Here’s yet another tag that I’ve not been tagged in, but wanted to do anyway. This is the GoodReads Was Wrong book tag, and I found it on Lisa’s blog, WayTooFantasy. Let’s go!
What is the highest rated book that you gave a low rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on Average Ratings and find the highest rated book you gave a low rating).
Doing this made me realise that my old rating of 4 stars for the Harry Potter books still stood on GoodReads, as it was some of those that appeared at the top. I just dropped my rating of them all down to 2 stars, so my answer for this one is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
What is the lowest rated book that you gave a high rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on Avg Ratings, in reverse order, and find the lowest rated book you gave a high rating).
The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw. The average rating is 3.17, and I gave it a 4. Not a massive difference, but I’ve not read many books that are rated super low on GoodReads!
What is the most popular book you disagree with the avg rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on number of Ratings, and find the first book you disagree with the avg rating)
For the same reason as the first question, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I enjoyed these books when I was younger, but JKR’s transphobia has completely turned me off them, as has realising all the stereotypes in the books. The lazy stereotyping throughout is harmful to young readers in my opinion, and JKR should have been much more thoughtful about that.
What is the least popular book you disagree with the avg rating? (Sort your books in Goodreads based on number of Ratings, in reverse order, and find the first book you disagree with the avg rating).
Most of my ratings seem to be fairly close to the average with this (which makes total sense — fewer ratings means my rating would carry more weight in the average, and I tend to rate 3 or 4 stars which are very common ratings), but I found that Dante and the Lobster by Samuel Beckett is rated an average of 3.32, and I rated it 4.
Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a higher rating.
The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw (average 3.17, I rated 4).
Dante and the Lobster by Samuel Beckett (average 3.32, I rated 4).
Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a lower rating.
Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kressler (average 3.5, I rated 2).
[I have previously received PR products from Picador] Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (average 3.06, I rated 2).
Choose two books that have an average rating of 4/5 stars but you gave a lower rating.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (average 3.8, I rated 2).
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb (average 3.83, I rated 2).
Choose two books that have an average rating of 2/5 stars but you gave a higher rating.
There aren’t any on my GoodReads that are so low rated! The absolute lowest rated book on my GoodReads is at 2.83, which still rounds to 3.
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?
I mostly agree it seems. Usually the GoodReads rating is less than 1 away from my actual rating. It’s hard to know for sure though as GR doesn’t allow half stars and I can’t remember which books I’d have wanted to award an extra half star for or take a half star away from.
I don’t use GoodReads as a guide for books I want to read, I tend to get recommendations from people I know who like similar books to me.
As usual, I’m tagging anyone who fancies giving this a go!
2 thoughts on “GoodReads Was Wrong Tag”
Love this idea! I think I might participate in the tag because there are so many books I’ve read that I can think of for these questions.
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