10 times Goodreads got the rating wrong

10 times Goodreads got the rating wrong

So I’m totally stealing this blog idea from Trang at Bookidote! I thought it was a really fun idea – I find myself in the minority for rating books a lot, so I thought it would be fun to see how my own ratings and the general public’s differ.

So today, I’m looking at the average ratings of books on Goodreads compared to my own ratings.

Books I liked more than everyone else

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

Goodreads rating: 3 
My rating: 4

I personally really enjoyed The Watcher. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the most exciting and unique thriller out there but it was a fun and speedy read!


The Long Drop by Denise Mina

Goodreads rating: 3.36
My rating: 4.5

I loved this standalone thriller from Scottish author Mina! I’ve never read one of her books before but requested this off Netgalley and a whim and I really loved it. It was slow paced and menacing… I guess I can understand why some people didn’t love it, but I definitely did!


The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

Goodreads rating: 3.37
My rating: 5

I honestly don’t get the low rating for this one because it’s just so good!! It’s absolutely dripping in malice and creepiness. I absolutely loved the main character and the weird relationship she has with her house. Even though the storyline isn’t the most unique, I think there were elements within it that were super unique!


The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Goodreads rating: 3.58
My rating: 5

Now I can understand why others didn’t enjoy this as much because the storyline of The Miniaturist is actually pretty weak, but I thought the lack of that storyline was made up by the characters journey’s! This was such an emotional read for me, it still makes me upset thinking about it now.


A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan

Goodreads rating: 3.5
My rating: 5

This book was one of my favourite reads in 2017 and I often find myself still thinking about it! I loved the plot point being that your estate agent still has the keys to your house and lets himself in whenever he wants, I thought that was really unique!

Books I liked less than everyone else

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

Goodreads rating: 4.41
My rating: 3

When this book came out, everyone was raving about how it was the best one in the series, but I thought it was the worst one out of the lot. The story just felt a little bland in comparison…



The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

Goodreads rating: 4
My rating: 3

I’ve seen a lot of fellow blogger friends loving this book, and I get it, because it was an interesting story, but there was nothing about it that stood out to me. I would definitely read another book by Morgan, but for me, this was a throwaway-thriller.



The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Goodreads rating: 3.91
My rating: 2

After the success of Behind Closed Doors, I was expecting Paris’ second book to be just as amazing, but it totally fell flat. The characters were a drag and the plot was uncomfortably predictable.


John Dies at the End by David Wong

Goodreads rating: 3.91
My rating: 2

I was so excited about reading this one when I first saw it, and to begin with, I liked the weirdness of it. After a while, the whole book seemed to unravel into madness and confusion. The whole book was a mess that ended up really repetitive and boring.


Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Goodreads rating: 3.79
My rating: 1.5

UGGGHHHH. This book was so crap I literally do not understand the good reviews for it. Overton’s writing style is so plain, the characters were flatter than cardboard and the actual plot line was terrible.

So there we have it! Those are a few of the books I where mine and the public’s opinion really differed… especially when it comes to Baby Doll! Just thinking about the success of that book makes me angry…

What books have you loved and everyone else hated? Or vice versa?

40 Replies to “10 times Goodreads got the rating wrong”

  1. The Beloveds looks pretty interesting. Love that cover!! ❤

    I quite enjoy Robert Bryndza's books. Haven't read the one you mentioned yet though…
    Have a copy of Baby Doll as well, but also haven't read it. Now i'm kinda tempted, just to see if i will find it crap or not 😀

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  2. Fun post idea! I haven’t thought much about this idea before, but one book comes to mind instantly: Renee Ahdieh’s Flame in the Mist. It has a rating of 3.94 on Goodreads, and I gave it 2 stars.

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  3. What a fun post! I borrowed The Long Drop from the library so I’ll be reading it soon, I’ve only ever seen good reviews for it so I’m surprised it’s got such a low rating on GRs. I always try to ignore the rating because they’re often inaccurate. Although I will look at the rating from people you know bit.

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