The 20 Top Books Goodreads Members Are Reading Now

Posted by Cybil on April 27, 2020
Our collective definition of FOMO may have changed recently, but—somehow—it’s still easy to feel like you’re missing out while sheltering in place. Especially when it comes to what everyone’s reading. Luckily, we dug into our data to make sure you know exactly what your fellow readers are up to.

Below you'll find those books ranked according to popularity. You can see that there's plenty of representation from recent Reese Witherspoon bookclub picks, including Untamed, Such a Fun Age, The Giver of Stars, and Daisy Jones and the Six, as well as the book that she currently stars in the adaptation of, Little Fires Everywhere.

And would it even be a 'most read on Goodreads' list without Harry Potter in the mix, along with long-time reader favorites Where the Crawdads Sing, Becoming, and Educated? We think not!

As always, be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf. And happy reading!
 

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Which of these top 20 books would you recommend to your fellow readers? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Book (new)

Book Buzzed Those are some really good titles.


message 2: by Brian (new)

Brian Dobbs I am Brian Dobbs, author of all the other books you list but I am NOT the author of the Ghosts of Haileybury. please remove this from my listing as it will give a completely erroneous idea of my interests and background.


message 3: by Bill (new)

Bill Sorensen I have read alot of these and some are amazing...Where the Crawdads Sing is absolutely worth your time and the hype is spot on..Circe was amazing if you´re in the mood for something different and enjoy fantasy...American Dirt is the most intense book I´ve ever read, not a relaxing read...Such a Fun Age was wonderful, funny and surprising and Little Fires Everywhere was an absolute favorite of mine....Happy reading!!


message 4: by Natalie (new)

Natalie H. Harry Potter fan all the way.


message 5: by Eule (new)

Eule Luftschloss Brian wrote: "I am Brian Dobbs, author of all the other books you list but I am NOT the author of the Ghosts of Haileybury. please remove this from my listing as it will give a completely erroneous idea of my in..."

You won't get far with a comment under a random blog entry.
The the librarian group.


message 6: by Zohal (new)

Zohal The ones I have read from this list have all been amazing :)


message 7: by Catriona (new)

Catriona I absolutely loved Circe by Madeline Miller! This was one of the best books I read in 2019.
Miller delves into the mythological world and reforms Circe's character from the traditional depiction of a villainous enchantress, to present a strong and independent heroine. In this modern era of feminism and female-empowerment, Miller’s spellbinding novel is a must-read.
Read my full review: https://catrionamactaggart.com/circe-...
Circe by Madeline Miller
For something similar try The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker


message 8: by Eloise (new)

Eloise Brian wrote: "I am Brian Dobbs, author of all the other books you list but I am NOT the author of the Ghosts of Haileybury. please remove this from my listing as it will give a completely erroneous idea of my in..."

Try contacting them directly
https://www.goodreads.com/about/conta...


message 9: by Jean (new)

Jean I don't know if I am the best person to comment since I have only read Harry Potter from this list. But I would definitely recommend it to anyone.


message 10: by TMR (new)

TMR Love this collection.


message 11: by Genevieve (last edited Apr 27, 2020 08:12AM) (new)

Genevieve Yeah, great books!


message 12: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Sean I read Becoming and Such A Fun Age. Educated is on my TBR list.


message 13: by Amilia (new)

Amilia Wow that was great


message 14: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Some very good titles here! I read some and they were all amazing reads.
Circe, Eleanor Oliphant and Where the Crawdads Sing should be in everyone TBR ^_^


message 15: by Jen (new)

Jen Anesi-Brombach Great list! I've read 9 of these and liked them all 👍


message 16: by ilbooks❤ (new)

ilbooks❤ I've read a few from here and I loved them.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling
Educated by Tara Westover
Becoming by Michelle Obama

Those are the ones I've read and a bunch of the books on here are on my TBR.


message 17: by Book.sona (new)

Book.sona Untamed!!!! The Giver of Stars!!! My faves of the year so far


message 18: by Nastaran (new)

Nastaran Actually, almost all of these books are marked either read or want-to-read on my list!


message 19: by Kamil (new)

Kamil Burgazlı atwood'unki dışında rezalet kitaplar gerçekten, okuyanları tebrik ederim.


message 20: by Gurjari (new)

Gurjari Dubey I really loved Where the crawdads sing. It deserves to be on the top


Virginja ↢ 99% imp Always promoting well known titles... what about some indie authors or low profile books??? I’m tired of seeing always the same old things I already know about!


message 22: by Julio (new)

Julio Bonilla I have never, ever read Harry Potter!


message 23: by Britney (new)

Britney Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is fantastic! I laughed (a lot) and cried. Eleanor is such a flawed yet lovable character.


