How My Favorite Reads Rate on Goodreads

Hello, hello my fellow book lovers! As I was falling asleep the other night, I had this random thought – ‘I wonder what my favorite books are rated on Goodreads?’

And so this post was born!

After writing and posting about how I find it hard to rate a book 5 stars, there was a lot of thoughts on how a reader rates a book is completely personal. Some find it easy to rate numerically, while others, like me, find it easier to simply write out my thoughts.

So I thought it would be fun to see where some of favorites land on the numerical/ star rating system that Goodreads utilizes.

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: 4.16/5 with 170,943 ratings. 45% rated 5 stars, 33% rated 4 stars, and 15% rated 3 stars.

So I’m not in the minority to loving this book (and probably the series). Since book blogging and doing a book Instagram, I’ve connected with more people who love this series just as much as I do, so ultimately I’m not surprised that the majority of people love this one.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: 4.06/5 with 229,839 ratings. 40% rated 5 stars, 33% rated 4 stars, and 19% rated 3 stars.

Another book where most other readers have the same love for this book. Surprisingly, for me at least, is that based off of ratings, Just Listen is not Sarah Dessen’s most popular book (but only by like .06). This one is still my favorite and I will always love Owen!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: 4.04/5 with 667,379 ratings. 40% rated 5 stars, 32% rated 4 stars, and 17% rated 3 stars.

I honestly thought this one would be higher rated on Goodreads, but most likely that is my own bias talking.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: 4.10/5 with 248,627 ratings. 38% rated 5 stars, 39% rated 4 stars, and 16% rated 3 stars.

I think I’m surprised at how evenly the 4 and 5 star ratings are. I mean, yes, both ratings mean the reader really enjoyed the book. I guess when I saw a 4.10 out of 5, I thought that I would see a higher percentage for 5 stars. I don’t know. I guess for this one, I’m a little more in the minority.

The Rook (The Checquy Files #1) by Daniel O’Malley

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: 4.12/5 with 47,244 ratings. 39% rated 5 stars and 4 stars while only 14% rated 3 stars.

I loved this book. It was so much fun! And most others agree it would seem. Though I do recognize that there is a higher rating, but less raters compared to the previous books.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: 4.27/5 with 450,710 ratings. 51% rated 5 stars, 31% rated 4 stars, and 12% rating 3 stars.

Not surprised by the bigger split between 5 and 4 stars. I loved this book and I can’t believe it was one of those stumble upon in the bookstore situations. I know some don’t end up loving it, but I still recommend it to many.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: 3.93/5 with 567,555 ratings. 30% rated a 5, 41% rated a 4, and 22% rated 3 stars.

I’m not as surprised that this one had more mixed reviews. Most people enjoyed her Gone Girl more over this one or her other novel. However, I loved her atmospheric writing and the mystery plot a lot more in this one. I know that a lot of didn’t like Libby or the ending. This book, though, was what had me trying to find more mystery/thrillers that I might enjoy.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads: 3.7/5 with 216,333 ratings. 22% rated 5 stars, 37% rated with a 4, and 29% rated this 3 stars.

Hmm, tough crowd. This book is what started my love affair with Ruth Ware. So far, I’ve read all of her books except one (I tend to be a book behind with her books). This is another where, for me, I was all about the atmospheric writing and setting and the plot. There was just something about it that I loved! I guess I’m in the minority.

Overall, it would seem that I read similarly to popular opinion about many books, if mostly putting the 5 and 4 stars together. Shadow of the Wind seems to be the only one where the average rating is close to my own rating.

This was a lot of fun and I’m totally going to compare my least favorite reads next!

How do your favorite reads stack up to the ratings on Goodreads?

15 thoughts on “How My Favorite Reads Rate on Goodreads

  1. What an interesting experiment! The star-rating approach is hardly systematic, more likely purely a popularity response based on like or dislike.
    You know, McDonald’s versus Shakespeare.
    Still, an author can hope.

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    • I’ve seen a few others do it in the past. It definitely goes to show just how different a lot of people react and feel about a book that may be popular or not so popular.
      Yes, Night Circus writing was awesome!


  2. The Night Circus is one of my all time favorites! I recommend The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale if you like the similar magic-like, “fairytale” writing. The Shadow of the Wind is also a book I stumbled on randomly but have yet to read. Great post!

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  3. oh yeah I’m genuinely surprised night circus isn’t higher. I absolutely love shadow of the wind as well. And have been meaning to read the rook too. And I really like ruth ware- haven’t read that one yet, but I have high hopes since I usually at least enjoy her books even if I don’t love all of them. Also, I’m not surprised by dark places being less popular, though I liked that one too. Great post to do! 😀

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