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Divergent Reading - Page 2

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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required scores: 1, 5, 9, 13, 19 

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
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The Lake (Banana Yoshimoto)
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Life of Black Hawk (Black Hawk)
Life of Black Hawk (Black Hawk)
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Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth (Xiaolu Guo)
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Jacob's Room (Virginia Woolf)
Jacob's Room (Virginia Woolf)
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The Unconsoled (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Unconsoled (Kazuo Ishiguro)
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God of Clocks (Alan Campbell)
God of Clocks (Alan Campbell)
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Ingratitude (Ying Chen)
Ingratitude (Ying Chen)
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Acacia: The War With the Mein (David Anthony)
Acacia: The War With the Mein (David Anthony)
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Swing Time (Zadie Smith)
Swing Time (Zadie Smith)
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The Magicians and Mrs. Quent (Galen Beckett)
The Magicians and Mrs. Quent (Galen Beckett)
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The Vegetarian (Han Kang)
The Vegetarian (Han Kang)
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Mr Fox (Helen Oyeyemi)
Mr Fox (Helen Oyeyemi)
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Love and Longing in Bombay (Vikram Chandra)
Love and Longing in Bombay (Vikram Chandra)
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Pure
Pure
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Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
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Xala (Ousmane Sembene)
Xala (Ousmane Sembene)
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Bone Song (John Meaney)
Bone Song (John Meaney)
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Kin (The Good Neighbours Book 1) (Holly Black)
Kin (The Good Neighbours Book 1) (Holly Black)
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The Cat's Table (Michael Ondaatje)
The Cat's Table (Michael Ondaatje)
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Farewell to Manzanar (Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston)
Farewell to Manzanar (Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston)
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Scar Night (Alan Campbell)
Scar Night (Alan Campbell)
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Sarah Phillips (Andrea Lee)
Sarah Phillips (Andrea Lee)
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Sons and Lovers (D.H. Lawrence)
Sons and Lovers (D.H. Lawrence)
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The Buddha in the Attic (Julie Otsuka)
The Buddha in the Attic (Julie Otsuka)
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Between the Acts (Virginia Woolf)
Between the Acts (Virginia Woolf)
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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Helen Oyeyemi)
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Helen Oyeyemi)
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Baba Yaga Laid an Egg (Dubravka Ugresic)
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg (Dubravka Ugresic)
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The Heptameron (Marguerite De Navarre)
The Heptameron (Marguerite De Navarre)
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Angels and Insects (A. S. Byatt)
Angels and Insects (A. S. Byatt)
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Ìsarà: A Voyage Around "Essay" (Wole Soyinka)
Ìsarà: A Voyage Around "Essay" (Wole Soyinka)
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The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
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Nightwood (Djuna Barnes)
Nightwood (Djuna Barnes)
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A Companion to Wolves (Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear)
A Companion to Wolves (Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear)
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Censoring an Iranian Love Story (Shahriar Mandanipour)
Censoring an Iranian Love Story (Shahriar Mandanipour)
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Two Serious Ladies (Jane Bowles)
Two Serious Ladies (Jane Bowles)
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Women as Lovers (Elfriede Jelinek)
Women as Lovers (Elfriede Jelinek)
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