The Top Five Highest Rated Books According to GoodReads on my TBR Stack, The 2020 Edition!

Last year one of my many reading plans was to read the top five highest rated books according to GoodReads on my owned books TBR stack. Click on this link to see the original post & plans. But, not surprisingly,  I never got around to reading any of them. It was one of those years, y’all.  A couple of days ago I looked over the list from last year and compared it to the highest rated books I own as of January 14, 2020. And the list had changed quite a bit. Only two books from last year actually is on this years top five. So, due to the change of line up, it sort of encouraged me to try this plan again this year. And many of the books will fit the prompts of the various Reading Challenges I’m attempting, too. So it’s another solid reason why to attempt this personal challenge again.

Here are the guidelines I’m using for this challenge:

  • I’m using GoodReads ratings to pick the books.
  • Books must have at least 100 ratings on GoodReads.
  • Books that I own as of December 31, 2019. Books purchased after this date will not be included this year.
  • All the ratings are as of January 14, 2020 on GoodReads.
  • I will read and write a review for each book before the end of the year.

So, here is the list:

FFC92875-57D4-40A6-A8E4-3CC3B6442882Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat. This book is the highest rated book on my TBR. Average Rating:  4.53 Stars. 12,193 ratings. 1,084 reviews. I own a hard back copy of the book.


06B8C19A-7944-4662-9753-42BAC32134F1 Harry Potter & Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts Edited by David Baggett and Shawn E. Klein. Average Rating: 4.48 stars. 11,454 ratings. 92 reviews. I own the paperback.



16E232A3-CB6E-4C1D-8317-EEDA4A5AD4DE Hogwarts Library by J.K. Rowling. Average Ratings: 4.47. 6,330 ratings. 185 Reviews. The three titles included in this collection are Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through the Ages, & The Tales of Beedle the Bard. This is a hardback collection.



6D19B45C-22E5-4AB6-8EC6-153AB1807641 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. Average Ratings 4.45 stars. 113,295 ratings. 13,568 reviews. I own a hardback. This is one of the books on my original list. Another hardback copy.


broken angelBroken Angels by Gemma Livero. Average Ratings: 4.44 stars. 9,587 ratings. 729 reviews. I won a Kindle copy a year or two ago? I really need to read and review this one. And it is the other book that was  on my original list.


What do you think? What does your top five look like, if you use GoodReads, of course. Have you read any of the books on my list? If so what do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!


Here is a link to the original you tube video that inspired my original list in 2019:


The 5 Highest Rated Books on my TBR Stack

Since I’m reading and rating The 5 Lowest Rated Books on my TBR Stack according to GoodReads, it seems only logical to list the five highest rated books on my TBR. Like the five lowest rated books, I plan on reading them over the course of the year and will update my progress in the later in the year. And I’ll let you what I think about the books and whether or not I  agree with think the rating.

***I think I forgot to mention in my lowest rated post that the books on both lists are all books I own as of January 1, 2019. Anything I purchased after this date is not a part of the list and will not be added to it this year. This list (and the lowest rated list) was compiled by me on January 22, 2019.

Here’s the list:

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande  4.44 Stars

Why is it on my TBR: It came to me by book box a couple of years ago.

Why I think it has high ratings: Not sure.








An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon  4.44 Stars

Why it’s on my TBR: I picked this up at a library book sale.

Why I think it has high ratings: This is a part of a beloved series that the fans love. And those fans are a wee bit fanatical.





Broken Angels by Gemma Liviero  4.43 Stars

Why it’s on my TBR: I won this one in GoodReads Giveaway a couple of years ago.

Why I think it has high ratings: I’m guessing it’s the subject matter.






The Story of a Lost Child by Elena Ferrante 4.39 Stars

Why it’s on my TBR: I bought all of the Neapolitan Quartet a year or two ago. And it’s on my TBR because I’m not quite ready to finish the series.

Why I think it has a high rating: Because the novels are so good.





The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak 4.37 Stars

Why it’s on my TBR: I bought this years ago and have put off reading because I’m afraid it won’t live up to my expectations.

Why I think it has a high rating: It’s a beloved book.







Here is a link to Zuky the Bookbum’s Top 5 Highest Rated TBR books on GoodReads. 

And here is the link to my 5 Lowest Rated Books.

And here is a link to a  Misstery blog post about low rated books she liked.

Have you read any of the books and do you agree with GoodReads ratings? Let me know in the comments below. And if you’ve put together a top rated list, leave a link to it so I can compare our lists.

Happy Reading.