Top 5 Wednesday: Highest Rated on Your TBR

I was actually very curious to see what the highest rated books on my TBR were, but unfortunately Goodreads won’t allow me to sort my list! For weeks it’s been giving me a notification that reordering is disabled for long lists, but I didn’t really believe it since I have been able to sort my list by release date, date added, etc. throughout that time. When I tried to sort by average rating, however, it did not work at all. It seemed to just give me the books in a random order. I have just over 5000 books in total on my TBR list so I guess it’s no surprise that it would be hard to sort so many, but it confuses me that it can manage sorting by other categories. Even though the Top 5 Wednesday group has offered an alternative topic (books over 400 pages), I decided to use a bit of a workaround and search my list myself for some books that have high ratings. I limited myself to books released in 2022, just because I didn’t have the patience to filter through over 200 pages of 20 books each, and picked out several books that had a very high average rating on Goodreads based on what I subjectively felt was a decent number of ratings. There are many books that have a high average rating when only a handful of people have rated them, but it seemed a bit inaccurate to include those. I wouldn’t be surprised if several of the books that I ended up picking would have been the highest average ratings if my list could be sorted properly, although I’d imagine that some big-name books (ie. Cassandra Clare’s latest series) are missing just because they were published outside of 2022. I’ve listed them below in order from highest average to lowest, and I’ve included more than 5!

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber (4.57 avg, based on 38,718 ratings)

2) All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir (4.57 avg, based on 20,182 ratings)

3) Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover (4.47 avg, based on 728,890 ratings)

4) Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt (4.47 avg, based on 99,159 ratings)

5) Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn (4.47 avg, based on 16,703 ratings)

6) I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (4.44 avg, based on 39.638 ratings)

7) Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (4.38 avg, based on 81,475 ratings)

8) Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (4.37 avg, based on 316,779 ratings)

9) Babel by R.F. Kuang (4.35 avg, based on 52,540 ratings)

10) Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (4.33 avg, based on 164,355 ratings)

11) The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn (4.31 avg, based on 71,748 ratings)

12) Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid (4.26 avg, based on 190,815 ratings)

13) Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher (4.24 avg, based on 23,289 ratings)

14) Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan (4.22 avg, based on 80,841 ratings)

15) The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik (4.22 avg, based on 35,080 ratings)


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