Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent 5 Star Reads


I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in what feels like forever, so it was definitely time to get back to it again! TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! And what better topic to come back to, than one where I can gush about all my recent favourite reads. Here’s the official theme for this week:

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)

Just for your info, I am going to go on Goodreads and simply go with the last ten books that received 5 stars. Some of them may have gotten something between 4.5-4.9 though. I am not going to be that harsh about only picking true 5 star books!

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

24926015Right the first one is a book that actually got 4.5 stars from me, but that’s totally okay. Simon vs. was an amazing book and such a fun and fuzzy and warm read! NO REGRETS!

2. The entire Red Rising Trilogy

26818907I don’t have to explain that, right? I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES! I am still not over half of what happened and reading the final book, it just gave me the worst book hangover ever BUT WHILE READING! I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I didn’t want it to end and I cried and I was angry and just generally had ALL THE FEELS! Enough caps? I think I got my point across. Just read those books already!

3. Ten Thousand Skies Above You

25348875Ten Thousand Skies Above You was definitely a book I loved reading, but looking back, I am not sure it really deserved those full 5 stars. I think I had to give them though, because I gave the first part in the Firebird series 4.5 stars and I definitely liked this one better. So, naturally, I had to give it more stars as well.

4. Lock & Mori

Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori, #1)Having the whole Sherlock universe in a teenage version made me incredibly happy. They weren’t yet as refined and deductive as their grown-up counterparts, but this story was so much fun to read nonetheless! Mori is an amazing character and I loved seeing the beginning of her twisted nature. (rating: 4.5 stars)

5. Carry On

Carry OnSIMON AND BAZ! Oh my heart, it is bound to burst! I just love all (well, most) of the characters in this book to bits! I adore them! Whenever I am singing a song now, I can’t help but wonder if it would work as a spell. (rating: 5 stars)

6. Did I Mention I Love You?

Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #1)Okay, totally forgot that this book would be on the list! But yay! I liked it so much, probably because it mentioned like a gazillion places I have actually been to or love and that sort of always makes a book special. Don’t you agree? (rating: 4.5 stars)

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Fairy tale retellings are my jam! I am so happy this book didn’t have a massive cliffhanger like so many other series do now, but it still managed to make me yearn for the next book in the series. A Court of Mist and Fury can’t come fast enough! (rating: 4.5 stars)

8. The Martian

The MartianRemember how I couldn’t shut up about this book? Well, there is a reason! IT’S JUST THAT GOOD! I laughed and I was at the edge of my seat and I felt like I was reading something really smart and as if I were educating myself … you know, in case I ever got stranded on a planet where nothing grows. (rating: 5 stars)

9. City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)Too bad I read this after Clockwork Princess, because then it would have made it’s way onto this list, but what can you do? I love everything Cassandra Clare does and I am so happy she invented the Shadowhunter world. I am beyond giddy, if not a little scared as well, to read Lady Midnight soon. I haven’t read any reviews and I don’t want to know what’s going to happen, but I have a feeling that my heart is going to be broken. (rating: 5 stars)

10. My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black HolesI remember the sadness and hope that was accompanied with this read. Somehow I have the feeling that My Heart and Other Black Holes doesn’t get nearly enough attention as it should. Either way, it was a great debut and I am expecting great things from Warga in the future! (rating: 5 stars)

In hindsight, I don’t think there were all that many true 5 star books in this list. Weird! Makes me wonder if my standards are too high … Which books are on your list? Don’t be shy and leave a link in the comments below!

92 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

  1. I’ve read two of the books on your list, Simon vs THSA and A Court of Thorns and Roses. Both I enjoyed but gave 3.5 stars I think. Oh well, glad you loved them. I really want to get to My Heart and Other Black Holes soon. It seems like an important read. And all this hype for Red Rising got me feeling left out! Your obsession for it is so good to read 🙂

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    • Hahaha sometimes I am scared of overhyping Red Rising for people and then I tell them that the start is a bit slow and that there is a real info-dump in the beginning and that it’s super complex in parts, just to lower their expectations. But I JUST LOVE THE BOOKS SO MUCH! No story has ever made me so angry. I swear, I was shaking sometimes.
      And My Heart and Other Black Holes was just astonishing! I didn’t think a book about potential suicide could harbour so much hope!


