Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Most Recent 5-Star Reads, so here are the last ten books I gave a full 5-star rating to!
1) The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. This adult historical fiction takes place in 70-ish AD during the Roman siege of Israel, and tells the complex, very human, and heartbreaking stories of four Jewish women who, in the way of history's women, have a profound behind-the-scenes effect on the events that transpire.
2) All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. A vital dual-perspective YA contemporary that examines issues of racism and police violence. I sobbed at the end.
3) Missoula by Jon Krakauer. A nonfiction examination of rape culture as told through an exploration of a series of sexual assaults in recent years at one particular college campus. I wasn't surprised by any of it, but I certainly learned a lot, and it got me all fired up in my social justice-y heart.
4) Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). The latest installment in Jo's adult crime series was an emotional one, and the ending has me just begging for the next book. I love J.K. Rowling. I just do.
5) Winter by Marissa Meyer. The conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles (YA sci-fi fairytale retelling) was, for me, sweet, emotional, romantic, and intense all at once, so of course I loved it. Winter and Cress are my fave girls.
6) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This first in a new YA sci-fi trilogy does non-standard format right. The story is told through a mix of multi-media forms, including email and messaging and interviews and tons of other stuff, and it's awesome.
7) Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb. This adult contemporary ended up striking me deep in the heart with its emotional complexity as it examines family issues and self-image. I added a bunch of other Cathy Lamb books to my TBR after reading this one.
8) The Walls around Us by Nova Ren Suma. My unexpected favorite YA of 2015: eerie, complex, unexpected, and stunning to the very end. A mystery combined with magical realism that ultimately turns into horror.
9) The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy is a new fave of mine, and I am delighted to have discovered it at last. A YA epic fantasy full of diversity, strong characters, and heart.
10) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. This YA historical fantasy deserves all the acclaim it's gotten. It's a "Thousand and One Nights" retelling that's sumptuous and romantic and dramatic and brings all the feels.
There's the goods! I am getting more comfortable with adult lit, aren't I? Thanks for reading, and I'll see you again tomorrow.
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