The Best Books I’ve Read According to Goodreads
I recently saw this video on Jack In The Books on YouTube. He looked at the books he’s marked as Read on Goodreads and then filtered by the average star rating to see which books Goodreads rates highest.
It was a really interesting concept so I’ve pulled out the top ten best books I’ve read according to Goodreads.
Little Women: The Screenplay by Greta Gerwig (4.78)
So the ‘best’ book on my Read list is the screenplay for Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women. I gave it 5 stars and the average Goodreads user gave it 4.78, so really high rating. It’s free on Vanity Fair so well worth reading.
Know My Name by Chanel Miller (4.73)
Next up is Know My Name, a hard-hitting memoir from Chanel Miller who was a victim of rape at Standford University in America. This book documents her attack by Brock Turner, and the aftermath from the moment she was found to Brock being sentenced to a ridiculously low prison sentence because of his ‘sporting talent’. It’s a harrowing and hard read, but hugely important.
One For Sorrow by Helen Fields (4.66)
This is one of my books from work and I’m so pleased it’s in the best books on Goodreads list! It’s fantastic, I adored it – although I am biased – I gave it 5+++ stars! Loved it.
Downton Abbey: Season Three – The Complete Scripts (4.63)
Yes, for the first three seasons of Downton Abbey, the scripts were published with Julian Fellowes’s notes and comments. I still have all three and really enjoyed them. They didn’t continue the books with the next three seasons, but if you like the series and/or screenwriting they’re definitely worth a read.
Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman (4.52)
I’ve only read the first book in the Heartstopper graphic novel series – why?! – and I will be continuing someday. I will also be devouring the series on Netflix shortly. It’s an adorable romance, the images are stunning and it’s simply lovely.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4.51)
I read this book a while ago. It’s a short manifesto about Feminism with some fairly easy to understand tips on how to support and be a better feminist, especially for men. Worth reading and a good gift for early-day feminists. Happy to see it’s been rated so highly bearing in mind feminism usually gets a lot of trolls rating down for no reason.
The End of the Third Age (Lord of the Rings #6) by J.R.R. Tolkien (4.49)
I probably shouldn’t admit that I didn’t really enjoy reading the Lord of the Rings series, especially since I work for HarperCollins, but it’s true. Truthfully, I adore the story of Lord of the Rings, but the reading experience was very long and quite dull. However, I did rate this book 4 stars – but I think that’s partly because it’s the last book in the series. I do wonder where the other 5 books – or 2.5 – are on this list?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (4.48)
A highly deserved spot by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I utterly adored this story and wish I could read it for the first time all over again. It had everything from heartwarming romance, a shock twist, a gut-wrenching ending, and Hollywood golden day vibes. Amazing.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (4.47)
Homegoing is such a harrowing and moving novel. It documents the lives of one family, starting with the stories of two sisters in Ghana three hundred years ago. We see how the two sisters’ family lines developed based on their experience in the slave trade centuries ago. It’s so clever, the writing is stunning and the character memorable.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (4.46)
And finally, a slightly surprising one The Help. At the time, I really enjoyed The Help and gave it 4 stars, however, the book is problematic for its white saviour aspect and there is a lot of discussion about the white author’s interpretation (stereotypical interpretation) of black maids within the South. An interesting one.
Disclaimer: I’ve ignored the Harry Potter books as they were 7 out of the 10 best books on Goodreads – we know they’re beloved! I want to see what other books Goodreads rates.
But that’s it. Those are the best books I’ve read according to Goodreads. I’m interested to see which books Goodreads thinks are the worst books I’ve read. To be continued.