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 ๐ŸŒŸย 2019 TBRย ๐ŸŒŸย 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.ย  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.ย  Continue reading “21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)”


Manga Madness Readathon Announcement and TBR

Jade from Drink Coffee and Read Books is hosting the only readathon I need in my life right now: the Manga Madness Readathon.

I don’t talk about manga that much outside from my wrap-ups at the end of each month, but I’ve binged manga series since I was about 13 up until high school. I stopped reading manga in college for a while because of time constraints, and in the past two years or so I’ve started to gently wade back into regularly reading manga.

I’m so excited to participate in this readathon and I hope I’ll be able to crank out quite a few installments!

Manga Madness Readathon is running from November 5th through November 12th and has three different challenge options:

  • Complete at least one bingo from the bingo board challenges
  • Read whatever you want
  • Stick to one series

The rules are only to read as much manga as you can within the week, and to only count one volume per challenge (no double dipping!).

I’m a sucker for a good bingo board so of course I’ll be participating using the bingo challenges. Continue reading “Manga Madness Readathon Announcement and TBR”

March Reading Wrap-Up: What do you do when your dog eats your book?

  • Home Sweet Maison by Danielle Postel-Vinay
  • Yoga Mind by Suzane Colon
  • ย A Little Bit of Crystals by Cassandra Eason
  • A Little Big of Chakras by Chad Mercree
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1 Volumes 4, 5, 6 by Hiromu Arakawa
  • Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
  • Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman
  • Can’t Help Myself by Meredith Goldstein (ARC)
  • A Little Bit of Meditation by Amy Leigh Mercree
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Azumanga Daioh Omnibus by Kiyohiko Azuma
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  • Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
  • This is How I Save My Lifeย by Amy B. Scher (ARC)
  • Being a Dad is Weird by Ben Falcone


  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • In the Fall They Come Back by Robert Bausch
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sรกenz
  • Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
  • Train Man by Machiko Ocha and Hitori Nakano
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 1 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Room on Rue Amรฉlie by Kristin Harmel (ARC)
  • Bunny Drop vol. 1 by Yumi Unita
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  • What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart (ARC)
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver


I am currently writing this about four hours after my dog ate the cover off one of my paperbacks.

Now, I am constantly donating books in order to make room on my shelves. This was a book I was planning on keeping, but also knew I probably wouldn’t read again. After I noticed my ripped two-thirds of the cover, I tore the rest of it off, plus the first two pages in front of the title page. Now I just have a mangled paperback like the ones we used to recycle at Barnes and Noble.

(The first time I found out that we recycled books at Barnes and Noble I almost had a conniption. WHY?)

So like, what do I do? Do I keep the book on my shelf without a cover? Should I recycle it because I’m never going to read it again anyway? I don’t feel like I can give it away like this. Continue reading “March Reading Wrap-Up: What do you do when your dog eats your book?”

Books I’m Saving For My (Potential) Children

(Is it cheating that I basically had this post made already on the List App?)


I tackled the daunting task of cleaning out my bookshelf about a month ago. Underneath my bookshelf is a chest of books I kind of forgot about (out of sight, out of mind). I piled in some books I want to keep for any children I might potentially have or might potentially develop a connection to later on in my life because these books had a big impact on me. And it’s my selfish desire to make sure that every child has the same selfish relationship to my favorite books as I do.

Books I'm Saving For My Children Continue reading “Books I’m Saving For My (Potential) Children”