Top 5 || My Favorite 3 Stars Books ☘️

☘️ Hi guys! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day surrounded by amazing readings ❤️

Before saying anything, I really want to thank from the bottom of my heart those sweet and wonderful people who have communicated with me to wish to my mother a good recovery, for those who don’t know she has had to undergo surgery to remove a fibroid in her womb, but 3 days later she’s already at home and although a little sore (which is normal) she’s doing really well, I’m SO proud of her. So, thank you SO SO much for your support and your beautiful messages, it means a lot to me, they arrived at a time when I needed them a lot. 🥰 

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So, why are we here today? Well, I’ve been thinking about those books that despite having several strong points and an original plot, I never talk about for being in that average scale of 3 stars, this is why I thought about creating this post, where I’ll be showing you a top 5 of my favorite 3 stars. 😊 This means that I’ll be sharing with you those books that although I didn’t finish loving them or enjoying them with such intensity, I still think they’re good books with solid stories that many of you could enjoy and I’m very excited to talk a little about each one. I’ll be highlighting their strengths, as well as their weakness and in case you’re interested, I’ll also leave a link to my full reviews, so you can know my complete thoughts about them. 👏🏻 I hope you enjoy it A LOT and let me know everything in the comments, let’s start!☘️ 

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

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At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

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☘️ Mythological Aspect || Russian folklore

☘️ Beautifully Atmospheric

☘️ Strong Main Character


❌ Heavy & Slow to Read

❌ Confusing Plot

The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray #1) by Christine Lynn Herman

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Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all. 

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☘️ Strong Paranormal Aspects

☘️ Creepy Small-Town Atmosphere

☘️ Unique Plot


❌ Slow to Read

❌ Weak Writing Style ( not my cup of tea )

❌ Character Development

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi


Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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☘️ Beautiful Writing Style

☘️ Mythological Aspect || Indian mythology

☘️ Solid First-Half


❌ Insta-Love

❌ Inconsistent Characters

❌ Confused Plot Direction

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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☘️ Unique & Entertaining Plot

☘️ Book Illustration/Photos


❌ Annoying Characters

❌ Progressively Slower to Read

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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☘️ Political Aspects

☘️ Solid Main Idea

☘️ World-Building


❌ Heavy in Romance

❌ Flat Characters

❌ Lack of Deepening in Almost All Aspects

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I hope you liked the idea, and the whole post, I want as always to emphasize that my idea isn’t to offend anyone, these are 100% my personal thoughts on each of the books and I recommend them because obviously, I think that most of you could enjoy them more than me because, despite their failures, I see a lot of potential in these stories ❤️ 

☘️ Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! Have you read any of these books? Have you enjoyed them? ☘️ 

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49 thoughts on “Top 5 || My Favorite 3 Stars Books ☘️

  1. I wasn’t aware of your mom’s surgery but I’m so happy to hear it went well! That must have been so stressful for you both. I’m glad you got so many nice messages. This community is so supportive and filled with lovely people. It’s one of the reasons I keep coming back to book blogging after every hiatus 🙂

    Also, this was such a fun list! I never even thought about the idea of having favorite 3-star books, but some 3-star books do definitely rise above the others. From this list, I’ve only read Miss Peregrines and also had mixed feelings about it. Have you read the other books? Really liked the second book in the series but thought the third one was sort of “meh” again.

    Have a great day and I hope your mom has a very smooth recovery ❤️

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    • Thank you SO SO much, Nikki! Totally, this community is full of wonderful people and it’s a pleasure for me to be part of it ❤️❤️
      I’m so glad you liked the idea! No, I haven’t read the other books, I’ve decided to stop with the first one because I don’t feel interested enough to read more, but I’ve heard that the second one is better, yes! and I’m glad you enjoyed it, even when it wasn’t amazing 😊

      Thank you so much, again, beautiful! I hope you have the most incredible day and a great end of the year 🥰


  2. This is a great post idea! There are many books I enjoyed but don’t talk about as much, also because they were around the 3 star or ‘like-not-love’ rating. Glad to hear your mother is doing well, best wishes for her speedy recovery!

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    • I’m SO glad you liked the idea! I think that many times we stop talking about these books because they’re in that middle line and we’re not sure how to feel, but considering that they have a lot to stand out, I’m happy to talk about them
      Thank you SO SO much! That means a lot ❤️

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  3. I actually adore The Bear and the Nightingale! It was a four star read for me!

    And yet I enjoy a lot of three star books, and sometimes I have nothing negative to say about them at all, I just simply enjoyed them. I didn’t find it slow in a bad way or confusing — but I also prefer slow reads at times!

    I like the Star Touched Queen, but I too was a bit iffy on the insta-love. I was about to try the series The Winner’s Curse actually! People keep recc’ing it, so I figured I should give it a shot!