Borders Are Global Apartheid Only got me with HP, woohoo!


message 25: by Amogh (new)

Amogh Thakur Wow .. almost all the books here are by female authors .. just a fun fact .. not generalizing .. Hats off !! More power to everyone.


message 26: by Amber J (new)

Amber J Harry Potter and Red, White, and Royal Blue are GREAT books. Love them, 5 stars from me. The Silent Patient was pretty good. 4 stars from me and I'm not a big thriller/mystery fan. Thats all I've read so far. :)


message 27: by Nollie (new)

Nollie Becoming by Michelle Obama is probably my favorite off the list!


message 28: by Vladimir (new)

Vladimir Lenin Harry Potter definitely.
Eleanor Oliphant is also really good, so hilarious.


message 29: by Laura (new)

Laura I’ve read many of these. The Dutch House is among my favorites


message 30: by Ann (new)

Ann Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks is the perfect book to read during Spring 2020.


message 31: by Chris (new)

Chris Everson The list seems skewed towards female authors and readers to me. If the opposite were true there'd be shouts of sexism. I'm not saying that. I suppose the majority of goodreads members must be female. If not then... what about the males?


message 32: by Solange (new)

Solange Guillen Great titles indeed! Looking forward to reading Eleanor Oliphant, Circe, and Untamed.


message 33: by Hazel Bee (new)

Hazel Bee read six of them


Psychowellnesscenter No wonder Harry Potter is on the list. All time fav:)


message 35: by Berat (new)

Berat kesinlikle Harry Potter harika


message 36: by Alric (last edited May 02, 2020 12:30PM) (new)

Alric Eule wrote: "Brian wrote: "I am Brian Dobbs, author of all the other books you list but I am NOT the author of the Ghosts of Haileybury. please remove this from my listing as it will give a completely erroneous..."

I know, right? I mean, none of his books are listed among those twenty, and when I did a search for his name, I didn't see listed the book he's concerned about. However, if you enter the title Ghosts of Haileybury, it does list Brian Dobbs as the author. He'll have to take this up with Amazon, because the information from this site comes from Amazon's catalogue. I know this because the book I'm currently reading, The Young Lions, is listed as having 696 pages. It has that same error at Amazon. The actual page count is is 662.

I think Brian Dobbs is old, at least in his 60s, and doesn't understand how sites like this work. The books listed under his name had only one printed edition, going all the way back to the 1970s. And the title he's concerned about was printed in 1997, by Highway Book Shop. It's probably a coincidence that the author has the same name, so nothing can be done about this.

But, yeah, a comment stuck randomly on a random blog? He must be totally lost.


message 37: by Woeffi (new)

Woeffi Circe is crazy good. READ IT :D !!!


message 38: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Chris wrote: "The list seems skewed towards female authors and readers to me. If the opposite were true there'd be shouts of sexism. I'm not saying that. I suppose the majority of goodreads members must be femal..."

This is a joke comment....right?


message 39: by Katherine (last edited May 02, 2020 04:12PM) (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez I'd recommend Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Silent Patient. I've reviewed and taken part in the blog tour for In Five Years on my blog: https://justkatherineblog.wordpress.c... as well as Daisy Jones & The Six https://justkatherineblog.wordpress.c...

Both are recommended, too.


message 40: by Helen (new)

Helen Virginja ↢ 99% imp wrote: "Always promoting well known titles... what about some indie authors or low profile books??? I’m tired of seeing always the same old things I already know about!"

This is the list of the top books that members are reading. You could try one of the other lists that they post.


message 41: by Esther (new)

Esther How do you read a book?


message 42: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Obviously Harry Potter is in this list, though it deserves #1


message 43: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Sarah J. Mass also deserves to be on this list, her books are just amazing, she earned it.


message 45: by Genevieve (new)

Genevieve Jae wrote: "If you want a cute and funny queer story I can't recommend Red,White,and Royal Blue enough. It's so good! The characters are hilarious and the story is heart warming and ahhh please just read it 🙏"

I agree with all my being!


message 46: by Jordan (new)

Jordan I have read some of these and have a few on my “want to read list”. Where The Crawdads Sing, Silent Patient, and Little Fires Everywhere were great reads and I would recommend! I am currently reading normal people, and plan to read untamed or educated next!


message 47: by Jasmine (last edited May 05, 2020 07:01AM) (new)

Jasmine Davis I have read two of the 20 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood . i throughly enjoyed both. All of the other books are on my TBR list. Looking forward to reading all of them by the end of the year :)

BTW: I am a HUGE fan of Reese Witherspoon!!!


message 48: by Jane (new)

Jane I you haven't discovered Louise Penny, a Canadian author, you should. Each book stands alone, but the optimum way to read is from the first one "Still Life" through to the finish. She is wonderful and has gotten amazing better with her character development.


message 49: by Kate (new)

Kate Eule wrote: "Brian wrote: "I am Brian Dobbs, author of all the other books you list but I am NOT the author of the Ghosts of Haileybury. please remove this from my listing as it will give a completely erroneous..."

Brian, maybe for "immediate relief"-- while you are seeking a way to connect with GR's management team, you could update your own page to include a disclaimer that you are "not THAT guy"? True enough that pursuing systemic difficulties isn't most successfully pursued in a coversational forum. Good luck!


message 50: by Andy48 (new)

Andy48 Chris wrote: "The list seems skewed towards female authors and readers to me. If the opposite were true there'd be shouts of sexism. I'm not saying that. I suppose the majority of goodreads members must be femal..."
Agree. I've been noticing this for quite some time, and this latest list just confirms the trend (one, perhaps, male author in the entire list). Nothing wrong with it, but I've started going elsewhere for recommended reading.


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