Highest rated books on my Goodreads TBR

highest rated books on my goodreads tbr

An age ago, I posted a similar blog all about the lowest rated books on my Goodreads, which I am planning on revisiting and doing a part 2 of soon. But today I wanted to look at the opposite and take a look at the most loved books on my TBR!

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what ranks!

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi 4.55 (2,456 ratings)

I added this to my TBR off the back of a Goodreads blog that featured it. It sounds like a really eye-opening and educational read about America’s racist history (and present!!). It is quite a beast at 592 pages though, I’m not sure when I’ll read it.

Educated by Tara Westover 4.48 (52,382 ratings)

I’ve seen so many amazing reviews for this one and I’m very excited to read it at some point. I understand there are a few points being mentioned that look at the book in a negative or even dis-believing light, however, I still think it will be an interesting read.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza 4.43 (34,311 ratings)

I’m not religious and I often avoid religious books as I can’t relate to it, however, this book came highly recommended after I talked about events in history I wish I had been taught in school. I think the rating for this one speaks for itself, and nonreligious friends have told me that this one doesn’t get too preachy either.

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson 4.43 (1,621 ratings)

I can’t even remember how I came across looking at this book. As you can see, it’s not the most popular nonfiction with less than 2,000 ratings and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the Attica Prison Uprising, but it sounds like a really interesting event that I would like to be educated on.

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Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley 4.42 (130,137 ratings)

I loved this sound of this due to hearing that it was non-fiction and I thought the story it told sounded fascinating. I was then told by Janel (@Keeper of Pages) that this was in fact not entirely the case. It turns out this story is much more fiction than fact and a lot of it was plagiarised. Some backup evidence of this can be found here and here. Now knowing this, I would still be interested in reading the books, but I would also like to read the book it plagiarised from The African by Harold Courlander.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 4.37 (158,291 ratings)

Now I don’t read much YA, as you all probably know, but I do have a fondness towards Patrick Ness thanks to his Choas Walking series I read as a teen. I’ve heard many amazing things about this story and do actually have the book myself, it’s just finding the right time to read it.

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 4.36 (113,377 ratings)

Here is another book I have on my shelves at home, thanks to receiving it as part of a book swap I participated in on Instagram. I recently read an amazing 5-star review for this on The Opinionated Reader’s blog which further solidified my excitement for this story. Like with the YA before it, I need to find the right time to pick this one up.

Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza 4.36 (5,105 ratings)


Honestly? I’m so shocked this is one of the top books! I lost interest in this series. I started off really enjoying Erika Foster and friends but I found the stories became a little monotonous and the writing wasn’t fantastic. I should probably take this one off my TBR but I’m 99% sure this book is actually downloaded somewhere on my Kindle…

So there we have it! Those are the top rated book on my TBR. I might do a part 2 of this blog as it’s been enjoyable to see which books rank highly. It’s interesting and exciting to see so the top top books are non-fiction!

What is the highest rated book on your tbr?

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

16 Replies to “Highest rated books on my Goodreads TBR”

  1. I loved writing these posts and am glad to see you have done the same after I got the idea for the lowest rated books from you last year. I half want to read a monster calls, and its quite a short one at under 300 pages so I’m sure I will get to it at some point.
    I also read Robert Bryndza first book The Girl in the Ice’ and really liked it but haven’t even thought about picking the next book up, I guess you wouldn’t recommend I do?!

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    1. I didn’t mind the second, or even the third Bryndza book but I didn’t love the series, I just kept getting them on Netgalley so kept reading them haha! They may be more your cup of tea, I’m so fussy with my police procedurals 😛


  2. I also want to read Blood in the Water at some point. I really appreciate what you said about Left to Tell because it’s often the same for me, I can’t relate to religiously-themed stories and often feel like they’re preachy. Good to know that one takes a different tone. Stamped from the Beginning sounds intense but important.

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  3. I get so mad whenever I think about Roots, because I dedicated all that time to it, and really believed in it, only to find out a lot of it was false, even down to his ancestor’s names, so disappointing!

    I don’t know about the Attica Prison Uprising but it’s something I wanna read about now, thanks!

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  4. I read A Gentleman in Moscow and Educated, both were very different from one another, but I really enjoyed them both.

    The current top 2 rated book on my owned TBR is The Wicked King by Holly Black and The Stand by Stephen King.

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