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    • My opinion about The Bear and the Nightingale is so unpopular, I know everyone loves that book and even though I don’t love it, I can see exactly why other people does, so it makes me happy that you liked it! ❤️
      YES!! I get that completely, sometimes a 3 star just feels right & that’s great 👏🏻
      Oh, I hope you love The Winner’s Curse, I know that most people find the trilogy super fascinating and I personally highlight the political plot is very GOOD. You have to let me know what you think once you read it, I’d love to know 😊

      I hope you have a great day, honey 🥰


  4. This is such a good idea! 3 star reads do often get forgotten about even though they’re not bad books. I’m hoping to finally get to The Bear and the Nightingale over the winter. 😁

    I wasn’t aware of your mum going into surgery, but I’m glad everything went well and that she’s on the mend! I hope she feels good as new asap.

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    • Jess, it makes me SO happy you liked the idea, and I hope you LOVE The Bear and the Nightingale once you read it, let me know your thoughts once you do, I’d love to know! 🥰

      Aw, honey, thank you SO much, they were quite stressful days because it’s the first time that someone in the family goes through this type of intervention and thank God everything went perfect. Thank you SO much for your words & I hope you have a great end of the year ❤️❤️

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  5. The Winner’s Curse has one of THE MOST AESTHETIC COVERS EVERRR, doesn’t it?! 😍😍😍😍 OH MY GOD I LOVE IT SOO MUCH! ❤️❤️😍 And I am soo glad because now it’s going on my 2020 tbr! ❤️❤️😍😍🦋

    And The Bear 🐻 and the Nightingale 🐦 trilogy TOOO!! I have been wanting to read it for SOO SOOO LONGGG!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

    THIS POST IS AWESOME – just like you Sofii! 😍❤️🦋

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    • The cover is so beautiful, right? Oh… I’m trash for a good cover, what can I say? 😂
      I’m glad you’re going to read it next year, I hope you enjoy it a lot! & also that you enjoy The Bear and the Nightingale, it’s a super atmospheric book, so I hope the story captivates you, I’m dying to know your thoughts! 😍

      Thank you, my love!! You’re the best, I hope you have the most wonderful day ❤️


  6. TSTQ and The Devouring Gray were a 3 star reads for me too! They’re still really good though, I really enjoyed ACoW and looking forward for The Devouring Gray sequel!

    I usually hate slow-paced books, but I don’t know why The Bear & The Nightingale worked really well for me! I love the series so much ❤

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    • I’m glad that we agree! I’m super excited about The Devouring Gray sequel, I think that now that we know a little about the characters and the story in general, it could be much easier to read 😊

      It makes me SO happy that The Bear & The Nightingale has worked for you and I fully understand what you mean, I think sometimes there are slow-paced books that are worth it, you know? because sometimes you’re in no hurry to finish it and that’s perfect 🥰


  7. Love love love this post!! I’ve heard mediocre things about The Devouring Gray but it’s compared to Stranger Things which is my fave show ever AND The Raven Boys. Hope I like it. And such a pity you didn’t like The Bear & The Nightingale, I also have that one on my TBR.

    Hope your mom recovers soon, sending support xx

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    • It makes me SO happy you liked the post, Ruby!! 😊 Oh, don’t worry, I think if you like atmospheric stories and paranormal and mysterious plots, you’ll enjoy those aspects a lot, although it was slow-paced for me, I’m excited about the next book because the ending was great! I also LOVE Stranger Things and The Raven Boys, although I think it has more similarities with the latter.

      I know, right? I really wanted to love The Bear & The Nightingale, but it’s an unpopular opinion so I’m sure you’ll love it as much as everyone else. You have to let me know once you read it, though, I would love to know your opinion about both books. 🥰

      Thank you SO SO much, honey, that means a lot ❤️❤️

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  8. Such a great post to do! I never would’ve thought of anything like this, but I actually really relate to feeling like 3* reads can be really good! I actually loved bear and the nightingale, but I get not clicking with it cos of how slow it is. I definitely want to read devouring grey as well, so I’m glad it’s on this list! And I really relate to your feelings on winner’s curse! Awesome post!

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    • Thank you SO much, it makes me so happy you liked it and I’m glad we have the same thoughts 😊, I can see that each of these books are amazing in their own way, so I understand why they’re so loved. I hope you enjoy The Devouring Gray a lot if you get to read it, I would love to know your opinion ❤️

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  9. Amazing post idea, love! ❤ You're so right, we spend so much time talking about the best and the worst books that we forget sometimes about all other "middle of the bunch" books.

    And WHAT? I can't believe you gave 3 stars to the Bear and the Nightingale!!! It's the best winter fantasy ever! 😀

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    • Alex, I’m SO glad you like the idea! Oh, I know! I can’t understand that I didn’t like it that much, either, but I can still see why everyone loves that book, the writing style is beautiful and it’s super atmospheric, which I adore. I’m so glad you loved it! ❤️❤️

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  10. This is such a cool idea Sofii!! I have a lot of feelings about 3 star ratings. For me, 3 stars is not a bad rating. I just liked the book. Maybe I didn’t love it or really connect with it, but I still enjoyed it to some extent. I think my favorite 3 star book is The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. It’s a good book, but it was bogged down by a few elements.

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    • I’m SO glad you liked the idea, love! 🥰 Yes, totally, I think the same, 3 stars deserve some recognition because they still have very good points that are worth highlighting. I’m very interested in reading The Bone Witch, I think it sounds like something I’ll enjoy, but we’ll see *fingers crossed*
      I hope you have a wonderful December ❤️

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