Top Ten / Most Recent Five-Star Reads

Top Ten / Most Recent 5* Reads
It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday and this week we’re talking about our most recent five-star books. I rarely give out five-star ratings; a four-star rating from me is great, meaning “I really enjoyed this book. It wouldn’t have had many things, if any, that I didn’t like, so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it”. They make up most of the books I read, but some books I just have to give the full rating: “I really loved this book and it’s now one of my favourites. It’s memorable and would have had a strong impact on me”. Here’s my latest ten!

When We Collided by Emery Lord
I finished When We Collided earlier this month and it’s one of my favourite books of the year so far: beautifully written, honest, and incredibly sweet. Plus Jonah isn’t too bad either!

El Deafo by Cece Bell
A stunning graphic novel about a smart little girl struggling to navigate the world of school and friends after an illness makes her lose her hearing. It’s poignant and charming, one of the best graphic novels I’ve read.

One (Audiobook) by Sarah Crossan & narrated by Stephanie Cannon
I thought the audiobook version of One was beautifully done. As the story is written in verse, I wasn’t sure how it would work, but it was just as emotional the second time.

All That Glitters by Holly Smale
I adore the Geek Girl series and All That Glitters didn’t let me down. It’s always great to be back in Harriet’s wacky world. I’ll soon be picking up the next book, Head Over Heels, and I cannot wait!

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell & illustrated by Gelrev Ongbico
The Wolf Wilder is a beautiful story about one girl’s treacherous adventure through dangerous, snowy Russia to save her mother – a stunning book, inside and out.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as part of the 2015 Classics Challenge and it has become a firm favourite. An unforgettable tale of family and growing up.

Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell & illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a lovely children’s story about friendship, cats and celebrating a love of music. It’s beautifully illustrated and a pure delight.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything is up there with my favourite young adult contemporary novels; a brilliant story about one girl’s determination to be herself. (Plus pizza).

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I had an excellent run of young adult contemporary in 2015. Since You’ve Been Gone is perfect, especially as it isn’t all about the romance. I have The Unexpected Everything is sitting on my TBR and I’m sure it’ll be another five-star read.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
One of my favourite boys in YA contemporary fiction is Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss and Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door is right up there with him!

Are any of these books five-star reads for you?

22 thoughts on “Top Ten / Most Recent Five-Star Reads

  1. I haven’t read any of these yet, but I’ve heard great things about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’m glad you loved it! A 5-star book I recently read was The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt about a boy experiencing all the high and lows of junior high school during the Vietnam War. It’s such a sweet triumphant story, I loved it.

  2. One is such a beautiful verse novel, I loved it! Haven’t read When We Collided yet, but it is on my TBR list!

  3. I haven’t read any of these books though I know Etienne St. Clair since I am currently reading Anna and the French Kiss. I have to look for The Boy Next Door now, sounds interesting.

    Here are my recent 5 star reads: https://dwgitau.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/top-ten-tuesdayten-of-the-best-books-ive-read-recently/

  4. I really need to read My Life Next Door but I don’t think I’m in the contemporary mood at the moment. I read the first book in the Geek Girl series but I don’t think I’m going to continue- I have too many other series to finish! :)

  5. I haven’t read any of these yet, but I’m pretty sure I own half of them and the others are on my to-buy list! Sarah Dessen is my weak spot too, she was a prof at my undergrad and oh my goodness was I totally fingerling every time I ran into her. Sigh. Need to read Saint Anything ASAP.

  6. I have nearly all of these on my TBR list! Good to see that you liked them! Great list! :-)

  7. I’ve seen When We Collided floating around the blogosphere quite a bit recently but admittedly gave it a pass at first but now I think I’m going to have to check it out haha.
    My Life Next Door will always be one of my favourite contemporaries. Jase and Samantha are such a sweet couple and it was so refreshing to have a Jase not be the typical bad boy and instead be a genuine good guy. We need more of these types of characters.

  8. I would say that “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” is my favorite book :)

  9. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” is the best and “My Life Next Door” was cute.

  10. I haven’t read any of these, but Since You’ve Been Gone is on my TBR. It sounds super interesting!

    My TTT

  11. Omg I read One not that long ago and it broke my heart into many pieces. It is a wonderful book!

    I love Sarah Dessen, too. No one writes a contemporary like her.

  12. I recommend Ben-Ami Eliahu’s book Snowflake River, snowflakeriver.com is his site for it. My oldest (14) has loved it. It’s a fantasy the reads like non fiction. Good stuff.

  13. I love this blog! Check out my blog, meipanda05.wordpress.com
    It’s about reading too, it only has one post. :| but still!

    I’m going blog soon

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