Low-Rated Books I Loved

I saw this post by Lauren at Bookmark Lit earlier this week, and I was so curious about my own reading. I needed to know which books I loved that had a lower average on Goodreads. I decided to cut it off at 3.4 stars, and these are books that I rated 4-stars or 5-stars.

 

Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult

Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult

Average Rating: 3.19 Stars

My Rating: 5 Stars

Why I love it: I read this book when I was in college, maybe before, and it was one of the first books I read with alternating perspectives and a non-linear timeline. It’s full of family drama and young love, and for me, then and now, it was just perfect.

 

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

Average Rating: 3.3 Stars

My Rating: 4 Stars

Why I love it: This beach read has great, relatable characters. It’s one of those long-held secrets, coming to light kind of dramas. What can I say? I apparently thrive on fictional drama. I just really liked this story, even though it was fairly predictable. Who doesn’t love a good beach read? (Well, a lot of people actually.)

 

Irises by Francisco X. Stork

Irises by Francisco X. Stork

Average Rating: 3.31 Stars

My Rating: 5 Stars

Why I love it: My sister recommended this book to me years ago. It’s a YA story about two teenage girls caring for their mother, who is in a persistent vegetative state, after their father dies. I love realistic fiction, and I love family drama and relationships between sisters. I guess this book also just hit all of my book loves and was a perfect match for me. I read it in one day.

 

The Possible by Tara Altebrando

The Possible by Tara Altebrando

Average Rating: 3.29 Stars

My Rating: 4 Stars

Why I love it: This book is contemporary but with some paranormal elements. I found it so interesting, and I couldn’t put it down. I loved how contemporary it was – podcasting is a part of the main plot. Plus it had wonderful boys – the jock love interest and the adorable best friend. I don’t know. It just worked for me.

 

Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird #2) by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Average Rating: 3.31 Stars

My Rating: 4 Stars

Why I love it: I know. I know. No one likes this book. But I actually liked it better than To Kill a Mockingbird. I read this book knowing that it was mostly unedited, but I really related to the adult Scout and her struggles with returning to the South after spending time in the North. I liked reading about her dealing with an aging father and being disillusioned about him now that she’s become a more enlightened adult. It just struck me much more than young Scout’s story in To Kill a Mockingbird.

 

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Average Rating: 3.34 Stars

My Rating: 4 Stars

Why I love it: I just found this book funny. It’s sarcastic and satirical, and while I don’t normally like those things, this story was just so out-there that it worked for me. Perhaps it’s because I heard Aaron Starmer talk about this book at BEA. I really don’t know. I just loved it.

 

What low-rated books have you loved? Go check your Goodreads and report back.

 

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6 Comments

  1. I used to love Jodi Picoult and have always wanted to go back and read some more of her books – glad to know you liked that one! I did a report on her in high school and remember Humpback Whale being her debut…?

    I also liked All the Summer Girls! I might have read that one because you liked it, maybe?? I also have a copy of The Possible to read!
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    1. Yeah, I’m a little nervous about going back and re-reading some of Jodi’s older books, but I have continued to love her newer books. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia.

      The Possible is a super short, quick read. You should get to it soon! 😉

  2. Low rated might not be the best term, but often I will get a silly bodice ripper audiobook (the cheesier the cover the better) and the book almost always turns out to be very entertaining. In one book I learned quite a bit about Regency era estate laws and the auction business.

  3. I love Jodi Picoult books but never read the Whale one. It’s definitely been a few years since I’ve read one of her books (I think the last one I read was House Rules), so I’m probably due to read one of hers. I also liked The Possible!! It wasn’t perfect, and a lot of the characters pissed me off, but I never once wanted to stop reading.
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    1. Cool. Check out Songs of the Humpback Whales. It’s her first book I think, but it’s still one of my favorites.

      Yes! I love being sucked into a good book. The feeling of needing to keep reading is so great. I wish every book held my interest that way.

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