It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday and this week we’re talking about our most recent five-star books. I rarely give out five-star ratings; a four-star rating from me is great, meaning “I really enjoyed this book. It wouldn’t have had many things, if any, that I didn’t like, so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it”. They make up most of the books I read, but some books I just have to give the full rating: “I really loved this book and it’s now one of my favourites. It’s memorable and would have had a strong impact on me”. Here’s my latest ten!
When We Collided by Emery Lord
I finished When We Collided earlier this month and it’s one of my favourite books of the year so far: beautifully written, honest, and incredibly sweet. Plus Jonah isn’t too bad either!
El Deafo by Cece Bell
A stunning graphic novel about a smart little girl struggling to navigate the world of school and friends after an illness makes her lose her hearing. It’s poignant and charming, one of the best graphic novels I’ve read.
One (Audiobook) by Sarah Crossan & narrated by Stephanie Cannon
I thought the audiobook version of One was beautifully done. As the story is written in verse, I wasn’t sure how it would work, but it was just as emotional the second time.
All That Glitters by Holly Smale
I adore the Geek Girl series and All That Glitters didn’t let me down. It’s always great to be back in Harriet’s wacky world. I’ll soon be picking up the next book, Head Over Heels, and I cannot wait!
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell & illustrated by Gelrev Ongbico
The Wolf Wilder is a beautiful story about one girl’s treacherous adventure through dangerous, snowy Russia to save her mother – a stunning book, inside and out.
Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell & illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a lovely children’s story about friendship, cats and celebrating a love of music. It’s beautifully illustrated and a pure delight.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I had an excellent run of young adult contemporary in 2015. Since You’ve Been Gone is perfect, especially as it isn’t all about the romance. I have The Unexpected Everything is sitting on my TBR and I’m sure it’ll be another five-star read.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
One of my favourite boys in YA contemporary fiction is Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss and Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door is right up there with him!
Are any of these books five-star reads for you?