Hi all !  Today I’m doing part one of a two-part project – the first part, which I’ll be discussing today, is essentially to read the ten most popular books on my TBR. I’ve seen quite a few people doing this project so I wanted to try it myself. The second part, which I’ll start later, is to read my highest-rated books.

One of the major reasons is that a lot of these books have been on my TBR for a long time and I thought this would be a fun way to kind of clear them off. I also always avoid popular books because they feel daunting and honestly, I always think I won’t enjoy popular books because they’re so hyped? I definitely enjoy reading lowkey books over-hyped books. But a lot of these ARE genuinely books I want to read so this is a good push.

So today I just wanted to talk about the top ten most popular books on my TBR, then I’ll come back with a part two after I’ve read them. Most popular = books with the most ratings on Goodreads.


1: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1,794,439 ratings) I’m not surprised this is the most read book on my TBR. I’m pretty sure this is on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list and it’s on a million celebrity book club lists. I’m actually in the library queue for this book though, so I also am in on the hype.

2: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (1,760,099 ratings) Another book I feel everyone has heard of at this point. It was The book to read after Gone Girl for a while and it has a movie which always makes the books get more popular. I have heard many mixed reactions about this book but I still want to try it?

3: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (1,741,706 ratings)  I’m NOT surprised to see this here at all. Easily one of the most well-known books ever. I had this on my TBR then deleted it. But then added it back because I watched a documentary about religious conspiracies that referenced some of the same things this book talks about.  I really love religion-based conspiracies so I feel I need to read this.

4: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1,448,021 ratings)  This book is a classic that I believe has been experiencing a bit of a resurgence later so it seems about right it’s this high. A lot of people love this book and I like modern classics so I have had it on my TBR for ages.

4: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (1,021,718 ratings) I’m actually surprised to see this book so high! I always thought The Kite Runner was Hosseini’s big book and this one was more under the radar. I loved The Kite Runner so I’m looking forward to this one.

5: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (831,350 ratings) Not surprised this book is so high because it was ALL THE RAGE for a minute there. I have owned this book for a while so I really need to get to it.

6: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (676,240 ratings) Neil Gaiman is so popular so not surprised to see him turn up at all. After reading Good Omens, I’m a little unsure about this book but I like the show so I’m willing to give it a go.

7: A Feast for Crows by George R.R Martin (566,088 ratings)  HOW is this book on the list when no other Game of Thrones books have appeared and it’s like the 4th one in the series? Top 10 questions science CANNOT answer. Anyway, I am halfway through the series (read books one, two and half of the third) so I’ll be getting onto this eventually.

8: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (544,015 ratings) I loved Gone Girl so I added this to my TBR because a lot of people say its actually better than Gone Girl? I also want to watch the TV show eventually. This is one I’m definitely keen to pick up even though it’s super hyped up.

9: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (536,184 ratings) This book has a whopping 4.57 average rating. It is so well-loved and it really intimidates me because I don’t love historical fiction about war? But, I want to give it a go because it has such great ratings and reviews. I think it might surprise me if I give it a chance.

10: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R Martin (505,583 ratings) Makes sense for this to appear when AFFC already did. Oh my god, the 60,000 people who haven’t continued on. Get it together people!


Those are the top ten most rated books on my TBR! I plan on trying really hard to actually focus on reading these and come back with a wrap-up to talk about my thoughts on all these books. Plus, I would have knocked some really ‘big’ books on my TBR. If you’ve read any of these let me know your thoughts!

until next time

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