I’m still feeling the after effects of WonderCon weekend. Boy, I’m getting old. 😄
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday , we’re listing down the 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads) .
I don’t give five stars that often. I’m like that one teacher/professor who refuses to give a perfect score just because. I always find something that is worth deducting one star. Or it’s 4.5 but I’m stubborn and denies a book that rounded up star. Eh, quirks… we all have them.
So I only have 5 for you. I can do 10 but that’ll take me almost a year back. This list is going back to November 2015. I happen to have all 5 in print form but no spine photo for you guys. I was rearranging my shelves last night and it slipped my mind. This list is going to be in the order I read them.
- Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio, illustrated by Will Staehle.
I am acquainted with the author and I got my copy signed before the official release date. It is a quirky middle grade book about Warren, a boy who is taking care of his family’s hotel. I didn’t give this five stars because I know the author personally. I really did like it. I don’t read a lot of middle grade or books with illustrations (although I somewhat collect them) and I enjoyed this one a lot. Because of this, I’ve started to look into middle grade literature. It’s a good story and amazing art. Go check it out!
- The Fairest of them All by Carolyn Turgeon.
I was just so surprised at how much I enjoyed this Rapunzel retelling. One would think it’s going to be a light read but no… I was shocked at how graphic it is and man, I loved it a lot. Now, I’m afraid that this might spoil me for other retellings. I know not all of them come as violent as this one. One of my favorite classes in university was my Children’s Lit class and I love destroying childhoods with what I learned in that class. 😄
- Legend by Marie Lu.
This was a fast read. Either it’s short or I was sucked in completely by the pace and story. Why did I wait so long to read this book? Now, I have all three sitting on my shelf. I will definitely get to them before the year ends. I heard they also go down the road most YA trilogies go through – awesome first book and wtf conclusion – but I’m willing to stick with it. A lot of people have told me that this trilogy is one of the better ones.
- Morning Star by Pierce Brown.
I could not give this book the five stars fast enough. My eyes flew across the pages so fast because I couldn’t wait to read what happened next. I loved everything about this book, from the author to what a perfect series ender it is. I love it so much that I pledged $100 for original art signed by Mr. Brown and the artist/illustrator. I love it so much that I bought a signed copy of Morning Star (because he didn’t go to Vromans on this tour; he went to Book Soup instead and that’s far from where I live). I love it so much that I bought hardcover copies of the two previous books. It’s not Harry Potter level of love but close. He’s on my auto-buy list.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.
I was reading another book when WonderCon announced that they will have a VE Schwab panel and signing. I don’t know what came into me but I dropped that other book and immediately picked up ADSOM. I spent the next day at the Universal Studios Hollywood waiting for a friend and for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open to public. I read a good chunk of this book with the majestic Hogwarts castle behind me. I inhaled this story. I was so immersed. Granted, it was a bit predictable but the writing was so beautiful, I didn’t mind that one bit. And V.E. Schwab is a delight!
By the way, the cover art for ADSOM and the illustrations in Warren the 13th are both by Will Staehle.
The instructions also included the option for 5 disappointing reads but I have even less of that. 2015 was an awful reading year for me and so far in 2016, I enjoyed all the books I’ve read. I pick them carefully. 😉