Top Ten Tuesday: Ten of Our Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Posted March 29, 2016 by Maryam in Lyn, Maryam, Top Ten Tuesday / 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: 10 Of Our Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Let’s make like Starfleet and discover some stars up in here!

The Five-Star Nebula is just ahead!

This week, Maryam and I discuss our top 5 starred reads!

The future is gonna be great


The Others Series, Books 1, 3, and 4 by Anne Bishop

This is my recent addition, and I can thank this series for pulling me out of a book rut. The second book did pull in a 4.5, but I can definitely say that the series, overall, is a stellar, “star studded” collection!

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen reminded me why I love fantasy series, and why I adore Sarah Fine novels. Her books are in a league of their own, and the character development, combined with the outstanding world building a moral complications has made this one of my top reads for 2016.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It would shatter my heart to give anything less to Bardugo’s work, but she certainly earned all of the stars here. The complexity of her universe, with a cast that is not easily forgotten, made this book near and dear to my heart.  If she would write in this universe forever, I would never ask for anything else.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

It takes quite a bit for a contemporary novel to steal my heart and soul, but Oakes did it with Minnow Bly. She took us into a twisted world of fear, and brought it over into the world of corporal punishment, where questions were raised about the standard of our own laws. She took a huge risk with a romance, and an even bigger risk with the culture around women’s imprisonment, religion, and handicaps. This one is a painful, but wonderful read, and I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Call me a fangirl, but I fell in love with this novel, and I yearn for more fantasy novels that would use the risky, complex writing I saw here in Uprooted. The description reads just like the basic high fantasy YA checklist, but there is so much more in these pages. This is more than just a great read; it is an adventure.

Honorable mention

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

This book doesn’t publish until May 17th, but I would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to preorder it. This was a wonderful, heart wrenching read!




Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicole Taylor

I think this book kinda took me by surprise. I’ve never really been a fan of historical fiction, but this retelling of Peter Pan got me so hooked on it since the first page that I could not put it down. I mean, y’all really need to read this. It’s like one of those hidden gems in life.

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

THIS IS A BOOK THAT EVERY BOOK NERD NEEDS. I mean, truth be told, I think practically every one of us has wanted to follow the actions of the characters we read in a book, or at least adopt their personality or style. Isabel Bandeira captured every bookish essence that lived out in each of us.

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan

I think Rick Riordan is one of the very rare authors that I would forever give five stars to. Like, NAH, your books are ALWAYS AMAAAAZING. Also, is it just me, or do readers always get mini panic attacks while reading his books?

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

AHA you should’ve known this one was coming up, especially since I just recently spazzed about it on this blog like crazy. Time travelers, amazing book covers and annoying hot guys? GIMMMMME.

Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath

AHHHH. Okay, I shall combine my honorable mention with this book. LIKE, THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC. It mimics all of us. The people in between. Those who aren’t popular, but aren’t losers either. And I was sobbing my heart out while reading this book, because it resonated with me. I am ashamed to admit that I am one of those people who did not lift a finger to help someone who got bullied, because I’d rather not bring attention to myself. This book got me filled with so much guilt. WORTH THE READ.


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