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Divergent Reading - Page 3

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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Our Town (Thornton Wilder)
Our Town (Thornton Wilder)
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Brazil Maru (Karen Tei Yamashita)
Brazil Maru (Karen Tei Yamashita)
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Evelina (Frances Burney)
Evelina (Frances Burney)
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
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Lisey's Story (Stephen King)
Lisey's Story (Stephen King)
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Masks (Fumiko Enchi)
Masks (Fumiko Enchi)
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Blood on the Forge (William Attaway)
Blood on the Forge (William Attaway)
88
The Sing-Song Girls of Shanghai (Han Bangqing)
The Sing-Song Girls of Shanghai (Han Bangqing)
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89
The Good Terrorist (Doris Lessing)
The Good Terrorist (Doris Lessing)
90
A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
91
Fantasia: An Algerian Calvacade by Assia Djebar
Fantasia: An Algerian Calvacade by Assia Djebar
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The Epic of Gilgamesh (Unknown)
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Unknown)
93
The Death of the Heart (Elizabeth Bowen)
The Death of the Heart (Elizabeth Bowen)
94
Painted Shadow (Carole Seymour-Jones)
Painted Shadow (Carole Seymour-Jones)
95
Grotesque (Natsuo Kirino)
Grotesque (Natsuo Kirino)
96
Naomi (Jun'ichirō Tanizaki)
Naomi (Jun'ichirō Tanizaki)
97
The Pure and Impure (T Collette)
The Pure and Impure (T Collette)
98
Nampally Road (Meena Alexander)
Nampally Road (Meena Alexander)
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Climbing the Mango Trees:  a Memoir of a Childhood in India (Madhur Jaffrey)
Climbing the Mango Trees: a Memoir of a Childhood in India (Madhur Jaffrey)
100
Arthur & George (Julian Barnes)
Arthur & George (Julian Barnes)
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101
El Dorado (Baroness Emma Orczy)
El Dorado (Baroness Emma Orczy)
102
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
103
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
104
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
105
Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)
Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)
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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Atul Gawande)
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Atul Gawande)
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The Captive Mind (Czeslaw Milosz)
The Captive Mind (Czeslaw Milosz)
108
Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)
Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)
109
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Rebecca West)
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Rebecca West)
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Dragonsong (Anne McCaffrey)
Dragonsong (Anne McCaffrey)
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Hopscotch (Julio Cortázar)
Hopscotch (Julio Cortázar)
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Complete Poems (Edith Södergran)
Complete Poems (Edith Södergran)
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113
Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler)
Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler)
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Misery (Stephen King)
Misery (Stephen King)
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The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You (Dorothy Bryant)
The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You (Dorothy Bryant)
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Queen Margot (Alexandre Dumas)
Queen Margot (Alexandre Dumas)
117
La Bâtarde (Violette Leduc)
La Bâtarde (Violette Leduc)
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The Devotion of Suspect X (Keigo Higashino)
The Devotion of Suspect X (Keigo Higashino)
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The Talisman (Stephen King, Peter Straub)
The Talisman (Stephen King, Peter Straub)
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The Lathe of Heaven (Ursula K. Le Guin)
The Lathe of Heaven (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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