Hey Guys! It is Max here and latterly, I went onto Youtube to watch some Booktube videos and I exhumed a video called Reading The Worst Books On Goodreads By sarawithoutanH and it provoked (and invigorated) me to reflect on the rating of the books on my shelves and to read books that are egregiously rated. To say that I am a masochist is an understatement because I am going to turn this into a series of articles where I first proclaim on the novels that I will be reading, then the reviews for each of the novels will be attained and finally, a wrap-up for all of these books to see the rate of my enjoyment.
This series will be long-drawn because there are a sum of 36 novels on my shelves that are badly rated and I, the pretentious human being, aspire to assay these books to perceive if I will savour any of them and also, to discern on why these novels had suffered bad ratings from people on Goodreads.
As for today, I will be picking on 5 novels that I will be handling over the course of a month or two and there will be another article like this where I pick another 5 or more books for a month or two and similar articles will come perpetually until the end of this list. In addition, these articles will be pigeonholed under a new category christened Masochist but they can be found in the Bookish Fun and Book Review Pages.
So, without further ado, let us get into the list!
1. Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Page count: 720 pages
Rating on Goodreads: 3.49/5
On board the whaling ship Pequod, a crew of wise men and fools, renegades, and seeming phantoms is hurled through treacherous seas by a crazed captain hell-bent on hunting down Moby Dick, the mythic White Whale who left him crippled.
I have never prodded a classic before besides To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee and I really enjoyed that novel. The average rating for this novel, however, did indeed waver me away from reading it for the two years that it has been sitting on my shelf and to make things adverser, this is a huge book with over 500+ pages. Well, I am finally granting it a chance and I hope it is ample but my expectation for it will be low since so many people hated this novel.
Wish me luck!
2. The Second Life Of Bree Tanner By Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 178
Rating on Goodreads: 3.5/5
Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood…life before she became a vampire.
All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.
Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know like her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?
I should have anticipated witnessing this novel on this roster because almost all of the Twilight novels have inadequate grades. However, I did not see this coming. Maybe because I thought everything would get better from New Moon By Stephenie Meyer (I vehemently eschewed this novel) and onwards but the rest of the series did not match up to the first book so, I should not be astounded to see this novella here.
I hope I relish on this. I really do. Well, in order to be more optimistic: even if I do not, at least it will be a quick read as this short novella only contains 178 pages and I do not have to suffer for such a long time.
3. Chasing Harry Winston By Lauren Weisberger
Genre: Chick Lit
Page Count: 288
Rating on Goodreads: 3.33/5
Emmy is newly single, and not by choice. She was this close to the ring and the baby she’s wanted her whole life when her boyfriend left her for his twenty-three-year-old personal trainer – whose fees are paid by Emmy. With her plans for the perfect white wedding in the trash, Emmy is now ordering takeout for one. Her friends insist an around-the-world sex-fueled adventure will solve all her problems – could they be right?
Leigh, a young star in the publishing business, is within striking distance of landing her dream job as senior editor and marrying her dream guy. And to top it all off, she has just purchased her dream apartment. Only when Leigh begins to edit the enfant terrible of the literary world, the brilliant and brooding Jesse Chapman, does she start to notice some cracks in her perfect life…
Adriana is the drop-dead-gorgeous daughter of a famous supermodel. She possesses the kind of feminine wiles made only in Brazil, and she never hesitates to use them. But she’s about to turn thirty and – as her mother keeps reminding her – she won’t have her pick of the men forever. Everyone knows beauty is ephemeral and there’s always someone younger and prettier right around the corner. Suddenly she’s wondering…does Mother know best?
These three very different girls have been best friends for a decade in the greatest city on earth. As they near thirty, they’re looking toward their future…but despite all they’ve earned – first-class travel, career promotions, invites to all the right parties, and luxuries small and large – they’re not quite sure they like what they see…
This novel was given to me by my father’s boss. So, I did not technically buy this novel but it is on my mantelpiece and I have resolved to endeavour on reading this book. However, I have an inkling that I might resent this novel due to the abridgement; to be specific, this line: around-the-world sex-fueled adventure. On top of that, it is a Chick Lit Novel which is a genre that I have never attempted to read prior to this experiment… So, let us see if this novel will make or break the genre for me.
Once again, wish me luck!
4. Wedding Night By Sophie Kinsella
Page Count: 464
Rating on Goodreads: 3.41/5
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.
I am surprised to see a Sophie Kinsella novel on this list as she is a famous author who had written a plethora of books. You may know her from the Shopaholics series starting from- Confessions of a Shopaholic or her YA novel- Finding Audrey. I have not read any of her works but I had heard numerous praises for them and thus, I am intrigued to find out what the general consensus does not like about this novel. Well, I do hope that I will enjoy it and dissent from the people on Goodreads. Do wish me luck with this and every other work on this list.
5. Soundless By Richelle Mead
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Page Count: 267
Rating on Goodreads: 3.37/5
In a village without sound…
For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zip line that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zip line shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.
One girl hears a call to action…
Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.
She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…
And unlocks a power that will save her people.
This proffered me a shock. Richelle Mead is a famous author who had written the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodline series. Again, I have not read any of those books and I do actually have Vampire Academy on my shelf but have not proposed to pick the novel up yet. While people sing praises and commemorate the other series, this novel is left in silence and it is time to find out why that is so.
Again, wish me luck with all of these novels.
This is the end of my ‘Popular Low-quality Novels On My Shelves!’ I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what low-quality books you have on your shelves in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!