Books I Loved with Low Ratings on Goodreads (Part Two)

Two weeks ago, I posted the first part of this post, which you can find here. Since then, I listened to a podcast that I love and the topic of Goodreads ratings came up. One of the hosts mentioned that if she sees a book on Goodreads that has an average that is less that 8.7 or 8.8, she won’t pick it up. This is a common phenomenon among many readers who I have spoken to. The books I am sharing today have a Goodreads rating between 3.5 stars and 3.7 stars but I still loved them and I am happy that I picked them up. Check out the first post for books I loved with an average rating under 3.5 stars.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly Guilty

Goodreads Rating: 3.56

My Rating: 4

While I will admit that Truly Madly Guilty is not Moriarty’s best book, I enjoyed it for what it was. Her books are always compulsively readable, and they help me out of a reading slump. I think that is part of the reason why this one got a higher rating from me- it was the right book at the right time.

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler


Goodreads Rating: 3.59

My Rating: 4

This is the only Anne Tyler novel that I have read, and maybe that is why I enjoyed it more than others seemed to- I had no expectations going in to it. I love that it was a slice of life story and that the protagonist was over the age of fifty- not a perspective that is often found in books. It is a more quiet book and I appreciated it all the more for that reason.

Lady Susan by Jane Austen


Goodreads Rating: 3.59

My Rating: 4

Admittedly, Lady Susan is not Jane Austen’s best work but it is a lot of fun! I thought Lady Susan was a great character. She was manipulative and catty, but that made her all the more fun to read about! I also love that the book is told through letters, which I completely understand is not for everyone.

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan


Goodreads Rating: 3.61

My Rating: 4.5

The Painted Girls is a book I read and loved years ago. I really should talk about it more on my blog because it has stayed with me after all of this time. It is a historical fiction novel set in Paris in the 1800s following two sisters, and it is absolutely beautiful. Art plays a huge role in the story, which is something I have discovered that I love in books.

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller


Goodreads Rating: 3.60

My Rating: 5

This is one of my favourite books!! That said, I understand why Claire Fuller’s novels are not for everyone. They are very descriptive and character-driven, there is not a lot of actually plot. There is an element of mystery but it is in the backdrop. There is something about her books that perfectly aligns with my tastes- I can’t quite put it in to words.

Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore


Goodreads Rating: 3.63

My Rating: 5

I have to say that I was surprised to find that Wild Beauty had a lower average rating. It was a book that everyone was talking about when it first came out. I think that the magical realism aspect of this book is not for everyone. I personally prefer magical realism to fantasy, but I know I am in the minority. I thought this book was as beautiful as its cover.

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller


Goodreads Rating: 6.63

My Rating: 5

Another Claire Fuller book… This book has the potential to be my favourite read of the year! All the things I said about Swimming Lessons also apply here.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue


Goodreads Rating: 3.63

My Rating: 5

Another favourite… I think one of the reasons why this one has low ratings is because it is so different from Room, a book by the same other that is very much loved. I would never guess that these two books were written by the same author. The Wonder is very strange book and you spend a lot of the time wondering WTF is going on. I love it for that!

22 thoughts on “Books I Loved with Low Ratings on Goodreads (Part Two)

  1. Wow, that’s a really high standard that she mentioned! I usually only get a bit suspicious when a rating is under 3.5. Interesting to see how others consider it!

  2. I’m usually an unpopular opinion and like a lot of books that received average ratings. It’s always the hyped up books that I worry about. I tend to be disappointed by those..This is a great post! I just posted something similar on my IG account asking which books other readers thought were underrated 🙂

  3. wow I’m surprised by that rating for truly madly guiltily, cos I love Moriarty and am looking forward to reading it- glad you loved it! And I have high hopes for wild beauty as well, despite the low rating. Great post!

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