Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.
Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. This week we’re all about that 5 Star moment. I always wonder whether I am too generous with my ratings but I try not to dwell on that too much. Now the real question is, why? What did these books specifically do to get that top rating. If I’m honest, I think my mood has a huge influence the rating because I love forming that emotional connection to the characters and the world.
Here are my 10 most recent 5 star reads and when I read them.
1. [February 2016] A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab: My first 5 star book of the year. I’m not surprised by this result because A Gathering of Shadows was everything I wanted and so much more. The character insight took the crown for me. Getting to explore the mindset of Kell, Lila and Rhy was such a joy. They’re all so conflicted, emotional and layered. I still have some burning questions that I hope are answered in book 3, but most of all I need to know what happens after that evil cliffhanger.
2. [December 2015] Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: My review states I gave this a 4.5 but I rounded it up to 5 on my goodreads so I’m including it in the list. I loved the conclusion to this series. I thought the way that Kaufman and Spooner brought all these characters together was impressive. In particular I liked how plot points from the previous installments were explored and further expanded upon here.
3. [December 2015] Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: My heart ❤ This book is nothing but emotional and that is what made me give it the 5 Stars. I felt so connected to these characters and was so emotionally invested in their journey. My heart ached for them but I also finished the book with such a strong sense of hope.
4. [November 2015] Winter by Marissa Meyer: Another epic series conclusion. I was nervous about this book because I had such high expectations and I am so happy it delivered on the goods. My shipping heart was going wild. Now I just need to get my hands on Stars Above.
5. [October 2015] Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Fast paced. Intense. Dark. Fascinating character dynamics. Tortured souls. Romantic tension. What more could you possibly want?
6. [October 2015] The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson: This entire series is rich in its world building and offers some wonderful character insights. Everything is at stake in the final installment to the Mistborn trilogy and I was impressed with the way things ended, even if it meant having my heart ripped to shreds.
7. [September 2015] I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: Artistic. The perfect way to describe the book. Our characters are so wonderfully flawed and I love getting to see the world through an artists eyes.
8. [August 2015] Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta: Apparently I don’t talk about this book enough. 😛 You all know how much I love this book and I loved exploring the themes of identity, loss, love and hope and the impact they have on our characters.
9. [July 2015] The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: It took me a while to finish this book but I loved every minute of it. Getting to meet the crew and seeing how Kelsier’s choices and actions set in motion the events our characters face in next installment was masterful.
10. [June 2015] A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab: In hindsight, I may have been a bit too generous with the rating but I was so captivated by this world that I can’t find it in me to change it. Plus I think the book does a good job of setting up the characters and future events set to take the rest of the series by storm.
Those are my most recent 5 Star books.
Which books made it to your list? What do you look for in a 5 star book?