With more than 80 million members who’ve rated more than 2.3 billion—yes, billion—books, Goodreads has become the go-to source for reading recommendations. No matter what the genre or topic, if you’re looking for suggestions on what book to pick up next, you might want to consider these highly rated fan favorites.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Not surprisingly, the seven novels in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series take up the top spots among the best-rated books on Goodreads.com. Fittingly, the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which introduces us to Harry, his Muggle relatives, and his beginnings at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is the highest-rated book on the site: It has earned a 4.46-star rating (out of 5), the average of its 5.5 million (yes, million) ratings. Additional novels in the series have ratings of 4.35 and up, with an average of 2 million reviews.
The Hunger Games
Consistently ranked neck-and-neck with the Harry Potter novels, Suzanne Collins’ 2008 young adult novel—the first in the dystopian Hunger Games trilogy—has more than 5.5 million ratings on Goodreads, with an average rating of 4.3. The book introduces us to hero Katniss Everdeen, who leads a rebellion against the rulers of the post-apocalyptic country of Panem, where children are selected annually to participate in a televised, fight-to-the death battle called the Hunger Games. Fans of the book call it everything from “breathless” to “brutal” (in a good way, of course). Find out more young adult novels grown-ups secretly love.
The Book Thief
Set in Germany from 1939 to 1943, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, who uses storytelling and the power of the written word to help her family escape the horrors of the Nazi regime. With a 4.36 average from approximately 1.4 million ratings, Markus Zusak’s 2006 bestselling historical novel remains one of the highest-rated books on Goodreads.