I’ve been using Goodreads since 2018 and I initially created an account to look for book titles and information. I wasn’t at all familiar with setting up reading goals or reading reviews until months after creating my account.
1. what is the highest rated book that you gave a low rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on Average Ratings and find the highest rated book you gave a low rating)
Okay, hear me out. This is the only classic book I read and I read it years ago, when my reading comprehension is still underdeveloped. It was a phase when I feel pressured reaching a matured age and not being able to read any classic book so I went and bought a preloved copy from a schoolmate. I remember crawling my way out of this one for months. My brain cells focused more on understanding the writing style rather than the overall theme and it’s something I realized when I read reviews about this book now. To Kill A Mockingbird has an average rating of 4.28 and I gave it a 3.
2. what is the lowest rated book that you gave a high rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on Average Ratings, in reverse order, and find the lowest rated book you gave a high rating)
Wicked As You Wish got an average rating of 3.34 and I gave it a solid 4. I understand why some people say that they had a hard time getting into the world and fully grasping the entirety of what was happening. I also encountered a pretty rough start but my willingness to love the book allowed me to continue reading. Another driving factor for the 4-star rating is the strong Filipino representation. I know books like this will always be viewed differently depending on one’s capability to understand and preferences. What I don’t appreciate are the hateful comments but whatever. We are all entitled to our own opinion 😀
3. what is the most popular book you disagree with the avg rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on number of Ratings, and find the first book you disagree with the avg rating)
I don’t care if you disagree with me but, The Hunger Games is the classic YA trilogy that paved the way with almost a lot of other series and trilogies we grew to love. This series, particularly this first book means so much to me. This is the first trilogy I ever read and made me reconcile with reading since then. It has an average rating of 4.32 (which is not bad tbh) but I gave it a perfect 5. I still plan to reread this and see if my feelings will change!
4. what is the least popular book you disagree with the avg rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on number of Ratings, in reverse order, and find the first book you disagree with the avg rating)
Through the White Wood has a total of 640 ratings with the average rating being 3.7. This is actually a book I did not expect to enjoy that much. I gave it a solid 4 because I really had a great time with it! It’s a fantasy standalone inspired by Russian folklore and I adore the writing and plot. I can say this is an underrated book and I hope more people will discover this!
5. choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a higher rating
The Bone Witch and When Dimple Met Rishi both got an average rating of 3.7 and I both rated them 4 stars. You must have been tired hearing me promote The Bone Witch, but it’s really a good trilogy so PICK IT UP. When Dimple Met Rishi is a fun YA contemporary about these teens who were set up for marriage by their parents but Dimple have a different plan for herself. It was an entertaining and sweet read!!
6. choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a lower rating
I seldom give 2-star rating, and when it happens it’s either I’m really underwhelmed or the book has a lot of problematic stuff. Magonia is a complete cover buy for me. It has an average rating of 3.5 and I gave it a 2. I read it ages ago, and I cannot even recall what the story is about so there- not memorable. Saints and Misfits on the other hand is a complete disappointment 😦 I badly wanted to like this book! Don’t get me wrong- I appreciate the heavy topics it carried such as sexual assault, and Islam representation. I just find the plot kind of all over the place. Things happened too fast, and there were a lot of loose ends. This book has a 3.5 average rating and I sadly gave it a 2.
7. choose two books that have an average rating of 4/5 stars but you gave a lower rating
Okay, unpopular opinion coming your way!! City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instrument series got an average rating of 4 and I gave it a 3. This is a new rating since I reread the series last 2019. Fellow Shadowhunter trash, don’t come at me and hear me out. I decided to give it a 3 because I compared it to the rest of the books from the series. And let’s all accept it: Cassie improved a lot since City of Bones, so having these flaws are completely understandable.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon got a 4.1 average rating and I gave it a 3 as well. I know a lot of people enjoyed this middle grade fantasy book and I definitely joined hype. Unfortunately, I did not connect to the characters and the world as much as I wanted to. Some say it has a lot of underlying messages that both kids and adults can relate to. I guess I just prefer middle grade books that’s more direct to the point and more whimsical. (I’m sorry.)
8. choose two books that have an average rating of 2/5 stars but you gave a higher rating.
I don’t have any book for this question!
9. do you tend to agree or disagree with GR average rating and do you use GR as a guide for books you want to read?
Goodreads is definitely not a perfect application but it’s still my default channel in browsing titles and reviews. I only check the average rating just to see an overview BUT my decision to read the book or not will depend on the thoughts I saw from my mutuals or the popular opinion from the community reviews. I don’t really pay too much attention with the average rating. For the last question, my answer is yes. It’s my main source for book information and whatnots.
10. tag someone!
I’m tagging some wonderful accounts, but of course feel free to do this one when you see it!
Have fun doing the book tag and have a wonderful day ahead!