Highest Rated Goodreads Books I’ve Read

Let’s be honest, I’ve had the highest rated Goodreads book inspired-posts on my blogging-to write list from the start of Fangirl Fury. Flash forward July 2019, where I finally talked about the highest Goodreads books on my TBR (update: I’ve since only read 1 book on this list).

That being said, we are going to fulfill the second half of my Goodreads-blogging quest today by talking about some of the best rated books on my Goodreads ‘read’ shelf. Spoiler alert, but since I realized that the first ten books on my ‘read’ shelf were mostly composed of Sarah J. Mass and Harry Potter, I’ve decided to just mention the highest rated A Court of Thorns and RosesThrone of Glass, and HP books. As someone who mostly reads contemporary, I find it so interesting that the following books are mostly fantasy and other genres that are not contemporary.

How do I organize my Goodreads shelves by rating?

There are two ways to organize your Want to Read shelf by rating. You can first view your shelf by list and then click on avg. rating, or you can just select select avg. rating at the bottom of the screen. To organize from highest to lowest, make sure the triangle next to avg. rating is pointing down (click on the triangle to do so) or select the desc. bubble at the bottom.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Avg Rating: 4.67

I am a firm believer that Chapter 55 alone is what makes this book the highest rated on my read shelf.

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Avg Rating: 4.61

I tend to love series sequels more than the first book, so it’s not really too much of a surprise that Crooked Kingdom is my favorite in the Six of Crows duology—Wylan’s chapters in this CK sealed the deal for me.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #7)

Avg Rating: 4.61

Kingdom of Ash isn’t my absolute favorite book in the Throne of Glass series—hello Queen of Shadows (which happens to be the second highest rated ToG book with an average rating of 4.56)- but nonetheless, I have much love for this book. This epic finale deserves all the stars.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #3)

Avg. Rating: 4.56

Prisoner of Azkaban is in my top three favorite Harry Potter books – my #1 is always alternating between this one, Half-Blood Prince, and Order of the Phoenix.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Avg. Rating: 4.55

This is an occasion where my feels for the book do not exactly meet the rating. Obsidio was a fun read, but I wasn’t head-over-heels in love with the plot and grew a little tired of the formatting.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Avg. Rating: 4.57

Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale is easily one of the most beautiful books and best historical fiction books I’ve read, so it is easily another book that deserves ALL the stars.

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman

Avg. Rating: 4.52

Thunderhead definitely earns a 5 star rating in the ‘leaves me screaming until the next book’ department.

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight #3) by Katherine Arden

Avg. Rating: 4.52

The last book in the Winternight trilogy, The Winter of the Witch is another case in which I did not love the book as much as its average rating suggests. I had such high expectations for The Winter of the Witch, given my love for The Girl in the Tower, but I felt really disconnected from Vasya and the plot.

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5) by Rick Riordan

Avg. Rating: 4.51

Although I read the Percy Jackson series past my middle school days, having picked up the books during my senior year of high school, this was still such a fun series. While not my absolute favorite in the series, The Last Olympian was a really satisfying series conclusion.


Do you know the highest rated books on your Goodreads ‘read’ shelf? Have you read any of the books above? Share in the comments!

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