much deeper than you would expect. It’s really good 😉

  7. Love this post idea! I have lots of books on my TBR that don’t have real great ratings, but I still want to try them. Sometimes I really disagree with what the GoodReads masses say.

  8. I love Wicked! I’m really surprised that it’s rated so low. I pay a lot of attention to ratings on Goodreads. If something is below 3.6ish, I start to lose interest. I’m now wondering if I’m being a little too picky.

      1. People can be overly harsh with their ratings, which is probably dragging the numbers down. I’ve read reviews where people are like “I loved this book, except for [one minor thing]” and then they rate it 3 stars. Why is it only 3 stars if they loved it?!

  9. I love this idea for a blog post! I would also love to hear an update after reading some of these to see if you actually liked them or not. 😀

  10. Wicked has that low an average rating?? I really enjoyed that book! It’s definitely not for everyone, and it gets pretty depressing and a little dragging at some points, but, all in all well worth the read in my opinion! Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by its rating. This is a great Tag! I’m going to have to do this one sometime!

  11. I think it’s good you didn’t let the ratings stop you. We don’t all rate the same. 5 stars are rare from me (which translates to run, don’t walk, to get this book – if I give every book I like 5 stars, what stars are left for the books I love). So I’m not inclined to write off a book with a 3 rating (I don’t think of 3 as low at all really – but good, with 4 being very good). And I actually read at least a couple of the low reviews (by which I mean 1-2 star reviews) and one of the top reviews to see what they have to say (sometimes it has nothing at all to do with the quality of the book but rather the preference of the reader which is not a reason to rate a book below par in my view, so I like to read what they actually have to say – if I weight it at all).

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