This year, I’ve actually read a lot of really amazing books. I don’t have the time to review everything I read, so I was excited to see that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish – was my last ten five-star reads! I definitely haven’t reviewed all of them on this blog (yet) so it’s nice to be able to share some of the recent books I have absolutely loved! If you’re interested in keeping up with everything I read, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads! And, without further ado, here are my last ten five-star books:
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. One of the lesser-known Brontë novels, this one is about a woman who leaves her emotionally abusive husband, and is forced to hide in the country. I’ve read both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, as well as Anne’s other novel, Agnes Grey, but this is now my favorite Brontë novel.
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up anytime soon if it hadn’t been February’s pick for Our Shared Shelf, but I am so glad I did! I actually listed to the audiobook version of this, which is read by Walker, and it was fantastic!
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I’m sure quite a few of you have already read this one, but I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I just really loved the characters, and I can’t wait to see the adaptation.
- A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I love Schwab, and I love this series. But, ohmygod, the cliffhanger! I need book three now, please.
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, especially contemporary YA fiction, and I can’t remember the last time I gave one a five-star rating. This one deserves it completely. It’s such an interesting take on the traditional coming-of-age story. I’m still thinking about it.
- Morning Star by Pierce Brown. This book is the epic finale to what is quite possibly my favorite trilogy of all time (don’t freak out, I haven’t finished reading LOTR yet). So, so good!
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This was a slow start for me, but I ended up really loving it. I’m just upset I didn’t read it sooner.
- My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. This one was a bit of an emotional rating for me, by which I mean it’s probably closer to a 4/4.5-star rating, but I just loved how it made me feel and think about things.
- And Again by Jessica Chiarella. I actually got an ARC of this, and was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s about a group of people who get a second lease on life, and what they do with it.
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. This book was incredible! It starts slow, but its so, so worth it. I started with the audiobook, and ended up picking up a copy from the bookstore because I wanted to get through it faster.
To be fair, I did skip a few five-star books because they were either comics (Saga Vol. 4) or speeches (Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman and Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling). But I just wanted to stick with full books for this list (not because there is anything wrong with the shorter books or comics, but just because I felt like it).
Let me know what the last book you gave five stars to was or if you’ve read any on my list!