Book Talk

Bookish Discussion: The Lowest Rated Books On My Goodreads

Scrolling through the pages I follow I saw that Ally Writes Things had posted about the lowest rated books (on Goodreads) and what she rated them.

Y’all. THIS WAS A BRILLIANT IDEA.

So here I am, definitely doing this. Let’s go. This will be a handful of the lowest rated books based off of Goodreads and then what I ended up rating them. I hope to do one with the highest rated books from my GR as well, future post alert!

Things I’d Rather Do Than Die by Christine Hurley Deriso

Goodreads Rating: 3.25 || My Rating: 2.50

You can actually find my review for this here. Though please pardon the baby blog formatting as it was one of the first Netgalley reviews I ever did. I could not believe this book at all. It tried way too hard to create drama and purpose, but not. Just no.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (original story from Jane Austen)

Goodreads Rating: 3.29 || My Rating: 4.00

I can’t help it, I thought this book was fun. I even loved the movie (and that never happens!). It’s quirky, ridiculous, but that’s the whole point if you ask me.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Goodreads Rating: 3.39 || My Rating: 2.00

Granted, I read this in high school so it probably deserves a re-read to get a new rating, but I have NO DESIRE to do this.

The Dysasters (The Dysasters #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Goodreads Rating: 3.41 || My Rating: 2.00

If you want to see a rant filled review: click here! My first physical ARC was unfortunately…an absolute dud. Really, a dud. *sigh*

Beowulf by Unknown (Seamus Heaney — Translator)

Goodreads Rating: 3.43 || My Rating: 3.00

This was another read in high school. I remember thinking it was fine overall. Interesting enough.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Goodreads Rating: 3.45 || My Rating: 3.00

Tried my best to enjoy this because I thought the story was amazing, but unfortunately the way this was portrayed I couldn’t get into the story. I hardly remember it now because I scanned so much of it.

Evenfall (Shadowfire #1) by Gaja J. Kos & Boris Kos

Goodreads Rating: 3.51 || My Rating: 4.00

This was my version of a tale of two books. The first half almost had me DNF but then somehow the second half was astounding enough for me to think highly of it. I’m actually excited for the second book! (AND ALSO SHOUT-OUT TO THIS GORGEOUS COVER Y’ALL)

Have you read any of these? Did you love them more than their average rating? Lets talk in the comments!

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Book Review

Review: Things I’d Rather Do Than Die by Christine Hurley Deriso

Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

 

Rating: ☆☆.5
Audience: Teen, quite a bit of language, a few kisses, minor violence
Length: 300 pages
Author: Christine Hurley Deriso
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: September 18th, 2018
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

SAVE THE DRAMA…for someone else’s Mama.

My biggest issue with this book was that it tried too hard. Every page was filled with trying to add more to the story when it was already brimmed to bursting with this and that thing happening.

When I took the story between Ethan and Jade for just their story, I thought it was cute. Maybe a bit rushed, but I could see the goodness of them.

The Christian aspects also felt very forced. While it started off as the beginning of their ‘relationship’ by discussing all things religious, from there it drifted in and out of the book at random times. As if to keep including it, but I didn’t think it played that big of a part in the story.

The book is written in a young style, but the addition of a lot of language takes that away. They’re a few kisses here and there, and no love scenes. Some violence in the beginning.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Flux, for the digital ARC! Page counts, and date of publication are subject to change.