Top 5 Tuesday #36: Popular Books on My TBR

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 popular books I haven’t yet read

I organized my Goodreads TBR by number of ratings to determine which are the most popular. Of those with the highest number of ratings, I haven’t yet read these:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I doubt I’ll ever read it, now that I think about it. I should remove it from my TBR, which reminds me that I should do a Down the TBR Hole post soon.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The hype surrounding this book makes me really curious. It’s possible that I might start on it this year.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is a placeholder for all of Adichie’s books. Seriously, why haven’t I read her work yet? Smh.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I keep debating whether or not I really want to read this one. Many people like it, but it doesn’t appeal to me as much.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’m still curious about this and would like to read it, so it’ll stay on my TBR a while longer.

That’s it for me.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

30 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #36: Popular Books on My TBR

  1. I love Neil but for some reason I bounced right off of American Gods like three pages in the first time I tried to read it. I keep meaning to go back and try it again because I do still have it in my TBR.

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  2. Everyone I know who is close to me didn’t enjoy The Girl on the Train hahaha I have read American Gods and it has awesome ideas but it’s a long ride that could kill a bit of its appeal. Ready Player One was a lot of fun, especially if you are looking for a nice throwback, trip down memory lane, when it comes to geeky stuff. 😉 The movie was a lame adaptation for me though… I too need to check out The Book Thief though hahaha I saw the movie first a very long time ago but I hear the book is much, much, much more emotional. 😮

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  3. I really like Neil Gaiman, but I didn’t finish American Gods. I think his shorter books are better, even though I like long books in general.

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  4. Oh my – I’ve read all of these! Americanah is phenomenal, as is Ready Player One. And Book Thief is lovely – definitely meets the hype. I thought Girl on the Train was good, but not earth-shattering. And American Gods is epic, but definitely not for the faint of heart.

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  5. I’ve read a few of these. The Book Thief really is brilliant — I’d say make it a priority. The Girl on the Train is totally skippable. And while I’m a Gaiman fan, I didn’t actually like American Gods, which puts me in the minority for sure! I still haven’t read Ready Player One, even though people have been recommending it for years. Maybe I should just watch the movie instead?


    1. Lol, thanks for the recommendation. I’ll move up the Book Thief on my TBR. I’m thinking to also just watch the Ready Player One movie instead of read the book.


  6. The first list where I actually read the majority of books! 😀

    «The Girl on the Train» I absolutely loved. I read it in one evening, just couldn’t put it down!

    The same with «Ready Player One», I should actually re-read it soon. 🙂

    Unfortunately, I didn’t care for «The Book Thief». The story is very important and… sad, but I didn’t like it.

    And! I’m now reading «Americanah»! Only a few chapters in, but really enjoying it.

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  7. Americanah is excellent, and I also recommend The Book Thief. I have American Gods at home and would really like to read it. I’ll echo Ola G in that Ready Player One is a fun read but not particularly meaningful.


  8. I quite enjoyed American Gods – as usual with Gaiman, the ideas were brilliant, the execution – not so much, and the ending – meh 😉
    Ready Player One is a fun book, but don’t expect any revelations – it’s basically a nice trip down the memory lane for the people born in 1970s and early 1980s.
    The Girl on the Train doesn’t seem like a book for me, but I want to read Zusak 🙂


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