For Pi Day, a List of Books with 3.14 Ratings

Posted by Jade on March 14, 2015

Pop quiz! Question: Why is today the best Pi Day in a century? Answer: Because it's 3/14/15, the first day since March 14, 1915 that represents pi to four decimals! (Of course that only applies to countries that are Middle-endian, i.e., that follow the mm/dd/yy format.)

In honor of this most irrational and transcendental of numbers, we've compiled a list of popular books with 3.14 ratings on Goodreads. We'll be celebrating Pi Day by contemplating the infinite corners of a giant cherry pie, listening to the digits of pi being recited aloud by a lovely computer lady, and reading one of the auspiciously rated books on this list!*

How will you celebrate? Tell us in the comments!

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*All books had a rating of 3.14 at publication, but ratings are subject to change.

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message 1: by P.J. (new)

P.J. O'Brien Ratings are indeed a moving target, but I love the idea behind the list itself! It's very clever and fun.


message 2: by Ines (new)

Ines Here I thought you were going to show books about Pi, but is so must more awesome!! Great idea Goodreads :)


message 3: by Shadows (new)

Shadows n Secrecy How will I celebrate? Eat pies! Easy!


message 4: by Christopher (new)

Christopher What a hilarious concept for a list! Happy Pi day :D


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Trying to find a book with Pi element in it and read it.


message 6: by Misty (new)

Misty hehe nice day (pie) 3.14285714286


message 7: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Tallon Take my advice and don't read Rhymes With Witches, there's a reason why it's got a low rating.

P.S. It's one of the worst books I've ever read.


message 8: by Misty (new)

Misty Ar The Life of Pi is a good read for today


message 9: by Dani (new)

Dani Low rated books for Pi day. Just celebrate with actual pie!


message 10: by Ian (new)

Ian "(Of course that only applies to countries that are Middle-endian, i.e., that follow the mm/dd/yy format.)"

"countries"? I'm pretty sure that should be "singular".


message 11: by Rubi (new)

Rubi Anning Life of Pi not on the list? Curious!


message 12: by Trisa (Absolute Bookishness) (last edited Mar 14, 2015 07:16PM) (new)

Trisa (Absolute Bookishness) Awesome post. I laughed so hard...maybe too hard. <_<
I was so busy thinking about the fact that it's Saturday the 14th (dun dun duuunnn), that I didn't notice the 3/14/15-pi correlation. I like the Life of Pi suggestion though. Might start reading that. And now I want some pie. Hmmm...


message 13: by Ilinalta (new)

Ilinalta Interesting post. In the spirit of Pi Day, I will overlook the fact that we were recommended mediocre books.


message 14: by Licha (new)

Licha Stick to Life of Pi. Not sure why anyone would want to read books with such an average rating of 3.14. Maybe the list could have been books with the letters PI somewhere in the title.


Trisa (Absolute Bookishness) Overdrive also recommended celebrating our inner nerd with books like The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution and other brainy reads.


message 16: by Elke (new)

Elke I have read Life od Pi this weekend!


message 17: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Richard PI day in New Orleans
www.55minutedrive.blogspot.com


message 18: by Dara S. (new)

Dara S. I have read two of these low rated books listed.


message 19: by Ilinalta (new)

Ilinalta Dara S. wrote: "I have read two of these low rated books listed."

How were they?


message 20: by Dara S. (new)

Dara S. I would not rate either of them very high. One wasOliver's Story the sequel to Love Story. I read it so long ago, I hardly remember it. I did like Love Story better.
The other was Cold Sassy Tree / Leaving Cold Sassy which the author died before finishing and someone else came along to finish. I gave Cold Sassy Tree 5 stars (loved it). The sequel was disjointed and deserving of the 3.14 rating.


message 21: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I LOL. What a great idea. I missed this because I was reading all day yesterday and still sick *nothing new*, however I Love pretty much 'all' books whether they're rated high or rated Pi I'm sure I'd love a couple of the books listed above. Thanks for the fun post :)


message 22: by Nick (new)

Nick Jones All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, Vol. 1 is one of the worst things I have ever read, and I can't imagine that anything sharing its score would be much better. It might behoove Goodreads to celebrate a date that'd match up with a higher score, like Earth Day on April 22nd (corresponding with a rating of 4.22, which would include the nigh-indisputably good Where the Wild Things Are).


message 23: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Nick wrote: "All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, Vol. 1 is one of the worst things I have ever read, and I can't imagine that anything sharing its score would be much better. It might beho..."

Love that idea! Will try to do a list for April 22nd!


message 24: by Annette (new)

Annette mathews I have read all Erich segal novels except Oliver's Story . Hope to read it soon .


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