T10T: My Most Controversial Ratings

TTT-Big2

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt was actually to list 10 books you DNFed too soon, but seeing as I just did a post about DNFed titles for T10T last week, I wanted to do something different: my most controversial ratings!

I’ll pick 5 books that I rated low (1-2 stars), but that have high average ratings on Goodreads, and then I’ll pick 5 books that I rated high (4-5 stars), but that have low average ratings!


Popular Books I Rated Low

000000001.jpg

1. Lighter Than My Shadow — Katie Green
My Rating: 2
Goodreads Avg: 4.39
This is a graphic novel about eating disorders and being an assault survivor. It’s based on the author’s own life, and it should have been a home run for me, but I found it so tremendously slow-moving and boring. It’s over 500 pages and it honestly should’ve been 300 or less.

2. Ready Player One — Ernest Cline
My Rating: 1
Goodreads Avg: 4.3
I definitely don’t mean to offend anyone with this opinion (or any of the ones in this list!), but Ernest Cline is just not the author for me. I’ve tried reading more than just this book, and I just… can’t do it. I gave RPO 3 tries before 1-starring it and leaving it alone forever.

3. Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen
My Rating: 2
Goodreads Avg: 4.25
I know a lot of you are side-eyeing me big time for this one! I actually loved P&P as a kid, but as an adult, I’ve tried rereading it so many times, and it’s dreadfully boring to me now, and Mr. Darcy’s entire appeal has worn off by this point and I just think he’s a jerk.

4. All the Bright Places — Jennifer Niven
My Rating: 1
Goodreads Avg: 4.19
I know this book is popular and has helped a lot of people, and I’d never try to diminish that, but I genuinely think its mental health representation is incredibly toxic, and the characters are just awful. I also hate the “twist” towards the end with a fiery passion – not because it’s sad, but because it’s such a hurtful portrayal of bipolar disorder.

5. Girl Out of Water — Laura Silverman
My Rating: 2
Goodreads Avg: 4.16
This protagonist is one of the most singularly aggravating characters I’ve ever read about in my life.

Unpopular Books I Rated High

000000002

1. The Atrocities — Jeremy C. Shipp
My Rating: 5
Goodreads Avg: 3.21
I tried not to include too many books that don’t have a lot of ratings, but I had to include this one because I was so sad to see such a low average! I adored this creepy little gothic novella.

2. There’s Someone Inside Your House — Stephanie Perkins
My Rating: 4
Goodreads Avg: 3.4
I’m not surprised at all to see this make the list, since I know most of my friends hated it, but I loved it (and you can read my rant-y review here, if you want to know why!).

3. Thirteen Chairs — Dave Shelton
My Rating: 4
Goodreads Avg: 3.39
I was a little surprised by this one, because I thought it was a pretty solid YA horror anthology, but when I thought about it more, I could kind of see how it wouldn’t work for everyone.

4. Reign of the Fallen — Sarah Glenn Marsh
My Rating: 5
Goodreads Avg: 3.44
This one made me sad, because I absolutely love this book (and this author!). A friend of mine and I were actually talking just a few days ago about how shocked we are that this book is so underrated! I mean… BISEXUAL NECROMANCERS.

5. The Grownup — Gillian Flynn
My Rating: 5
Goodreads Avg: 3.54
This one, I’m actually not surprised by, because… this little book is so bizarre, honestly. But it’s hilarious, and weird, and twisty, and I loved it.


What are some of your controversial ratings?


{TWITTER . BOOKSTAGRAM . FACEBOOK . GOODREADS}

65 thoughts on “T10T: My Most Controversial Ratings

  1. emmareadstoomuch says:

    omg. this post is so controversial…i’m astounded.

    i’ve been meaning to reread all the bright places for a long time, b/c i 5 starred it but did so before i was, like, at all a critical reader. but also i’m scared to 😦

    screaming at ready player one and pride & prejudice but i’ll take my wounded heart elsewhere b/c this post was soso fun and entertaining

    Like

    • Destiny @ Howling Libraries says:

      LMAO. I try to keep you guys on your toes every now and then

      I honestly gave ATBP 3 stars when I first read it, and then every time I thought about it, it made me angry so I eventually lowered it to 1. And now it’s just like… you know how every reviewer has that one book that’s like the bane of their existence? That’s mine. 😦 Well, it WAS mine, until The Tombs came along and I keep getting harassed on goodreads for my review of it, but that’s another story.

      I’M SORRRYYYYY PLEASE STILL LOVE ME

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    Oh! Funny.