  2. The Martian wasn’t anything I expected ! I was VERY sceptical and I loved it so much, it was so funny and thrilling and just amazing ! It actually was the first book I reviewed on my blog 😀
    City of Heavenly Fire was just WOW ! Loved loved loved it ! I don’t know what else to add haha.

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  3. I read 5 of these books and I loved them too. Next is Ten Thousand Skies Above You. I’ll read it as soon as it gets on my hands. And I need to read Morning Star (and also Golden Son). I need to see all the amazingness on it

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      • Speaking of dystopian book series that revolve around teenagers trying to upend a terribly unfair society (LOL), I finally watched the movie version of The Scorch Trials. What did you think of that movie? I thought that it changed a lot and may have called some elements from the previous film into question because of the changes, but overall it was a fun sci-fi adventure film. Though the Cranks were basically discount zombies from The Last of US video game.


      • LOL! I can’t even remember most of that movie. I just know that it has virtually nothing to do with the books anymore and that I found it only mildly entertaining but at least more than the books, which I didn’t like at all.


      • I did! I am no fan of that season as a whole to be honest and the little consolation of them getting all back together as a pack in the end wasn’t enough to make it good…


      • I actually thought it was the best season yet, with great villains, an excellent mystery, and phenomenal writing and character development. I’m looking forward to season 6 later this year.


      • I thought that the Beast was terrible and that it looked cheap. I also was of the opinion that it was one of the messiest and definitely not well-paced seasons as of yet. Sorry, but I definitely didn’t enjoy it. I actually stopped caring about what was going on and that’s bad …


      • Yes I am, and it’s gone in some interesting directions this season. What are your thoughts on Hades? I thought they’d go for something different with that character, but I like him as he is in the show.


      • I got weirdly emotional ever since the show came back. Everything with Regina’s dad and Neal was great! And I loved Hercules. Also, I quite enjoy that they went full on Disney with Hades appearance. I just think it’s super weird that he had a romance with Zelena.
        I just read the most interesting comment about the show the other day concerning the names. Cora means heart and she’s the queen of hearts, Zelena means green and well, you know, she’s green. And Regina means Queen and she’s the Evil Queen.


  4. I really need to finish City of Heavenly Fire soon! It’s just so thick 😦 Totally agree with you on Ten Thousand Skies Above You though, it was better than the first one. Can’t wait to read the last book… I mean FUTURISTIC SPACE WORLD??? i hope it happens XD

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  5. Ha ha, I’m just like you. I rarely give out actual 5-star ratings, but anything that I’d give at least a 4.5 gets rounded up to 5 on Goodreads. 😉 Here are my most recent ones:

    – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
    – Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
    – The Martian by Andy Weir (woo hoo for shared picks!)
    – Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
    – The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    – This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
    – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    – The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
    – Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

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  6. Hahaha I did the exact same as you with putting in the entire Red Rising trilogy into my TTT. But how can you not!
    Simon vs has been on my TBR since it came out, so I don’t know why I haven’t bought it yet! I want to jump of the this-book-is-amazing bandwagon!
    A recent five stars would have to be a manga I’ve read, Tokyo Ghoul.

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  7. Simon and Ten Thousand Skies Above You (by the way, when are we buddy reading again? :D), loveed those as well! It’s funny, I have been asking myself whether I should add or not Did I Mention I Love You on my TBR, a lot of people are talking about that series, and I don’t know, maybe it’s the kind of book I would like? I hope so 😛

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    • Buddy reading – yes! I don’t think we have any books, like in physically owning them, to read them together right now, right? I have Splintered and I do intend to buy The Wrath and the Dawn together with The Rose and the Dagger as soon as it’s out. So that might be an option as well?
      DIMILY is fun, but I don’t know if it’s for you hahaha the series can be really frustrating sometimes.

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  8. Still mentally preparing myself for Morning Star haha. I will get to it by the summer, I guarantee that. I’ve been torn about Carry On because that was actually my least favourite part of Fangirl but I’ve heard so many wonderful reviews about the book.

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    • I don’t think you can ever fully be prepared for Morning Star. I read the afterword by Pierce first to prepare though and it sort of made the first chapters more intense.
      The fanfiction bits were my least favouite part of Fangirl as well, but it is completely different as the book. It’s great!

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