Happy Friday, pals! I hope your week has been lovely. Today I’m talking about some books that I rated somewhat lower but would still recommend. A lot of these were cases of “it wasn’t for me” rather than the book actually being bad.
Women Talking by Miriam Toews, rated 3 stars: this book was one of those cases of “super interesting/important topic told in a way that didn’t work for me”. I thought it was really well written and loved everything about it except the fact that it was told through meeting minutes. It just detached from the story a bit too much and made it weird at some points.
Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand, rated 3.5 stars: I think this was a case of “good but didn’t blow me away but might blow you away”. I honestly can’t really pin down why I didn’t love this book, I just know that I didn’t. But, I can 100% see how someone could love this. There’s great representation, the plot is super interesting, the magical elements are really cool. If those all sound like something you’d like, I’d definitely recommend this one.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, rated 3(ish) stars: so here’s the thing
(we started out friends, it was cool but it was all pretend). This book has two POV: Nao, a girl in Japan, and Ruth, who lives in BC and is reading Nao’s diary. I gave all of Nao’s chapters 5 stars, and most of Ruth’s chapters 3ish stars. And I loved so much of this book. But there were some magical realism elements that I was really not a fan of. So I left this book unrated for a while and then finally gave in and gave it three stars. But you should 100% read it just for Nao.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, rated 3 stars: in all honesty, I think this book deserves 4 stars. However, I still cannot get over how poorly every woman in this book was portrayed, so I’m not changing my rating. But, there was so much good in this book that I honestly think everyone should read it.
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris, rated 3 stars: I think I rated this lower because I was too young when I read it. I was in high school and hadn’t really read much other than YA romance/dystopians, so this was out there for me. But I think it’s super interesting, and if I were to reread it now (hint for tomorrow’s post), I would really enjoy it.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, rated 3 stars: this was a case of “I had really high hopes going in that were unfortunately not met”. I had just heard so many good things about this book that I was slightly let down by it. But I can definitely see why people love it, and would still recommend it.
So those are some books I rated somewhat lower but would still recommend! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What books have you rated lower but would still recommend? Let me know!