Favourite Low Rated Books

This idea came from a redditor on /r/books so I’m going to copy what they said instead of explaining it badly.

As much as we all love our ASOIAF or Infinite Jest or Dune or Harry Potter, I know we all also have less popular favorites that we’d love to promote and discuss.

In order to give some attention to books that don’t often get their time in the limelight, do the following:

  1. Go to your goodreads ‘read’ bookshelf.
  2. Sort the books by ‘Num ratings’ in ascending order.
  3. Go through the shelf and note those that you have given four or five stars.
  4. List out the first five or ten, and let us know why you like them.

Here are some of my favourite low rated books:

  • It’s All About Treo: Life And War With The World’s Bravest Dog by Dave Heyhoe. This is the true story of Treo, the world’s most highly decorated dog, and his handler Sgt. Dave Heyhoe, whilst doing the most dangerous job on earth – sniffing out bombs in Afghanistan. It is a story full of tragedy and triumph, pathos and laughter, as one man and his best friend dare all to ensure that no lives are lost.
  • The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science by Will Storr. Using a unique mix of highly personal memoir, investigative journalism and the latest research from neuroscience and experimental psychology, Storr reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about the world invisibly shape our beliefs, and how the neurological ‘hero maker’ inside us all can so easily lead to self-deception, toxic partisanship and science denial.
  • The Importance of Being Ernest by Ernest Cline. From the author of Ready Player One comes a celebration of all things nerd-core. This collection of poetry takes readers into a private landscape of science fiction, pop culture, and 80’s nostalgia.
  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. This is the story of seventeen-year-old Alex Woods – born to a clairvoyant mother and a phantom father, victim of an improbable childhood accident – who is stopped at Dover customs in possession of 113 grams of marijuana and the ashes of his best friend, Vietnam veteran Isaac Peterson.

I would love to hear what your favourite low rated books are. Leave a comment or make a post on your blog with your favourite unpopular books.

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12 Responses to “Favourite Low Rated Books”

  1. Madame Vauquer

    Three of my favorite low-rated books are by Lia Matera. They’re both series mysteries: The Good Fight (Laura diPalma), Where Lawyers Fear to Tread (Willa Jansson) and my favorite of this batch Havana Twist (another Willa Jansson mystery).

    Some other authors represented are Anthony Trollope, H. P. Lovecraft, Sheridan LeFanu and Barbara Hambly.

      • Madame Vauquer

        Lovecraft is an acquired taste for some. When I first read one of his stories, I was hooked right away because it was the scariest thing I’d ever read (but not gory at all). Many people don’t care to wade through his prose. He imagined himself as a 19th (or maybe 18th) century gentleman and uses old and very verbose language. But it suits me. Of his longer works, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is my favorite. At the Mountains of Madness is also one of the popular ones. Of the short ones – and most are shortish – I like Cool Air, The Rats in the Wall and Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family.

        You can find free etexts of all of them plus his poetry at http://www.hplovecraft.com/ and audio readings can be accessed from http://cthulhuwho1.com/2013/09/07/the-worlds-largest-h-p-lovecraft-audio-links-gateway/ This last is Will’s work collecting links for all the free audio readings he or anyone found on the net. If you are interested in Lovecraft the man (he was rather fascinating and extremely well-liked by everyone who knew him, you can join this little group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Historical_Lovecraft which has a daily post of something about one of his stories, an excerpt from a letter of his or that someone wrote about him. Conversation is very welcome there too, but there are only a few members so about the only posts other than the daily one is to announce something. We’d love to have you there.

        • bluchickenninja

          Wow thank you very much. I didn’t expect such a detailed answer. I will have a look at these links and definitely check out that Yahoo group. Thanks again!

  2. Magpiemakingdo

    My favorite books with low numbers of ratings are all History books. Hahaha, I’m not terribly surprised, either. The one with the lowest number of ratings is Hibakusha, which is a compilation of first hand accounts of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Not exactly joyful, pleasant reading. But I thought it was fascinating and informative – if hard emotionally.

  3. hannahgivens

    Fun idea! Mine are mostly picture books… I’m guessing people just don’t rate many picture books on Goodreads, so my results are skewed.

    • bluchickenninja

      You’re right. I have a bunch of art books which I don’t put on goodreads, simply because I haven’t taken the time to read them from cover to cover. But some are still my favourite books. You could just write about your favourite books even if they aren’t on your Goodreads.


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