It is time to revisit the weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we’ll be sharing 10 of our most recent 5-star reads. Since I just started actively reading Goodreads about 6 months ago, and rarely sat down to give books a star rating before that, I’ll just be listing my very most recent 5-star reads (with one exception, but we’re getting there). I’ll be starting with the most recent and moving backward in time.
- Pretty Girl-13 (Liz Coley) – I really enjoyed this book; a review is coming so I don’t want to give too much detail right now. Ultimately, this is about self-acceptance and the way we choose to confront our issues, and I thought it was really fantastic.
- Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do About It (Kate Harding) – I have reviewed this book already on this blog (here), but again, I really appreciated that this book gave me some vocabulary to illustrate the points I’ve been trying to make over the years.
- Steadfast [Spellcaster #2] (Claudia Gray) – As you can see, this is the 2nd book in a trilogy, so I won’t go too far into detail. I loved the whole trilogy, but this book was such a great “book 2 of 3,” which can be difficult to do, and I really loved how the bonds between people were explored in this book in particular. (The third was amazing in this regard too, but a very few points were shaven off for the ending, which wasn’t what I was expecting.)
- Necessary Lies (Diane Chamberlain) – I have also reviewed this book (here), but I just loved the realistic way that the story was told, and the questions I had to ponder while reading. I really enjoyed this one.
- The Vault of Dreamers (Caragh M. O’Brien) – Sometimes I’m still surprised that I gave this book 5 stars. It’s not that it isn’t good, but I am often still hard-pressed to explain WHY I love this book so much. I think it caught me at the right time, and provoked me to think about concepts I never really had before.
- The Wednesday Group (Sylvia True) – I really liked this book as well, and it is the first that I reviewed on my BookTube channel (here), meaning it was a long and somewhat awkward video, haha. But I really enjoyed this; it is ultimately about addiction, love, lies, and self-discovery, and I thought it was really well done (but with a kind of open ending – fair warning if you aren’t into that kind of thing).
- Sloth [Sinful Secrets #1] (Ella James) – I really enjoyed this. It has its sex-heavy parts, but I thought the plot was also really engaging. I liked it even if it was a bit unbelievable, and am really happy that I read it. There is a lot to spoil, so I don’t want to say much about the plot, AND I just heard that this is the first in a series, so I need to see if the next book is out!
- Red Rising Trilogy (Pierce Brown) – Technically, I read the last book in this trilogy pretty recently, but I decided to wrap all of these together toward the end since I’ve also reviewed this series in this blog (here), and I gave all 3 book a 5-star rating.
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Brene Brown) – I really love this book; it put into words so many of my feelings, and helped me to see the power that lies in vulnerability. I think back to this book in so many aspects of my life, and am so happy that I decided to pick it up when I did.
- Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) – This is a pretty popular book, so I won’t say too much, but I really related to the main character, and was invested in all of them (so much so that I wanted a little more from a few of them). I really like the way the story unfolded, and all of the feelings I had while reading it.
Well y’all, those were my most recent 5-star reads! Let me know if you’ve read any of these, or any of your thoughts. I really enjoy the conversations I get to have on my TTT posts (and others’), so let me know what you think! I will catch you all in the nest post!