Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent Five Star Reads

Guys, I have only given out 59 five star reviews in the past six years of blogging. That's not many. So, a book has to really wow me in order to receive the full five stars. Here's the last ten books I read that earned the "five star" label.



1.  Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - Oh, this book. The heartbreak. It gutted me, but it's such an important and powerful read; it shouldn't be missed. So far, it's my favorite book of 2016. 


2.  A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - I LOVED this Beauty and the Beast retelling. 


3.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer - At first, I wasn't sure about a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella, but I thoroughly loved this story. I wish I read it sooner!


4.  The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams - Williams writes such fantastic historical novels and this one is one of my favorites.


5.  The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord - Very quickly Lord became one of my favorite contemporary authors. If you love YA contemporary fiction, you must check her out.


6.  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - This book had me ugly crying for days. Wow. Who knew Hannah could write such powerful historical fiction?


7.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - I love this series! Maas has made me a fan of hers for life.


8.  To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - It's Jenny Han...you can't go wrong!


9.  Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan - I wonder why more people don't talk about this novel? I thought it was smart, quirky, and funny.  One of my favorites for sure.


10.  Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)  by Tahreh Mafi - I really enjoyed this series. Mafi has such a unique writing style; I loved it!


So what were some of your latest and greatest reads? Let me know in the comments below.  
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25 comments:

  1. Salt to the Sea was definitely a 5 star book for me too. So was The Nightingale. Both books are so powerful and emotional. Cinder and The Start of Me and You were also 5 star reads.

    I think I was more lenient with giving out 5 stars in the early days of blogging than I am now!

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    1. I'm glad you agree, Christina! I agree..I think I was more lenient in the early days as well. I haven't given out many five starts lately. Hoping to be "wowed" soon though. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Great list! I loved Throne of Glass and Cinder. I NEED Salt to the Sea, everyone is raving about that book. I have A Court of Thorns and Roses and the whole Shatter Me series just sitting on my bookshelf. I need to get to it.

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    1. I hope you can read both ACoTaR soon and the Shatter Me series is really good! Thanks for visiting, Karen!

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  3. I'm stingy with the 5-star ratings too. I also gave Nightingale 5-stars, and am looking forward to reading "Secret Life of Violet Grant". My 5-star book list includes:
    * All the Light We Cannot See - Doerr
    * A Soldier of the Great War - Helprin
    * The Girl You Left Behind - Moyes
    * The Lake House - Morton
    * The Secret Keeper - Morton
    * Time and Again - Finney
    * A Rule Against Murder - Penny (my favorite of the series)
    * 11/22/63 - King
    * Big Little Lies - Moriarty

    I had never heard of Salt to the Sea, but will definitely read this one!

    Thanks,
    Adrienne

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    1. I loved the Secret Keeper and I hope to read Big Little Lies soon....you've got a great list here, Adrienne. I hope you get tor read Salt to the Sea soon...it's powerful! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. I've got Salt to the Sea on queue, so I'm looking forward to reading that asap. :)

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    1. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it, Joy. Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. Ruta Sepetys never ceases to amaze me with her writing ability. I love that her books are on so many peoples Top Ten.

    Here is my TTT: http://readingwithwrin.blogspot.com/2016/03/my-most-recent-5-and-1-star-reads-top.html

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    1. Me too. She's such a great writer. Thanks for visiting, Erin.

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  6. Ignite me was great and I really have to try Cinder ! Great list :)
    Here's my TTT : http://vibrationlitteraire.com/2016/03/29/top-ten-tuesday-12-10-derniers-coups-de-coeur/
    (Yeah, i'm french. But the books are still the same ! :) )

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    1. I hope you read Cinder soon. I was late to the game, but totally regret not reading it sooner. Thanks for visiting, Mayumi.

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  7. Great list!! I just finished reading Scarlet last week and plan on working my way through the rest of the series this spring. I already purchased Throne of Glass and plan on reading that series next.

    My TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2016/03/top-ten-tuesday-my-most-recent-5-star.html

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    1. I hope to work my way through the series as well. Just finished Scarlet earlier this year...hopefully I will find time to start Cress soon. It's such a great series! Thanks for visiting, Jacque!

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  8. Salt to the Sea is on my tbr list. Also, The Secret Life of Violet Grant. I wasn't that impressed with To All the Boys I Loved Before. I thought her voice sounded really young.

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    1. I think you'll love both adult fiction books. Sorry to hear you weren't a fan of To All the Boys. I am obsessed with Jenny Han, so I pretty much love anything she writes. Thanks for visiting, Jennifer!

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  9. Of course I'm familiar with most of these but didn't like them as much as you did, Cinder and Ignite Me weren't really my cup of tea. Super excited to try out ACOTAR though, so many friends have recommended it to me and I haven't read Throne of Glass either. Definitely want to give SJM a try soon!
    Here's my TTT about popular books I rated 1 star

    - Jen from The Bookavid

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    1. You can't go wrong with Sarah J. Maas. She's an awesome writer if you enjoy YA fantasy. Thanks for visiting, Jen!

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  10. Nice list! I've read and loved so many of them, but I especially love the Sarah J. Maas books, the Shatter Me trilogy adn the Lunar Chronicles!
    My TTT: http://www.lindseyh.be/2016/03/29/top-ten-tuesday-ten-of-my-most-recent-5-star-reads/

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    1. I'm glad you agree, Lindsey. I love those series as well. I need to get caught up with the Lunar Chronicles! Thanks for visiting!

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  11. I still need to read The Nightingale, Christina!!

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    1. Ohhh! It's so good, Tara! I hope you can read it soon. Thanks for dropping by.

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  12. Really need to read a few of these on here. I really loved The Start of Me and You & Cinder. Throne of Glass was ok for me, but I will still continue on with the series. I really didn't enjoy To All The Boys I've Loved Before though. :/ Think I'm going to get to Salt to the Sea here soon!

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    1. Sorry to hear you didn't like To All the Boys. You can't go wrong with Salt to the Sea...hope you get to read it soon. Thanks for visiting, Britt.

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  13. So many awesome books on your list, these are ones I have either loved myself or am desperate to read. I am definitely going to be adding some of these to my already endless TBR, so thanks for the awesome recommendations!!! :) ACOTAR was amazing, I am so excited for A Court of Mist and Fury, that can't release quick enough. Here's my most recent five star reads, if you want to check them out :)

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