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15 Books I've Read That Are Highly Ranked on Goodreads


I can't claim credit for this idea. I got it from Jack Edwards most recent video post. (frequent readers of my blog will know that he's one of my favorite book you-tubers) He borrowed it from someone else - but, a good idea is a good idea.


Sorting the My Books tab by Books Read section, and then by rating, gave me quick access to this info. It's an interesting exercise - you should try it! So of the over 1800 books I have read and entered in Goodreads, here are the books that have the highest Goodreads rating and what I rated them (they don't always agree, nor should they). Blue type is a link to my review on the blog.

  1. How The Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith - GR 4.76, me 4 (audio)

  2. The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton - GR 4.64, me 4

  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows #7 by JK Rowling - GR 4.62, me 3

  4. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson - GR 4.62, me 4.5

  5. Crooked Kingdom #2 by Leigh Bardugo - GR 4.61, me 4

  6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - GR 4.59, me 5

  7. Harry Potter #3, 4, 6 by JK Rowling - GR 4.57, me 3

  8. The Wise Man's Fear #2 by Patrick Rothfuss - GR 4.55, me 5

  9. A Storm of Swords #3 by George RR Martin - GR 4.55, me 3

  10. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - GR 4.53, me 4.5

  11. The Girl Who Remembered Horses by Linda Benson - GR 4.52, me 1 !!!

  12. The Name of the Wind #1 by Patrick Rothfuss - GR 4.52, me 5

  13. Dead Stop #2 by Barbara Nickless - GR 4.52, me 4

  14. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Olua -- GR 4.51, me 5

  15. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - GR 4.5, me 4

For me, the interesting take away from this is that 4 of my top 15 GR rated books are nonfiction and I rarely read nonfiction. Maybe GR is trying to tell me something?! Also, notice #11 that has a high GR rating and I gave it a 1. I could barely finish the book (as I remember there was a fair amount of skimming involved) and I didn't like anything about this book - wonder what I was missing? It really just proves that not every book is for every reader.


Try this little experiment for yourself and see if you are surprised.







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