After reflecting on my 2019 reading habits, my main reading goal this year is to read more higher rated books. I browsed through my bookshelf and pulled the 5 highest rated books on Goodreads.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
This is a super popular non-fiction with a Goodreads rating of 4.44. It’s basically what it says – a history of Homo sapiens. I’m not huge on non-fiction which is why I haven’t picked it up yet, but there’s a lot of hype for this one.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
A thick classic (600+ pages, published in 1952) with a Goodreads rating of 4.37. I’m honestly not sure what this book is about, but I know it has two families whose stories intertwine which is something I tend to enjoy. It’s an allegory about a biblical story though so I’ve been hesitant to pick it up. We’ll see how I like it.
The Physician by Noah Gordon
Another 4.37 rated book. This is the one I’m most excited to read. It’s a historical fiction set in the eleventh century about (obviously) a boy who becomes a physician. This was recommended to me because The Pillars of the Earth is my favourite novel of all time, and it’s supposed to be similar. Despite the length (765 pages) I look forward to reading this one.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
This one’s a new addition to my shelves. I found it at a library sale and was happy to buy it because I’ve heard lots of good things. It’s another historical fiction, this one set in China with a rating of 4.24 stars. It’s about a tea farming family who are moving on from ancient traditions and into the modern world. Sounds promising!
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Everyone knows about Outlander – it’s now a popular TV series that’s been compared to Game of Thrones. The book is part historical fiction, part sci-fi, part romance. I think I’ll like it but it’s the start of a long series so I’ll have to be prepared to jump on a multi-novel train. Goodreads rating 4.23.
Ideally I’ll read all five of these by the end of 2020. Maybe I’ll find a new favourite book! Have you read any of these? Which one do you think I should pick up first?