Even though this year the majority of books that I’ve read have been those that are rather well-known, I love reading books without knowing people’s opinions on them. Of course that always leads to a very wide variety of ratings but I have found that I’ve rather enjoyed some low rated books.
After seeing BooksandLala’s video where she read the lowest rated books on her physical TBR I was considering making a video like that as well, but then I also saw Anushka’s blog post and decided to follow her idea of making a list of 5 highest rated books on my TBR and 5 lowest. I think maybe in November when my physical TBR clears up I’ll give the lowest ones a go!!
HIGHEST RATED BOOKS
(not including any books that haven’t been released yet)
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Mass
Rating: 4.69 (189,741 ratings)
Okay I was fully expecting this book to be on the list because I feel like people who don’t even like this series as a whole absolutely adore this book. I think I’m going to pick up this series at the start of 2019 because I’m exhausting my Sarah J. Maas reading by bingeing Throne of Glass right now. But I will get to it… eventually…
The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Rating: 4.65 (203,625 ratings)
I only recently started reading Brandon Sanderson books so this one is definitely a series I need to get to soon, except I think it’s literally 10 books that are each 1000 pages long and that level of dedication is terrifying. But I feel like this is probably the most well loved series of his? From what I’ve heard everyone loves all his books but this one seems to appear on people’s favourite books lists more often. I’m just hoping that I won’t have to wait till retirement to be able to commit to this.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Rating: 4.56 (173,087 ratings)
Okay okay I know I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet either. It’s just when it comes to books about more serious subject matter it takes me a lot of time to prepare myself for that sort of reading experience. But I promise I’ll read it before the movie comes out because that’s definitely something that I want to go see and support.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Rating: 4.55 (431,285 ratings)
I’ve heard a couple of people talk about this book saying that they loved it but I didn’t expect such an insanely high rating? Also so many people have read it which I also didn’t realize? I’m really excited to get to this book because I love WWII historical fictions and sobbing but I know that this book is absolutely going to drain me and put me into a slump. It also feels like kind of a winter read for me so I can fully wallow in the sadness that this book will cause so hopefuly I’ll get to it this year.
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Rating: 4.55 (535,565 ratings)
Everyone and their mother has read and adored this book. I wasn’t even super keen on reading it to begin with, just because there are other fantasy books that are a higher priority for me but this is so many of my favourite booktubers’s favourite book that I for sure have to pick it up just for the sheer quality of it. It’s also quite long as these sort of fantasies are but I took it out from the library recently and I mean it’s an epic fantasy with a magical academy, I’m so ready for this.
I’m so happy with these highest rated books on my TBR!! I kind of made this post to further convince myself to read whatever books are so well loved and all of these are books I’ve been dying to get to so it will definitely happen within the next couple of months (fingers crossed that I don’t slump)
LOWEST RATED BOOKS
The thing with these is that they also don’t have a lot of ratings which I guess is not as bad as being horribly rated by many readers? But also maybe they’re so bad which is why no one picks them up.
The Magic Circle by Jenny Davidson
Rating: 2.51 (154 ratings)
I CAN’T believe that there’s a book with an average rating of 2.51 and I still want to read it? It’s a thriller about students in Columbia and you know thinking about it now I’ve actually read a pretty trashy book with a similar premise but I live for this sort of thing so I guess there’s no stopping me until I literally try every single one of them out.
Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman
Rating: 2.74 (1,414 ratings)
wow can you believe!! a murder mystery!! set in Harvard!! why am I like this
Palo Alto by James Franco
Rating: 3.04 (9,478 ratings)
I wanted to read this because I was interested in seeing how James Franco writes but also I watched the movie and it was just so good at fulfilling my need for a super indie teen film. So I was going to read it regardless of the rating but now I’m more hesitant because I’ve been hearing really bad things about the writing but it’s probably going to be a while before I actually get to this book.
Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik
Rating: 3.1 (2,379 ratings)
I’m literally crying this is a murder mystery at a New England prep school but just a bit more glamorous than the first two books on this list, and it’s about girls. And I know they put this in the summary to make it more appealing but they put The Secret History, Sharp Objects, Dare Me, and Special Topics in Calamity Physics into the description on goodreads and I’m kind of up for all of that.
The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse
Rating: 3.14 (1,827 ratings)
Okay for this one I don’t really understand what it’s about? A bunch of old friends gather at this house and something creepy happens? I’m just going for the gothic vibes here.
I’m definitely starting to sense my problem with books about pretentious academics I don’t know why I’m so into them no matter the ratings that they get. I’m probably going to read at least three of these aka the mystery/thrillers set at fancy universities, I’m not feeling a particular desire to read the other two right now.
It was so much fun to do this!! It kind of makes me more hyped to read the lower rated books too just to see if my thoughts match up to everyone else’s. I mean given how low some of those ratings are it probably will but I’m so excited to see.
What are some of the highest and lowest rated books on your TBR, and does that affect whether or not you’re planning on reading those books? I’d love to know!!