Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Recent 5-Star Reads


It’s Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday post. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and I’m super excited about this week’s post because I love talking about my favourite books. I haven’t actually rated very many books 5 stars in recent weeks so some of these go back to January and December…

1. Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

This is Shivaun Plozza’s debut novel and I absolutely loved it. I read this one a couple days ago and was just immersed in the story from the first page. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking and I loved the characters. This book focuses on disadvantaged youths and those who come from a lower socioeconomic status. I thought it handled everything really well and I can’t wait to read Shivaun Plozza’s next book! (A review of this book will be up on Happy Indulgence tomorrow!)

2. A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty

A Tangle of Gold is the third and final book in The Colours of Madeleine trilogy. I thought the first two books were great but this third book blew my mind with its twists and how everything was tied up in the end. I loved it so much and it’s currently one of my favourite series.

3. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

I really enjoyed this novella bind-up. I’ve been going through The Lunar Chronicles withdrawals and Stars Above helped fill that hole in my heart. I enjoyed every single one of the stories and thought The Little Mermaid retelling and the wedding/epilogue story were absolutely amazing. I also enjoyed how the book came full circle, despite the stories being largely unrelated.

4. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

I didn’t write a review for this book because I loved it so much that I didn’t think I could put that love into words. This book has magical realism, which is one of my favourite things in the world. It was just really well-written, with lots of interesting and diverse characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. I thought it was a really magical and unique book.

5. Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali

Max is one of my favourite YA WWII historical fiction novels. This one was super unique and was written from the perspective of Max. We follow Max’s story from before he was born, up until the end of the Hitler regime. Reading from the perspective of a fetus was a really interesting experience and if you’ve ever wanted to know more about the Lebensborn program, I really recommend this one!

6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

This book is now one of my favourite contemporaries. I love Morgan Matson’s writing and I think this one if my favourite of all of her books that I’ve read. It had the most wonderful coming of age story that had a great balance of romance, friendship, family and grief.

7. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The second book in The Winner’s Trilogy, The Winner’s Crime is one of my all-time favourite books. It was so full of tension and anticipation, and I highly enjoyed the atmosphere and how epic the book felt, despite not having a lot of action. I can’t wait to read the final book and I have no idea why I haven’t picked it up yet.

8. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

This was a highly entertaining guide to the major Greek Gods. It’s narrated by Percy and he just made the whole book really fun to read. I loved the learning experience and it definitely did not fail to make me laugh.

9. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

This is the third book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is my favourite of the three books that are out at the moment. It was just a really great continuation to the series and the pacing was just right for me. I love where this series is headed and I can’t wait to see how it all ends. Not long to go now!

10. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The final book of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Last Olympian had everything that I could have wanted. It was a really epic end to a really fun and action-packed series. It had action from the very beginning and it made me really excited to pick up some of Rick Riordan’s other series.

Did you rate any of these books 5 stars? I hope I convinced you to read some of these because I really love them!

34 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Recent 5-Star Reads

  1. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader says:

    I adore Blue Lily, Lily Blue and anything Percy Jackson related. It always makes me happy to see them on lists! I’m very intrigued now by Max. I’ve never heard of it before, but you caught my attention by the words “favorite WWII historical fiction” and “perspective of a fetus”. What? A fetus? I’m intensely intrigued!

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  2. hopelessbookaddict says:

    January and December? Some of mine go back to August last year *hides*.

    I’m reading Frankie now! I’m enjoying it so far, though I’m only about 20 pages in. But I can already tell Frankie’s kickass. Great list!! πŸ˜€

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I’m planning to binge The Heroes of Olympus this month. I’m pretty sure that I won’t be able to read anything else once I’ve started the series so I’m just going to dedicate a week to just reading it πŸ˜€ Ooh, if you enjoyed The Wolves of Mercy Falls, I’d definitely recommend checking out The Raven Cycle! It’s even better!

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  3. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    *slowly adds more books to my TBR pile* I am getting better at following your recommendations, but I still need to start on the Winner’s series and revisit TRC! I want to be in the know! The Weight of Feather is also one I need to get my hands on, when my book buying ban ends this month (!!) I will need to revisit this page haha.

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  4. Prima says:

    Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods was on my list too! It was so funny and made me laugh so much, it had to be on the list πŸ˜€ I’m with you on Morgan Matson, she’s got a magical writing style that makes me nostalgic and emotional.

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  5. Lynn says:

    Great list! Stars Above is in my top ten as well! I really need to pick up The Raven Boys! Can’t believe I still haven’t! I’m currently reading The Winner’s Crime among other books and really enjoying it!

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  6. Reg | She Latitude says:

    Wow, that cover for Frankie is really artistic! I haven’t heard of this book before but I’m gonna have to check it out. Haven’t read any of the others unfortunately but The Raven Cycle series is on my TBR. πŸ™‚

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  7. Lois says:

    So many amazing books on this list and I seriously wish there was more time in the day for me to read all of them. The Last Olympian was definitely my favourite in the Percy Jackson series. I just love how everything came to ahead. I’ve still not read Greek gods but I could use a lighthearted read so I might just bump it up on the list haha.


  8. Josephine says:

    I’ve got my eye on reading “Max”, since reading your review of it! It sounds like a great read. Also, I’m hoping to soon jump into The Winners Curse series soon, once I finish the Chaos Walking trilogy! 😊


  9. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews says:

    I really want to read Frankie! It sounds interesting. I’m currently reading The Raven Cycle series and I love it so much. Also, yay for Percy Jackson! The Greek Gods was such a fun take on mythology. I also really need to read The Winners and The Lunar Chronicles series.

    My TTT


  10. Zoe says:

    The Last Olympian. ❀ Such a great end to such an amazing series. So glad you enjoyed it too Jenna! And Stars Above and The Winner’s Kiss are both amazing too! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices + post! ❀


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