Today’s post is going to be a little bit different — it’s not necessarily a tag, as far as I’m aware, but I saw Adriana over at Perpetual Pages do it in a recent video, and loved the idea! Basically, you go to your Goodreads TBR shelf and sort your books by the number of ratings (“num ratings” in the dropdown bar at the bottom), and then show off which 10 books are the most widely read/rated on your TBR!
I actually decided to do the top 20, because most of my top 10 were classics that everyone expects to make it into the most widely rated. Once I got past the first 7 or 8, though, there were some titles that really surprised me by having so many ratings!
1. The Hobbit — J. R. R. Tolkien
2,319,804 ratings — 4.25 average
Not surprised, obviously. This one is on my April TBR!
2. The Fellowship of the Ring — J. R. R. Tolkien
1,935,134 ratings — 4.34 average
I didn’t expect this one to be so much lower in ratings than The Hobbit, or for its average rating to be this much higher, actually.
3. The Book Thief — Markus Zusak
1,393,235 ratings — 4.36 average
I’m a little bit surprised that this one has such a high average, given how many of my personal friends felt that it was an important story, but very poor execution. That said, I know I have to try this one for myself, and it’s on my “must read” list for 2018.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
1,080,002 ratings — 4.21 average
Not at all surprised to see this one so high! Everyone is always surprised I haven’t read it, but it is my fiance’s favorite book of all time, so I promised him I’d buddy read it with him in May, for his birthday. 😛
5. Jurassic Park — Michael Crichton
680,230 ratings — 3.98 average
First, I would like to bring your attention to the fact that the 5th most widely read book on my TBR has barely over half as many ratings as the 4th book on this list! Second, yes, I know, as someone who has seen the Jurassic Park film literally 200-300 times in my life (no, not kidding… stop judging me), I “should” have read this by now. I know.
6. City of Glass — Cassandra Clare
667,900 ratings — 4.34 average
Ha! Joke’s on you, Goodreads, because this book is on my shelf to be picked up as soon as I can be bothered with reviewing City of Ashes!
7. All the Light We Cannot See — Anthony Doerr
636,008 ratings — 4.32 average
This is kind of neat, because I literally just bought a copy of this book during the last week or two. I didn’t know what it was even about until I saw it on BookOutlet, and it sounds perfectly devastating and gorgeous.
8. The Selection — Kiera Cass
605,951 ratings — 4.15 average
I cannot describe how shook I am to have this book in the #8 spot. You guys know how I took my YA hiatus for several years, yadda yadda yadda, but I still felt like I was hearing about most of the majorly popular releases… yet this one was completely off of my radar until I joined the Owlcrate Society group on FB in fall of 2016. So, I had no clue it was this widely read!
9. The Battle of the Labyrinth — Rick Riordan
566,675 ratings — 4.39 average
Aww, Percy. <3 I actually got 50-100 pages into this one a few weeks ago, but I have so many other reads going on right now that I moved it back to my TBR shelf until things settle a little. I can’t wait to dive back in, though!
10. American Gods — Neil Gaiman
574,176 ratings — 4.11 average
Will I ever actually read this? Probably not. Neil and I just don’t “click”, no matter how many times I’ve tried or how many of his titles I’ve picked up. I read the first few chapters of this last year, and wasn’t feeling it, but I keep it on my TBR because I keep hoping I’ll “get” what everyone loves about his writing someday.
11. The Two Towers — J. R. R. Tolkien
558,995 ratings — 4.42 average
I’m low-key stunned it took this long into the list to hit another Tolkien book…
12. It — Stephen King
561,462 ratings — 4.21 average
I feel like I’ve been putting this book off for literally my entire life…
13. Clockwork Angel — Cassandra Clare
547,697 ratings — 4.34 average
I’m getting there soon, I swear!
14. The Return of the King — J. R. R. Tolkien
534,752 ratings — 4.51 average
Aww, the trilogy is complete, and they all made it in the list! <3
15. The Last Olympian — Rick Riordan
528,313 ratings — 4.50 average
I’m gonna be really sad to see this series end soon, but I’m honestly so happy that these books are so widely cherished.
16. The Lost Hero — Rick Riordan
512,404 ratings — 4.35 average
… LMAO. For those of you who don’t know, this is the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series, which is the spin-off of the Percy Jackson series. How fitting.
17. The Name of the Wind — Patrick Rothfuss
500,370 ratings — 4.55 average
Our highest average yet! I thought this would actually be higher on the list. (This is also on my “must read in 2018” list.)
18. Beautiful Creatures — Kami Garcia
478,300 ratings — 3.76 average
This is another book I didn’t expect to make the list, and it has the lowest rating so far (by, like… a fair margin), but I’ve owned a copy for years and feel like I should really read it eventually.
19. Vampire Academy — Richelle Mead
473,262 ratings — 4.14 average
This, on the other hand, I’m not even remotely surprised to see make the list, because I legitimately feel like the only 20-something-or-older YA reader left in the world who hasn’t picked this up already.
20. Carrie — Stephen King
396,564 ratings — 3.93 average
And, lastly, another King title I “should” have read years ago. I’m surprised that there’s such a big jump in rating numbers between #19 and #20.
(Just because I know some of you are as addicted to charts as I am.)
There you have it! Those are my 20 most widely read TBR titles. I was surprised by a few, but not by most of them. This exercise also helped me weed out several titles on my TBR shelf that should have been on my read, DNF, or “nope” shelves, so that was a pleasant bonus!
This was such a fun and insightful post to create, so I totally encourage anyone else who’s interested in doing it, too – and please let me know if you do it, so I can see what your most widely read TBR titles were, too! <3