Well, that is a long title for a blog post.
Anyway, I have finally finished read all five of the books. It took more than a year for me to do it and I blame the year for this. 2020, you sucked and ruined all of my plans! Including my reading plans. In December I looked back and realized I had only read one of the books on this list. And rather than start all over again with these books, I decided to concentrate on on reading and finishing up this self styled challenge (inspired by Books and Lala on You tube) and finish it late. Click on this link to see my original post and plans. And here is a link to my Starred Rating System.
So, here is the list with the ratings and review information and my original comments in Bold followed by my rating and thoughts on average rating on GoodReads.:
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat. Average Rating: 4.53 Stars. 12,193 ratings. 1,084 reviews. I own a hard back copy of the book.
Okay, I really like this cookbook. It’s readable and lovely and full of good information that has improved my cooking. I give it 5 Stars. Samin Nosrat’s voice is so strong and fun to read. It really is like watching the Netflix series based on this cookbook. And the illustrations are just fantastic. So it totally makes sense to me that this book is highly rated on GoodReads. I’m looking forward to re-reading and trying the recipes in the coming months.
Harry Potter & Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts Edited by David Baggett and Shawn E. Klein. Average Rating: 4.48 stars. 11,454 ratings. 92 reviews. I own the paperback.
Like all collections of essays, it’s a mixed bag. Some essays are great and others are….not. For me this was like reading 200 level college level philosophy course textbook. So I gave it only 2 Stars. As of the date in January 2020, this book only has 94 actual reviews, but 11,454 ratings. So, I suspect that true blue Harry Potter fans gave it 5 stars without bothering to read it. So, I think it’s an inflated rating.
Hogwarts Library by J.K. Rowling. Average Ratings: 4.47. 6,330 ratings. 185 Reviews. The three titles included in this collection are Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through the Ages, & The Tales of Beedle the Bard. This is a hardback collection.
Another Harry Potter collection of stories. Except this time the books are by J.K. Rowling herself. And this are all books that are mentioned over and over again in the Harry Potter books. So It is not surprising that this collection is so highly rated. And I agree with the rating & give it 4 Stars. In spite of the rating for me, again, the books were a mixed bag. Fantastic Beasts & Beedle the Bard are great fun to read. But Quidditch Through the Ages was a boring and confusing. I really think Rowling had a difficult time figuring out quidditch and how it works in the books and it shows in Quidditch Through the Ages.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. Average Ratings 4.45 stars. 113,295 ratings. 13,568 reviews. I own a hardback. This is one of the books on my original list. Another hardback copy
I have put off reading this book because of the subject matter. It’s all about dealing with end of life issues with a person’s parents. And really, I think we all put that off until its almost too late I’m well into middle age and this topic is relevant to my life right now. So I agree with the rating for this book and give it 4 Stars. It’s full of helpful advice and good information about this topic. Is it a cheerful, happy read? No. But it is well written and accessible and full information we all need to know. It’s a book that i will keep and use as a reference in the future and will enthusiastically recommend.
Broken Angels by Gemma Livero. Average Ratings: 4.44 stars. 9,587 ratings. 729 reviews. I won a Kindle copy a year or two ago? I really need to read and review this one. And it is the other book that was on my original list in 2019.
I received this eBook as a GoodReads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
I DNF’d this Kindle book at 38%. And gave it 1 star. This book is Misery Lit. And I just can’t read it right now. So, yes. I disagree with the high rating of this one.
And that’s the highest rated books on my shelf in 2020. In the next week or two I should be finished reading the Five Lowest Rated books on my shelf according to GoodReads and will post about the experience of reading and comparing my rating to the average ratings.
What do you think? Have you read any of the books in my Highest Rated? If you’ve read them, do you agree with my rating? And do you have thoughts about the star ratings on GoodReads? So many people do! Let me know in the comments below.