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Goodreads Was Wrong | And Don’t We Know It

Time for a tag. It has been a while. I saw this tag over on Imyril but it originated from Gabs About Books on Youtube. It looked like a lot of fun to look at the average ratings of some books and how my rating differed from that. I like comparisons you might have noticed.

As always these are my opinions. We aren’t all going to like the same books as the answers below are going to show. And that is okay. As long as we are respectful of each others opinions.

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).

So I purposely searched for a 2 star book since that is what is actually low. And that was Flower of Nightfal by Maialen Alonso. It has an average rating of 4.32 but I rated it 2 stars. The writing was not for me.

What is the lowest rated book that you gave a high rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on Avg Ratings, in reverse order, and find the lowest rated book you gave a high rating).

The Absinthe Earl only has an average rating of 3.43 but I rated it 4 stars. I quite enjoyed this faery rehistory series so far.

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)

Ah right at the top, The Hunger Games. I know this is such a much loved book and series but I did not care for it at all. It has an average rating of 4.31 and I rated it 2,5 stars.

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).

Valiant by Merrie Destefano. It has an average rating of 3.71 but I rated 1 star. Nothing about this book worked for me. Sci-fi and no world buidling is a no for me.

Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a higher rating.

I’m going with around 3.50 otherwise this would not be an interesting question haha.

Belle Revolte by Lynsey Miller that I rated 4 stars. Really enjoyed this fantasy standalone. And The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle that I also rated 4 stars.

Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a lower rating.

I’m going with around 3.50 otherwise this would not be an interesting question haha.

The anthology Because You Love to Hate Me received a 2,5 stars from me. A lot of the stories didn’t work. And Heir of Illaria that I rated 2 stars. Again a story that did not work at all for me.

Choose two books that have an average rating of 4/5 stars but you gave a lower rating.

Iced by Karen Marie Moning. Already 6th installment of the Fever series. And this one did not work so greatly. I rated it 3 stars. Up to the point of This Savage Song I had really enjoyed all of V. E. Schwabs book. This, not as much. I rated it 3 stars also.

Choose two books that have an average rating of 2/5 stars but you gave a higher rating.

I have a few Dutch books/novella’s with those kind of ratings but I generally agree with them haha.

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?

I mean it really depends on the book. With some I agree and with others not at all. A low goodreads rating might just been it hasn’t found its right target group yet which can be a real shame if the average rating is what makes people pass on a book. I do look at the average rating but a lot less than a few years ago. I am more inclined to look at the reviews and ratings of goodreads friends that have similar tastes to mine (which also happen to be a lot of blogging buddies lol).

12 thoughts on “Goodreads Was Wrong | And Don’t We Know It

  1. Ik kijk zelden naar de gemiddelde waardering, maar ga net als jij eerder af op de waardering van vrienden of mensen die ik volg.
    Heel wat boeken krijgen al een waardring van voor ze zijn gepubliceerd of worden gewaardeerd op andere meningen dan de inhoud van het boek. Dus die gemiddelde neem ik altijd wel met een korrel zout.
    Het is natuurlijk wel zo dat de mogelijkheid dat je een boek ontdekt hoger wordt naarmate die gemiddelde waardering hoger ligt, dus ja, het is wel een moeilijke om compleet te negeren.

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    1. Ja het is wel heel lastig. En niet alleen bij boeken. Ik was op zoek naar een nieuwe ereader en het gemiddelde van een was 4,4. Super zou je zeggen maar alle eerste reviews waren allemaal 1 sterren omdat hij zo snel kapot was en bij allemaal met dezelfde kwaaltjes. Terwijl een andere ereader een iets lagere gemiddelde had maar prima reviews had verder.

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  2. This is fun comparison tag! (I’m a sucker for comparing things, too. I’m going to have to do this tag… 😉 ) I agree with you that I’m more likely to look at what friends say about a book instead of the general public. I’m more likely to get a good idea of what I’ll think of a book when reading a review by someone whose preferences I already know.

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    1. Agreed. And where I know their style of reviewing too. I find it so helpful to see the content warnings because I get a good idea on whether or not I could deal with that book, you know.

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  3. This was fun! I admit I don’t take GR ratings too seriously. It seems to me that GR users rate almost everything high, so I don’t think too much of a four-star or five-star rating. But if I see something has three stars or less, then I start to think a book must not be that great, because it’s so unusual to see low ratings on the site.

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    1. True. I generally have no problem rating a book 2 or 3 stars. And I think in general the people I have friended there are all bloggers, reviewers and critical readers. But when you look at the general community reviews it can be very different, though that is even more so with well known authors.

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