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Divergent Reading

If you've spent a significant amount of time on Goodreads, you may have noticed that a 3.7 out of 5 star average rating is often what makes or breaks a work's reputation. After years of more and more frequently ignoring the averages when it comes to my own rating decisions, I've amassed a sizable collection of works that I think are either far better or far worse than what a typical reader will give them out to be. The distinctions are drawn up as follows:
1-3: Absolute favorites with a less than 3.7
4-15: Great ones with a less than 3.7
16-100: Really good ones with a less than 3.7
101-171: Meh ones with more than a 3.7
172-End: Hated ones with more than a 3.7
Note that some of these works are right on the 3.7 border, and may or not fall into a certain category at any given moment of time.
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avg. score: 12 of 188 (7%)
required scores: 1, 5, 9, 13, 19 

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There but for the (Ali Smith)
There but for the (Ali Smith)
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Burger's Daughter (Nadine Gordimer)
Burger's Daughter (Nadine Gordimer)
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Quicksand (Nella Larsen)
Quicksand (Nella Larsen)
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Disobedience (Naomi Alderman)
Disobedience (Naomi Alderman)
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The Dante Club (Matthew Pearl)
The Dante Club (Matthew Pearl)
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Doctor Zay (Elizabeth Stuart Phelps)
Doctor Zay (Elizabeth Stuart Phelps)
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Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
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Wicked (Gregory Maguire)
Wicked (Gregory Maguire)
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9
Tomboy (Nina Bouraoui)
Tomboy (Nina Bouraoui)
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Marcella (Mary Augusta Ward)
Marcella (Mary Augusta Ward)
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Saturday (Ian Mcewan)
Saturday (Ian Mcewan)
12
Obasan (Joy Kogawa)
Obasan (Joy Kogawa)
13
Butterfly Burning (Yvonne Vera)
Butterfly Burning (Yvonne Vera)
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Gösta Berling's Saga (Selma Lagerlöf)
Gösta Berling's Saga (Selma Lagerlöf)
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Empress (Shan Sa)
Empress (Shan Sa)
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Lost
Lost
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The Poe Shadow (Matthew Pearl)
The Poe Shadow (Matthew Pearl)
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The Convert (Elizabeth Robins)
The Convert (Elizabeth Robins)
19
Women of Sand and Myrrh (Hanan Al-Shaykh)
Women of Sand and Myrrh (Hanan Al-Shaykh)
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Three Strong Women (Marie Ndiaye)
Three Strong Women (Marie Ndiaye)
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21
Company Parade (Storm Jameson)
Company Parade (Storm Jameson)
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A Separate Country (Robert Hicks)
A Separate Country (Robert Hicks)
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Mirror Mirror (Gregory Maguire)
Mirror Mirror (Gregory Maguire)
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The Coquette (Hannah Webster Foster)
The Coquette (Hannah Webster Foster)
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The Appointment (Herta Muller)
The Appointment (Herta Muller)
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Asunder (Chloe Aridjis)
Asunder (Chloe Aridjis)
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Trespassing (Uzma Aslam Khan)
Trespassing (Uzma Aslam Khan)
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I Am an Executioner: Love Stories (Rajesh Parameswaran)
I Am an Executioner: Love Stories (Rajesh Parameswaran)
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The Inheritance of Loss (Kiran Desai)
The Inheritance of Loss (Kiran Desai)
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Wonderful Adventures of Mrs.Seacole in Many Lands (Mary Seacole)
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs.Seacole in Many Lands (Mary Seacole)
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Banewreaker
Banewreaker
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Beowulf (Anonymous)
Beowulf (Anonymous)
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33
Sag Harbour (Colson Whitehead)
Sag Harbour (Colson Whitehead)
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A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (Eimear McBride)
A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (Eimear McBride)
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Forgotten Country (Catherine Chung)
Forgotten Country (Catherine Chung)
36
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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Dusk (Tim Lebbon)
Dusk (Tim Lebbon)
38
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy)
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy)
39
Mad Kestrel (Misty Massey)
Mad Kestrel (Misty Massey)
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Indiana (George Sand)
Indiana (George Sand)
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