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Goodreads Was Wrong Book Tag




It's that time of the week - the time for another 🙌Tag Time🙌. This week we have the 'goodreads was wrong' book tag. I use Goodreads frequently to keep tracks of all the books I've read or want to read, as most avid readers do. While it can be a reliable source when it comes to reviews and rating, sometimes Goodreads can be wrong, or at least mislead you.


There have been times when I would read a book that is really well-received (or vice versa), only for my experience to not be what I expected. That is exactly what this tag is all about, going through your ratings and picking out books that you either liked more or less than the average rating.


I found this book tag on Anne with a Book but it was originally created by GabsAboutBooks, so all credit goes to her.


Here we go!


 

HIGHEST RATED BOOK YOU GAVE A LOW RATING?


I wouldn't necessarily say that this is a low rating, but the highest rated book I gave a rating below the average was Demon Slayer Vol.5. It had an average rating of 4.57, and I gave it a 3.5 rating. It wasn't bad, but compared to the rest of the series, it was just an okay volume for me.



LOWEST RATED BOOK YOU GAVE A HIGH RATING?



The lowest rated book I read that I gave a higher rating would be The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told by his brother). This has an average rating of 3.25 while I gave it a 4 star rating. Maybe it is because it is a new release that it doesn't have the highest rating ever, but I did enjoy reading this. It is perfect for fans of the Narnia or Wayward Children series who are looking for something a little less fantastical.



MOST POPULAR BOOK YOU DISAGREE WITH THE AVERAGE RATING?



With a total of 6, 740, 626 ratings and a 4.32 average, The Hunger Games is the winner here. I gave this a 3 star rating but, granted, I read this so long ago that I can't tell you why I gave it the rating I did... It could just be because dystopian books are not something I gravitate towards.



LEAST POPULAR BOOK YOU DISAGREE WITH THE AVG RATING?



With a whopping 10 ratings and an average of a 3.3, Giant Days Issue #2 was something I liked even less than average. I read a couple issues of this graphic novel, and I just found it to be incredibly boring.



2 BOOKS THAT HAVE AN AVG OF 3/4 THAT YOU RATED HIGHER?



Here we have both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. The first book in the series had an average rating of 3.91 while the second book had an average of 3.87. I, on the other hand, gave both of these books 5 stars, which is a rare thing for me. I know that this series wasn't for everyone, but it was just right up my alley with it's blend of fiction/nonfiction.



2 BOOKS THAT HAVE AN AVG OF 3/5 THAT YOU RATED LOWER?



For this, I chose A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman and The Return by Rachel Harrison. Both books had an average rating of 3.26, and both books I gave 2 stars. Neither of them worked for me as I either found them just plain weird and boring or were more of a 'been there done that' kind of book.



2 BOOKS THAT HAVE AN AVG OF 4/5 THAT YOU RATED LOWER?



Barely making the mark, First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones has an average rating of 4.01, and I gave this a 1.5 star. This book was just extremely problematic and it kind of blows my mind that so many people glossed over the issues (no mean to bash you if you liked this...).



The next book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This has a 4.32 average rating, and I gave this a 1 or 1.5 star. Books set around the World Wars are simply just not for me. Combined with a lot that just didn't captivate and keep my attention, I was already losing before I even started the book.


2 BOOKS THAT HAVE AN AVERAGE OF 2/5 YOU RATED HIGHER?



Every single thing I have read all have an average over a 3, except for one short story that I rated slightly higher. An Explorer's Cartography of Already Settled Lands by Fran Wilde has an average rating of 2.88, and I gave it 3 stars. I didn't think this short story was bad per se, but it was just a meh story which can happen with short stories. There is only so much room to give you a lot of substance.


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?


For the most part, I think I do tend to agree with the average rating on Goodreads because most books have an average in the 3s, and most books I do end up rating around 3 stars. I wouldn't say that I use Goodreads as a guide for the books I want to read because I would probably read it anyway regardless of the rating. Whether I ultimately end up agreeing with the rating is all part of the experience.

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