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T10T: My Most Controversial Ratings

June 5, 2018

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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

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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

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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?


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  • Reply ChrissiReads June 5, 2018 at 12:41 am

    I enjoyed Lighter Than My Shadow, but I know what you mean when you mention it’s incredibly long. It could have done with being a bit shorter.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 5, 2018 at 2:20 am

      Right! I honestly bet I would have given it 3-4 stars if it’d been a lot shorter. It just felt like it dragged so much for me! 🙁

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch June 5, 2018 at 1:01 am

    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

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 5, 2018 at 2:22 am

      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

      • Reply emmareadstoomuch June 5, 2018 at 10:15 am

        i am pretty sure i am physically unable to NOT love you so don’t worry. roast all my faves and keep all the books i hate on your tbr and i’ll remain a massive fan

  • Reply Loretta @ The Laughing Listener June 5, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Ahhhhhh another Reign of the Fallen lover!!! I loved that book so much! I can’t believe that it doesn’t get more praise. I mean, WHAT ELESE DO YOU EVEN NEED???

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches June 5, 2018 at 1:51 am

    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! 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 5, 2018 at 2:23 am

      I feel like most of the reviews I’ve heard about the RPO movie were one of two things: “I hated the book and loved the movie” or “I love the book and this movie is TRASH, BURN IT” lmao! Hopefully you’ll like it, though. And I really hope you like Reign of the Fallen!

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches June 5, 2018 at 2:25 am

        Well, if I end up seeing the movie, I at least have the advantage that it’s been almost a year since I read the book so I might not be that bothered if they switch things up? I hope. :’)

  • Reply Justine June 5, 2018 at 2:04 am

    I rated Ready Player One and Pride and Prejudice low, too!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 5, 2018 at 2:25 am

      I’m glad I wasn’t the only one! I swear, you’re like, one of three other people I’ve met in my life who doesn’t love P&P, lmao!

      • Reply Justine June 5, 2018 at 2:37 am

        haha…><!

  • Reply Viki June 5, 2018 at 5:16 am

    I love this spin on the topic,like what you did! There is a big possibility that I’m going to steal this idea in the future 😉 Because this happens with me a lot too,not agreeing with the popular ratings.
    Here is my TTT: https://fantasyraiders.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-shouldhave-dnf-ed/

  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess June 5, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Interesting take on the theme 🙂
    I’m with you for Pride and Prejudice, I’m probably a little less generous in my rating than you! Can’t stand Mr Darcy, can’t stand the writing really. Such a shame as I actually love the story?
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 1:54 am

      Thank you! OMG, it’s always so nice to hear someone agrees with me on P&P. Mr. Darcy is such a jerk! Why did so much of the book community collectively decide to swoon over him?

  • Reply Olivia June 5, 2018 at 6:23 am

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 1:55 am

      Thank you, Olivia! I’m glad I’m not the only one who wasn’t big on ATBP. I’m sad to have put Pride and Prejudice on the list, between you and me!

  • Reply RacheLeanne June 5, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I love how you added your own twist to this and looked at what books you rated low when the average was high etc. I have a habit of liking movies that people hate so I found your list really interesting!
    Here’s my TTT https://racheleanne.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/top-ten-tuesday-05-06-2018/

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 1:56 am

      Thank you! Oh, I do that with movies, too! I’m a big horror movie lover and my mom is, too – we always joke that any time she hates one, I’ll probably love it!

  • Reply (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea June 5, 2018 at 9:21 am

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 1:56 am

      Yaaaay, a fellow Grownup fan! I thought it was so fun and interesting. I’m also glad that you enjoyed Reign of the Fallen! The author is such a sweetheart and that book truly meant a lot to me.

      • Reply (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea June 9, 2018 at 11:13 pm

        Oh yes! She has started following me back lately and I was reading up on her and fell head over heels <3 The book really touched me with the openness of the society and the themes of addiction, love & loss.

  • Reply Poinsettia June 5, 2018 at 9:22 am

    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.