    I read Ready Player One and quite liked it. I still need to see the movie though. I want to find out how they ended up messing it up or doing it justice. [I think it’ll be a meh-one because I haven’t heard very much about it?]
    Reign of the Fallen is still on the TBR because it was such a cover-buy, haha! Fingers crossed I’ll also be giving it a high rating! 😀

    Like

  3. Olivia says:

    I totally agree with you on “All The Bright Places” but am sad to see Pride and Prejudice on that list. Though, I’ve not read it in a while…maybe I should.

    Like

  4. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    I really enjoyed the Grownup! And I am sucked into Reign of the Fallen. I see so many negative reviews complaining the author failed to provide enough explanation, and I disagree! I think it is fun 🖤 so I will probably follow suit with you. I do have Ready Player One to read. I am told with my age, the nostalgia will win me over. Fingers are crossed but not holding my breath haha.

    Like

  5. Poinsettia says:

    Interesting twist on the topic this week! From your list, I’ve only read Pride and Prejudice, and I really love it. I’m sorry you don’t enjoy it as much as you used to. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    Like

  6. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    I love P&P but I can barely finish the book too- the language was too hard for me. Hm I tend to avoid low rating books so I never know what I may rated highly, but I gave low rating for Geekerella, which is like the most hyped up book last year!

    Like

    • Destiny @ Howling Libraries says:

      The language is kinda difficult, isn’t it? It’s so wordy and I feel like it’s just a bit pretentious! Oh wow, yes, a low rating for Geekerella definitely is a controversial one! I haven’t read that yet, but I read her latest release, Heart of Iron, and didn’t like it. 😦

      Like

  7. Ally Writes Things says:

    I’m the same with All the Bright Places!! I HATED Finch, he was the worst. And I totally agree about the mental illness rep. I thought it was so poorly handled. I DNFed it at like 11% because it was so bad

    Like

  8. Victoria says:

    I completely agree with you on All The Bright Places! I tried reading it because I heard so many good things about it, but was horrified at what I read. I hated how it romanticized suicide and didn’t represent mental illnesses correctly.
    I also rated There’s Someone Inside Your House higher than most people. I recognize that there were some issues with the book, but I really enjoyed the horror aspect of the novel.

    Like

  9. Keri says:

    Love this idea!

    Omg I totally feel ya on Ready Player One. All the exposition and Wade being a love sick puppy annoyed the frick out of me.
    And glad to hear you enjoyed Reign of the Fallen! It’s on my TBR. 🙂

    Some controversial ratings that I’ve given are that I rated The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney 5 stars and that I gave Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 2 stars.

    Like

    • Destiny @ Howling Libraries says:

      Thank you, Keri! I hope you enjoy Reign of the Fallen! I haven’t heard of The Brokenhearted, but I feel you on Everything, Everything. I enjoyed it a lot the first time I read it – mostly because it was the first new YA contemporary I’d read in a long time, as it was right after my “YA hiatus” ended – but I tried rereading it last summer and I believe I lowered my rating to either 2 or 3 stars!

      Like

    • Destiny @ Howling Libraries says:

      Omg, Kay! This gives me hope that I won’t be as alone as I thought I was on disliking Pride and Prejudice, haha! I’ve only ever met 2 or 3 people in real life who dislike it besides me and it always makes me feel like I “missed” something that everyone else is reading, lol.

      Like

  10. whitreadslit says:

    I absolutely loved this post! I’m actually going to steal it and do one of my own, but I will be giving you all of the credit (which you totally deserve!), and sending everyone your way as well! I hope you don’t mind!!

    I am a huge P&P fan, but I suppose I can forgive you 😉 Also, Captain Wentworth and Mr. Knightley are actually a little bit more swoon-worthy than Mr. Darcy, in my opinion, if you want to give another Austen a try 🙂

    Like

  11. liveforbroadway says:

    I actually haven’t heard of a few of these but I agree with you about Mr. Darcy. He lost his appeal the older I got. And then the representation in All the Bright Places could have been better, I agree, and while I’m not going to–as you put it–diminish everything in it that has helped others, it just wasn’t my cup of tea and I wish it had been portrayed a little different. That twist was a massive no.

    Annnddd, I loved There’s Someone Inside Your House and The Grown-Ups, too, so I am glad to see another person (aaaaat last) rated them higher too. Nearly everyone I know didn’t like either of them.

    Great list!

    Like

    • Destiny @ Howling Libraries says:

      Thank you! Haha, I love this whole comment! Same on Mr. Darcy, like, I liked him okay as a kid but now he doesn’t do it for me. And yeah… the twist in All the Bright Places had me seeing red, 100%. Sooooo glad that you liked TSIYH and The Grownups, though!

      Like

  12. aravenclawlibrary says:

    I seem to be the only one in existence who has rated the first two books of the Raven Cycle 2 stars. Every other reviewer I follow seems to have rated it 4 to 5 stars and I am all alone with my 2 stars. lol.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s