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Reading the lowest rated books (Goodreads)

I was inspired to do this by Lala over at Booksandlala. I loved her video and the idea honestly and it fits well with my other reading goals for this year (reading a lot of the books I’ve had for over a year etc).
She decided to read the lowest rated books on Goodreads that she owns. So, I’m going to attempt to do the same. Now with this not being a video but a blog post I’m going to have to split it into two parts: a tbr and a wrap-up. I hope I can get through the books in a timely manner so when I post my wrap up you still know what’s going on. But we’ll see.

Without further ado, I’ll tell you about the five books:
Here is a link to my Goodreads shelf with all the books I own so you can check it out.

The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb

The first book on this list is The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb.* Average Rating: 3.21
To be honest I bought this because of the cover. I love the blueish colour and the white spine. I got this a few years ago and I actually picked this book for my October TBR before I thought of doing this project. So you can see that I am going into it with hope to like it. I wouldn’t do this if I thought I would dislike all the books because honestly, reading time is too precious for that.
This is a gothic novel so I thought it perfect for the spooky season.

*The links all bring you to the Goodreads pages, if available the English version

I think it’s good to see that even though these five are the lowest rated on Goodreads they still have all an average rating of 3+. That is kinda low for Goodreads but it’s still a little reassuring tbh. At least some people had to like these very much.

Das Labyrinth

Next is Into the Labyrinth or Das Labyrinth as I own the German version. This is originally written in Swedish if I’m not mistaken. Average Rating: 3.22
It sounds quite intriguing actually, so I’m hopeful that I’ll like it. And this book has a little nostalgia bonus because I bought it as a reward after graduating high school (surviving that hellhole) and what better way to celebrate than buying books??
You can read all the descriptions on Goodreads with my link above but it’s about a girl going missing and it’s being told by four unreliable narrators (the parents being two of those) and I think that sounds cool. And perfect for this time of year.

Der tag wird kommen

Book three is Der Tag wird kommen (Min Tid Kommer)* and it has no English translation. Average rating: 3.44
So I’m keeping this short-ish. It’s about a bullied boy who just tries to survive school because one day his time will come. It is said to be quite thought-provoking (and having a futuristic twist?) so I’m looking forward to that. I got this as a gift about two or three years ago, so it’s time to finally read it.

  • I included the link just in case you understand German or Norwegian and wanna know what it’s about. (And because of symmetry and aesthetic reasons … I shallow, I’m sorry)

The Iron Witch

The next book is The Iron Witch and I’m actually quite excited to read it. Ever since finishing The Cruel Prince by Holly Black I’m in a fae/faerie mood. It promises a great friendship, magic and dark fey creatures. So yes, please.
The average rating for this one is 3.46 so it’s not too bad. Though I usually don’t buy books that have a rating lower than 3.75 if they aren’t books I’m incredibly interested in.
This was bought second hand a few years ago. Time to read it. Also somewhat of a cover buy … I remember really liking this cover even though now it doesn’t really do that much for me. Eh … tastes change.

Now the next book would actually be El Secreto Del Peregrino but my Spanish is a little rusty atm and not up to par to read a historical fiction novel. I want to read this when I can actually enjoy reading it, so it wouldn’t be fair to do it right now.

Das Labyrinth der träumenden Bücher

So instead I’ll read the next book on the list which is: The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books (another Labyrinth book … do you guys have anything against poor labyrinths? They’re fun!) Average Rating: 3.56

No, but seriously, I’m simultaneously surprised and not surprised. I knew this book wasn’t as well received as all the other Zamonia books (this is the second book in the Dreaming City series*) but I didn’t think the rating would be that low.
Now I think it is hugely because this book was originally supposed to be longer. The third book (that still has no release date!!!) and this one were supposed to be one book but due to time and deadline issues it got separated and seems to stop right when it finally gets into the real action. So this is more of an introduction, a 430 pages long introduction, so I guess it isn’t that surprising that people rated it lower. But I mean it’s all about books, a city full of books and people/creatures who love books and adventure, so … what’s not to like?
Originally I wanted to wait reading this until the next book came out but for the sake of this experiment/project and the sake of trying to accomplish my 2018 reading goals, I’ll try to read it soon-ish/this year.

* I linked the first book in the series so if you hadn’t heard about these books you wouldn’t spoil yourselves while reading the synopsis for the second book. I’m looking out for you guys!

Out of these 5 books I wanted to read 3 anyway so this isn’t too bad! I’m curious to see if I’ll agree with the Goodreads ratings or at least understand why they are so low.

Hope to see you soon with the wrap up to this project!!

Have you read any of these?

5 thoughts on “Reading the lowest rated books (Goodreads)

    1. Yes, I loved the idea when I saw it on Lala’s channel and since I obviously wanted to read these books at some time …
      And I know I adored some books people aren’t that popular or beloved so I’m really curious.
      Yay, the poor Labyrinths get some love 😄


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