Known for its recommendation format and reading community, Goodreads has become a literary authority in its own right, with a myriad of users pitching in. Here are the Top 10 Books on Goodreads, all voted for by readers:
Top 10 Books on Goodreads
1. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Anderson
Words of Radiance is the second book in Anderson’s fantasy series The Stormlight Archive. The book and the series as a whole promise to satisfy readers of fantasy epics with sprawling landscapes and a wide cast of characters and conflict. Each book in The Stormlight Archive has a different character focus, with Words of Radiance’s principle character being the troubled scholar Shallan Davar.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowlings
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the final book in the renowned Harry Potter series. In this book, plots are tied together in the final confrontation between Harry and infamous antagonist Voldemort. As the culmination of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows leads to much awaited romances and a slice of life epilogue for fans of the series and characters.
3. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Burdugo
Crooked Kingdom, the second book in Burdugo’s young adult fantasy series Six of Crows, picks up right where the first book left off, with the central characters in dire circumstances having just pulled off an unimaginable heist. The series has gratified fans with its unique cast of characters and fantasy world, also becoming a nominee for the 2016 Goodreads Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction award.
4. The Return of The King (Lord of The Kings #3) by J.R.R Tolkein
The Return of The King, the final book in J.R.R. Tolkien’s much celebrated and loved series Lord of The Kings, invites the reader to rejoin Frodo in Middle Earth as he struggles against the rise of the Dark Lord. The novel brings to a close to the saga, and like other works of Tolkein, uses fantasy to explore the human condition. In this novel and series, the reader will find a masterful adventure and fantasy epic.
5. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
In A Court of Mist and Fury, Maas extends upon the characters and world first introduced in her book A Court of Thorns and Roses. In this novel, protagonist Feyre is forced to come to terms with new powers and dark politics as she struggles with the looming future. The series has been celebrated for its masterful and seductive storytelling, winning the Goodreads Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Award in 2016.
6. The Houses of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
In the second to last book of Rick Riodan’s iconic Heroes Of Olympus series, Percy Jackson and his fellow demigods must battle seemingly impossible odds to triumph over the bloodthirsty Gaea who will soon rise to power. Perfect for fans of Greek mythology and fantasy series, The House of Hades won the Goodreads Best Middle Grade and Children’s Award in 2013.
7. Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1) by Rebecca Yarros
The first book of Yarros’ series invites readers into a world of dragon riders and the life of Violet Sorrengail. Forced to compete for the place of an elite dragon rider despite her slight frame and scholarly interests, Violet must overcome incredible odds and the ruthlessness of her peers. Encompassing complex relationships, a deadly war, and suspicious of corruption, Yarros’ novel promises an enticing and memorable read.
8. The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man’s Fear continues a Homer-esque Odyssey surrounding Kvothe, a daring protagonist whose story travels through a world of compelling turns of fate and fantastic, dangerous creatures. Nominated for the Goodreads Favorite Book of 2011, and the 2011 Goodreads Best Fantasy Award, with author Rothfuss nominated for the 2011 Best Goodreads Author Award, the novel promises to interest and satisfy.
9. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas
In the last book of the Throne of Glass series, Kingdom of Ash finds Aelin Galathynius captured and withstanding months of torture. In her absence, relationships are forever changed as connections are severed or deepened. As Aelin struggles to maintain her resolve against antagonist Maeve, all fight for salvation and hope. The novel won the Goodreads Best Young Adult and Fantasy Award in 2018.
10. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Cataloging his father’s experience in the Holocaust through analogy and comic book design, Spiegelman uses art and family connection to portray not only a fragile paternal relationship, but also the hardships and scale of war and its consequences. Intimate and searing, Maus brings a new dimension to the classic graphic novel, illustrating and breaking down the atrocities of war by interweaving art, personal experience, and history.
These are the ten highest rated books on Goodreads. The list is changing and some of the books here might not be in the top ten in a couple of months. But for now, these ten books have the right to claim the title as the ten best rated books on Goodreads!