The Worst Books I’ve Read According to Goodreads

The Worst Books I've Read According to Goodreads

The Worst Books I’ve Read According to Goodreads

I recently shared a post, inspired by Jack In The Books on YouTube, about the best books I’ve read according to Goodreads. Today I thought I would share the worst books I’ve read according to Goodreads.

These are not my opinions, but that of the wider Goodreads audience, with regards to the average star rating of each book. But for the most part, my thoughts do align.

Latte or Cappuccino?: 125 Decisions That Will Change Your Life by Hilly Janes (2.48)

I mean, the fact I can’t remember any of the 125 decisions really makes me think this one has been mislabelled.

Eat My Heart Out by Zoe Pilger (2.71)

I do remember reading Eat My Heart Out and thinking WTF half the time. It is utterly bonkers and very hard to follow. The main character is the epitome of an unlikable character, and whilst those sorts of characters are acceptable when done well or driving the plot, this one did neither. As such, I had also rated this one 2 stars.

The Looking Glass House by Vanessa Tait (2.94)

I remember being really excited to read this book, and being greatly disappointed. Written by the great-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, this book supposedly tells you what happened after Lewis Carroll wrote his tales inspired by young Alice. I don’t remember too much, except for thinking that Vanessa Tait really didn’t like her great-grandmother.

Glubbslyme by Jacqueline Wilson (2.97)

I read this early Jaqueline Wilson tale quite recently for a Book Club with friends. It’s very 1980s and very early Jacqueline Wilson – I think it was her second or third book – and you can tell. The character of Glubbslyme – a 400-year-old frog/familiar from the Salem Witch Trials – is found by Rebecca, and starts to cause havoc. It’s sweet and funny in places, but very aged.

101 Ways to Live Well by Lonely Planet (3.02)

This was one of the many books I read when I was attempting a zero-waste lifestyle. It effectively lists ways we can all help to change our ways for better, healthier living. It was okay, neither here nor there. A simple evening read.

Living the Dream by Lauren Berry (3.09)

I’m rather sad that this is on the worst books lists and I really enjoyed Living the Dream when it came out a few years ago. It resonated with me as a new-to-London, twenty-something, but sadly it never seems to have found an audience. I would, and do, recommend it.

Peach by Emma Glass (3.13)

I can understand why Peach has a low rating on Goodreads as the style isn’t for everyone. It’s incredibly lyrical – which is odd when you read the subject matter – and the story isn’t really a story, instead, it’s more like snapshots. I enjoyed it though; it’s one of those books that makes you feel clever for reading it. Although you don’t understand what was going on.

The Joy of Doing Just Enough by Jennifer McCarthy (3.15)

This is basically a book on how to get away with not working. Except for its not great advice and the tone is very one-note. Not what I was expecting it to be, and sadly it looks like a lot of other readers thought the same.

Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan (3.16)

I’m surprised to see this book on here. I enjoyed Insatiable a few months ago, it’s very modern and very bold – there are a lot of sex scenes, and not just fade-to-great but art-party orgies. It’s a lot, and maybe that’s why some readers didn’t connect. I thought it worth a read.

Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby (3.17)

And finally, Neon in Daylight. I read this in the run-up before I went on a solo holiday to New York City. It was okay but didn’t seem to get going. The story focuses on a grown man, his daughter and her new friend, all of whom are connected separately. I don’t remember anything else really, so it’s easy to see why it’s got a lower rating.

Those are the ten worst books I’ve read according to Goodreads. I thought some of them were pretty decent, but obviously, other readers disagreed. Have you read any of them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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The Worst Books I've Read According to Goodreads

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