21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)

Since I’m ~extra~ my Goodreads shelves are flush with my physical shelves because I like to have things organized. I have a shelf of all the books I already own that I haven’t read yet, so I organized that shelf by rating to draw out the highest rated books I already own! This is going to be my loose 🌟 2019 TBR 🌟 which means I roughly have to read two of these books per month.

Many of these books are books I’ve been wanting to read for a while (big surprise) so hopefully this will help me 1) actually read the books I already own and 2) read books that I’ve been meaning to read since the dawn of time.

(I chose 21 books because that’s the number of books that fit the best in the graphic I made if you just want to scroll through to the end of the post since it is pretty long!)


Becoming by Michelle Obama
Avg. rating: 4.70

This literally just came out so most likely this high rating is due to the swarm of enthusiastic readers starting this and loving it straight from the gate, so I’m curious to see how well it holds up. Still I’m beyond excited to read this and I’m so glad to see it in the top spot!

Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 2Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 edition) vol. 2 by Hiromu Arakawa
Avg. rating: 4.61

So this is kind of cheating because I’ve already read this series, but I borrowed the individual volumes from the library years ago, and I’m planning on purchasing the series and thought the 3-in-1 editions would be the best. Before reading this one, I’d obviously like to reread the first volume I own.

In This Corner of the World Vol. 1In This Corner of the World by Fumiyo Kouno
Avg. rating: 4.56

I bought this recently without knowing anything about it, so I’m very excited to see it was received so well! I’m not surprised to see manga this high up on the list because I feel like manga is such a niche category and much of the manga I read I love so I can’t wait to pick this up.

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Avg. rating: 4.56

I read my first Kristin Hannah book this year and absolutely loved it.Β  While this book had been on my radar for awhile, I didn’t go out and buy it until immediately after I finished The Great Alone. I’m already planning on this in the next few months.Β 

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Avg. rating: 4.55

This is my friend’s favorite book of all time, and I feel obligated to read all of my friends’ favorites books for a bunch of reasons, but mostly because I just love to share favorites! This is another gigantic book that I’m honestly nervous I’m not going to like simply because I’m not a huge fantasy fan. But this has shown up on some many recommendation lists so I definitely have to get around to it at some point this year!

The Heart's Invisible FuriesThe Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Avg. rating: 4.47

This was my Book of the Month pick when it first came out, but I’ve been putting off reading this one because of it’s sheer massive size. Apparently it’s well loved so I guess I need to set aside a long weekend to dedicate to reading it.

Wonder (Wonder, #1)Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Avg. rating: 4.45

I feel like everyone has heard about this book and I know I’ll probably finish it in a weekend. I honestly have no excuse why I haven’t read it yet, except one of my teacher friends who I trust a lot said she was disappointed with it, so maybe I’ve been subconsciously putting it off.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand by Makoto Inoue
Avg. rating: 4.43

I’ve had this light novel for so πŸ‘Β longΒ πŸ‘Β probably since I was in high school! I’ve done so many unhauls since then and for some reason I’ve been holding onto it, so I definitely need to prioritize this book this year! (Maybe I’ll read it before starting to reread the manga?)

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
Avg. rating: 4.43

I just bought this last month after another book I was reading (and loved and am now obsessed with) mentioned this book as a reference so I already was prioritizing this high on my TBR so I’m glad it’s justified!


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Avg. rating: 4.42

This is another book I recently bought at a used book sale and specifically bought it because I know it’s come highly recommended. This will probably be a denser read but I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, so I’m glad I’m justified for buying a copy!

Margaret Goes ModernMargaret Goes Modern by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Avg. rating: 4.41

I actually won this in a Goodreads giveaway and it’s literally probably about 150 pages and another book I could finish in a weekend!! I honestly can’t believe a book that’s all about knitting is this high up on my list but I guess people know what they like!

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About RaceWhy I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Avg. rating: 4.41

I bought this book early in 2018 but never got around to reading it. I’ve been on a nonfiction cultural theory kick recently, so maybe this will be a new one I pick up after I finish the ones I’m currently reading.

The Nowhere Girls

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
Avg. rating: 4.38

I bought this in the final days of 2017 at an indie bookstore around the corner from my office after hearing RAVE reviews about it, but I haven’t had the opportunity to pick it up. Honestly this sounds right up my alley and I know I’m going to like it.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing WorldThe Book of Joy by Dalai Lama XIV and Desmond Tutu
Avg. rating: 4.37

So I read The Art of Happiness this year and it wasn’t my favorite thing I ever read. However, one of my yoga teachers would read passages from this book to start our classes and I loved the quotes she would read, which is one of the reasons why I bought it to begin with.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Avg. rating: 4.37

I’ve heard SO many amazing things about this duology but it’s GIGANTIC and what if I don’t like it??? I don’t want to be disappointed but I honestly don’t even know what this is about, I’ve just heard that it was incredible.

A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Avg. rating: 4.37

This was another recent purchase that I’m surprised to see on here. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book but I didn’t know it was this well received!

The Plays of Oscar Wilde

The Plays of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde
Avg. rating: 4.37

I bought this wayyyyy back in high school when I was trying to be literary and just never had the motivation to read it. Since going to college and reading other works by Wilde, I’ve realized that I genuinely enjoy his writing, so I’m eager to pick this up! I love reading plays but I don’t read them that frequently, so I’ll be excited if I get the chance to read it this year.

East of EdenEast of Eden by John Steinbeck
Avg. rating: 4.36

John Steinbeck is one of my favorite classic American authors, and I tried to read it this past fall, but the time just wasn’t really right. Hopefully I’ll set aside some time this year to read this, because this is also a longer novel.

A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, #1)

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Avg. rating: 4.35

I really do want to read this book but I bought this after my dog died because I thought it would help, however I ended up avoiding it like the plague. I’m at a better place now and I have a sweet pup whom I love so maybe I’ll be able to read it without dehydrating myself with tears!

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Avg. rating: 4.35

This is another book I’ve had on my physical bookshelf for so long, but I decided to bite the bullet and I included it on my TBR for January! I’ve been so excited to read this since I read The Kite Runner back in high school and I loved it, but I haven’t read anything else by him.

We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama

We are the Change We Seek ed. by E.J. Dionne Jr. and Joy-Ann Reid
Avg. rating: 4.34

I bought this on a complete whim after I was ~politically stressed~ one day, but maybe I’ll prioritize reading this in February for President’s Day! I’m not surprised at all that this has such a high rating.

I made myself a handy graphic to keep track of the books I read because I love physically crossing things off!

Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? Which ones should I try to read first?


6 thoughts on “21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)

  1. I really loved Wonder and strange the dreamer- but I hear you about putting books off that are so highly rated- I was really nervous about both of these! (but I needn’t have worried, if that helps πŸ˜‰ )

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