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Divergent Reading - Page 5

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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Desperation (Stephen King)
Desperation (Stephen King)
162
My Life and My Life in the Nineties (Lyn Hejinian)
My Life and My Life in the Nineties (Lyn Hejinian)
163
Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
164
Year Before Last (Kay Boyle)
Year Before Last (Kay Boyle)
165
Sacred Hearts (Sarah Dunnant)
Sacred Hearts (Sarah Dunnant)
166
Pandora
Pandora
167
Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell)
Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell)
168
Servant of the Bones (Anne Rice)
Servant of the Bones (Anne Rice)
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169
Slammerkin (Emma Donoghue)
Slammerkin (Emma Donoghue)
170
The Book of Evidence (John Banville)
The Book of Evidence (John Banville)
171
Salt Fish Girl (Larissa Lai)
Salt Fish Girl (Larissa Lai)
172
The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
173
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (E. L. Koningsburg)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (E. L. Koningsburg)
174
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
175
Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
176
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
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177
Tell the Wolves I'm Home (Carol Rifka Brunt)
Tell the Wolves I'm Home (Carol Rifka Brunt)
178
How to Breathe Underwater (Julie Orringer)
How to Breathe Underwater (Julie Orringer)
179
Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay)
Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay)
180
Juliet (Anne Fortier)
Juliet (Anne Fortier)
181
Dark Places (Gillian Flynn)
Dark Places (Gillian Flynn)
182
Humboldt's Gift (Saul Bellow)
Humboldt's Gift (Saul Bellow)
183
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
184
Who Moved My Cheese? (Spencer Johnson)
Who Moved My Cheese? (Spencer Johnson)
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185
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
186
April Witch (Majgull Axelsson)
April Witch (Majgull Axelsson)
187
Fear and Trembling
Fear and Trembling
188
What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] (Zoe Heller)
What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] (Zoe Heller)
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