  • Reply Tammy June 5, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I loved The Atrocities as well! Although I can see why people don’t like it, it’s just plain WEIRD.😊

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 1:57 am

      Bahahaha, it really is! Jeremy has a bit of an odd writing style, for sure, but I love it about him. I can’t wait for his next Tor.com novella, Bedfellow!

  • Reply Barb (boxermommyreads) June 5, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I liked The Atrocities and thought it was pretty good so you are not alone. I also have Fallen Reign out from the library right now. Great list!

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress June 5, 2018 at 9:51 am

    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!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 1:58 am

      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. 🙁

  • Reply iloveheartlandx June 5, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Reign of The Fallen is rated low? But it sounds amazing!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/top-ten-tuesday-162/

  • Reply Ally Writes Things June 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    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

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 1:59 am

      Finch is awful! He felt downright stalker-ish to me! I don’t blame you for DNFing – I wish I had DNFed, too!

  • Reply Victoria June 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 1:59 am

      THANK YOU! The mental illness rep honestly made me so angry. I remember constantly having to put the book down to rant to my partner while I was reading it, lol!

  • Reply Keri June 5, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 2:00 am

      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!

  • Reply Joann Downie (@DownieJoann) June 5, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I think its great that you like-what you like-not what everyone else does, that is why we blog!! We don’t HAVE to like the same things!!
    http://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/06/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-shouldve.html

  • Reply Kay Wisteria June 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Haha Pride and Prejudice…when we read it in class last year most people didn’t like it lol I was in the minority

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 2:01 am

      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.

  • Reply thebackwardsbookshelf June 5, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I especially hated All the Bright Places for the way it demonized seeking medical attention for mental illnesses!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 2:02 am

      Ugh, RIGHT?! It’s the worst. Honestly. I feel like I can’t go a week without seeing someone worship that author for her mental illness rep in her books and every single time, I CRINGE.

      • Reply thebackwardsbookshelf June 9, 2018 at 3:26 am

        I literally yelled and threw the book at a wall. I have a friend with clinical depression and bipolar disorder and she would not be in the place of healing she is now without having seen a psychiatrist and taking her meds. Fuck everyone who thinks that meds are all bad for mentally ill people and fuck books that imply that taking meds is “stifling” or whatever.
        Finch is a textbook manic pixie dream guy too. Ugh.

  • Reply whitreadslit June 6, 2018 at 9:08 am

    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 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 2:02 am

      Thank you! 😀 Please, be my guest! ♥
      I’ve actually never read anything else by Austen, so I may do exactly that!

  • Reply liveforbroadway June 6, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    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!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 2:12 am

      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!

  • Reply aravenclawlibrary June 7, 2018 at 2:42 am

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2018 at 2:16 am

      Oh my goodness!!! I love you no matter what books you love or hate but I won’t lie… this broke my heart a little haha! No, I’m just kidding, I know TRC isn’t for everyone. I am sorry you didn’t love it though!

      • Reply aravenclawlibrary June 9, 2018 at 9:10 pm

        Aw, thanks Destiny! <3 I love you lots! 🙂 I like the writing style of it. Maggie S. can sure write. I think I might give her others works a try and see if I like them. I just couldn't love the characters like I wanted too.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 18, 2018 at 4:02 pm

          If you ever want to try Shiver or The Scorpio Races, let me know if you want to buddy read them! I’ve only read The Raven Cycle and All the Crooked Saints out of her bibliography so far.

          • aravenclawlibrary June 19, 2018 at 1:07 am

            I have the second book of the Shiver series. I think I’ll try and find the first one. But yes, I would love to do that sometime! 😀

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 19, 2018 at 1:15 am

            Awesome, just let me know! ♥

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  • Reply Sarah June 10, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Wow, I relate so much to both RPO and There’s Someone Inside Your House. It’s always interesting to see how your opinion ranks against general opinion!

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  • Reply Ilsen Leon August 2, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Definitely The Wrath and the Dawn. Everyone loved that book and I just did not like it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 2, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      Oh, noooo! That’s still on my TBR but I have no idea when I will get to it because I have just not been a big fan of Renee Ahdieh’s writing in general so far. :/

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