Hey there, book nerds! How’s everyone doing today? I don’t know about y’all but I’m still sleepy after all of yesterday’s festivities! Whether you celebrated with family and friends, were serving our country abroad, or chilling in with some good books I hope you all had a wonderful and safe 4th of July!
So today’s post isn’t actually a tag (as implied by my cover photo), but it is something I’ve seen plenty of book friends (Kathy & Destiny, etc) participate in, and honestly, it looked too fun to not do as well!
Want to play along?
Head over to your Goodreads Want To Read/TBR/Whatever Catchy Name You’ve Branded It shelf and sort your books by the number of ratings category. (If it’s not listed look at your settings and add “num ratings.”) Take the TOP TEN most popular books (the first ten) and show off your TBR shame.
Ready to check out the 10 that made my list??
1) The Lighting Thief (Percy Jackson #1) by Rick Riordan
Current Rating: 4.23/5 Current # Of Ratings: 1,573,737
Growing up it seemed like you were either Camp Harry Potter or Camp Half-Blood. Whether that’s because they dropped almost a decade apart or because fan bases for wizards and demigods don’t mix I’ll never know. What I do know is that I’ve been interested in this series for more than a decade, but now fear it’s too late to dive in.
2) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Current Rating: 4.12/5 Current # Of Ratings: 1,352,870
So when I went to NTTBF I met some uber Cassie Clare fans that could NOT believe I hadn’t read one of her “life-changing” novels. And I know I should have, but it’s so daunting getting into a series that’s already 6+ books deep. However, when 1.3 million reviews are averaging over 4 Stars it might be a sign to crack open CoB.
3) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Current Rating: 4.21/5 Current # Of Ratings: 648,028
IF I’m being honest, this series didn’t pop up on my radar until a year before the Starz show premiered. I discovered it through fangirling friends who were thrilled that their favorite Scot would finally be on the screen and I can’t say I’ve been disappointed in the final result. I’ve always planned to read the source material, but at 850 pages it’s hard to convince myself to pick this bad boy up.
4) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Current Rating: 4.15/5 Current # Of Ratings: 528,884
Unlike the three novels that preceded this, Cinder is a current (ish) novel with a topic that should still appeal to me, is only 4 books deep, and is only 300 or so pages. What I’m trying to say is there’s really no excuse for why this hasn’t been read yet.
5) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Current Rating: 4.55/5 Current # Of Ratings: 523,079
Beyond the fact that this is one of the books that’s been on my TBR the longest it’s also one that has stats that blow my mind. People clearly love the story/writing/characters what have you because with over HALF A MILLION reviews it comes in at the HIGHEST ranked book on this list with 4.55/5 Stars!!! WHY am I sleeping on this series?? Why?
6) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Current Rating: 4.13/5 Current # Of Ratings: 482,550
Like Percy Jackson this is one of those series that I’m certain I would have LOVED in its’ heyday, but am now a little wary. I know this was beloved by many so if it’s something I should still pursue please let me know!
7) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Current Rating: 4.55/5 Current # Of Ratings: 416,380
This WW2-story has been on my radar for ages. From the stunning cover art to the glowing reviews (please note this is tied with TNOTW), I’ve wanted to immerse myself into Hannah’s pages. Hopefully I’ll gather the funds and time to read this soon!
8) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Current Rating: 4.23/5 Current # Of Ratings: 403,129
Unlike the ACO-series, which I read, loved, and will continue to devour, I haven’t gotten around to Maas’ other fantasy series. I’ve honestly heard such mixed things that I’m not sure if I want to dive into this soon-to-be 8 book series.
9) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Current Rating: 4.09/5 Current # Of Ratings: 377,248
Coming in as the oldest book on my TBR (first published in 1959) this tearjerker is something I somehow was never assigned to read in school. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful, emotion-filled things, and I hope to cross this off before the end of 2018.
10) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Current Rating: 4.25/5 Current # Of Ratings: 350,919
Wrapping up the list is this historical fiction novel about books. Although it’s the lowest reviewed title on this post, it is by no means the least loved. Many reviewers call this one of their favorite books of all time and I hope to get around to it sooner than later.
Well there you have it guys! My MOST POPULAR READS ON MY TBR!! I am seriously torn about some of these titles so if you think they’re worth the time please let me know! If you think it’s better to turn and burn them, I’d also appreciate the feedback. Anyone else need to cross some of these off their lists? Let me know below, y’all!
And, as always: Happy Reading!