When I first started out in the book community, I was determined to like books that everyone else liked.
And yes, I’m ashamed to admit, but if I didn’t severely hate a book, and it was popular and well-loved, I’d give it 5 or 4 stars. I’d be generous because I would think that I had missed the point of the book.
Some of these books I really did like, but not as much as I made it out to be. Basically, I’m a huge liar. Currently, I’m super honest with my opinion and don’t sugarcoat anything. Earlier, however, I was caught up in fitting into the book community.
So yes, it was bad. And I hate myself for being so dishonest but I think an exposing myself kind of post would be fun for you all.
1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Gosh, guys. I LIED. I said that I thought this was a heart-breakingly good book BUT IT REALLY WASN’T. I think I gave this 4 stars even though when I read it, I KNEW I didn’t like it.
I felt SO detached from the story, I didn’t feel ANYTHING towards the characters, and I didn’t feel sad about anything. I think it was a good story but not for me. Maybe it’s just this author’s writing, but I didn’t connect or sympathize. I loved the premise and ideas in this book but in my opinion, I don’t think it was executed well at all.
Original rating: 4 stars
True rating: 2.5 stars
2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
*takes a deep breath* Please, PLEASE don’t hate me for this. I didn’t get this book, one bit. I was reading it, and I just wasn’t feeling anything. None of it hit me, none of it got to me. I finished the story and felt so completely clueless. Like…”Uhh? What??”.
I don’t what it was about it but the story wasn’t something AMAZING for me. Don’t get me wrong, I did love so much of it. I wasn’t lying when I said I liked it! I LOVED THE CHARACTERS AND WHEN CERTAIN EVENTS HAPPENED I WAS SO SAD. But the book as a whole really wasn’t something I loved.
Original rating: 5 stars
True rating: 3 stars
3. Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
I CONVINCED MYSELF FOR SO LONG I LIKED THIS. Everyone else seemed to have enjoyed this but I WAS SO FRICKING BORED!!! Literally, in the second half of the book, I was skimming. I actually enjoyed the first half, but by the time we are at the end, I felt like the book had just lost all meaning and none of it…clicked with me?!
Plus the lack of research done about “djinns” and “mythical” creatures was actually something that lowkey bugged me.
For so long, I thought that it was an okay book and it accomplished a lot. It was only up until a few months ago when I finally admitted to myself I did not like this book.
Original rating: 3.5 stars
True rating: 2 stars
5. Treasure Island by Robert Stevenson
I?? don’t understand why I gave this FIVE STARS!??! Like, Ilsa, you didn’t love this that much calm DOWN. In fact, I literally hated a lot of this book because it was SO incredibly slow. I just feel like because it’s a classic, I thought I had to rate it five stars but I DID NOT HAVE TO.
This was a good book but it was hard to understand and a very difficult read for me! I think I still really enjoyed it though. WHY IS THERE SUCH A PRESSURE TO LIKE “classics” though. I feel like if you don’t like them, people don’t think you’re smart? Which is stupid.
original rating: 5 stars
true rating: 3.5 stars!!
6. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
I classified this as one of my “favorites” of 2017 but uh that’s literally a lie. I LOVE THE HOBBIT but I found it really boring at points!! I think I would not give that high of a rating now, simply because I couldn’t give one crap about some of the scenes! Don’t get me wrong, BILBO IS AMAZING AND I LOVE HIM. but it’s so slow. gosh.
Again I think this is the case if you don’t love a well-loved and well-written book you’re not smart and I feel that pressure A LOT.
original rating: 5 stars
true rating: 4 stars.
7. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Oh OH. I can just hear the screams of people as they read this section of my post. I really LIKED Starfish!! And I still mean every word I said about it. I think it is amazing. But it’s definitely 4 stars. DEFINITELY. I just think it missed that little SOMETHING I always look forward to in books so…I still really like it! And you should all read it! It’s just not up there on the five-star rating I originally gave it. Please don’t hate me.
original rating: 5 stars
true rating: 4 stars
okay so I was going to do more books but these are all the really strong ones that stuck out to me; “DO THEY REALLY DESERVE THESE RATINGS?” anyways please be nice to me in the comments, I am a fragile penguin made who has a soul made of breakable glass.
I actually haven’t *changed* most these ratings on Goodreads even though I know they don’t deserve those stars. I probably should though, but one reason I’m not is…because I’m lazy? Perhaps I will. Someday.
So hi people who are currently hating me for this! Have you ever rated a book higher than you actually want to? Why? Was it because of the hype or peer pressure? Have you read any of these books? What do you think of them? SPILL ALL THE TEA IN THE COMMENTS