Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
In any given month, I either have too many or too few five-star ratings; I just don’t have any kind of balance! However, this has been a truly excellent month for five-star reads, as was February, so this Top Ten Tuesday topic wasn’t TOO tricky!
1. The Fireman – Joe Hill
A disease which causes people to combust, called Dragonscale for the unusual black and gold markings its sufferers present with, is ravaging society. Harper, a pregnant nurse, who is obsessed with Mary Poppins, is the main character and her goal is to stay alive long enough to deliver her baby. This book was totally addictive and I couldn’t put it down – it isn’t out until June, but I will be recommending it to everyone!
2. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
Two mentions in two weeks! I only recently reread this book, and remembered just how much I adored it! Thursday Next is a literary detective and when Jane Eyre is stolen from her manuscript, it’s up to Thursday to set things right! Thursday gets to jump into her favourite stories – how could I not love this book?
3. A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
I wasn’t a massive fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was good, but nowhere near as good as the Throne of Glass series! However, the second book in Maas’ new series is better than I could ever have imagined. We see less of Tamlin (thank goodness!) and more of Rhys, the mysterious bad boy! Plus, we FINALLY get to see more of the Fae world, and peek into different courts!
4. The Trees – Ali Shaw
I’m really getting into apocalyptic stories at the moment! In The Trees, nature strikes back, reclaiming the earth with an enormous forest. There is an element of fantasy, which was a little bit weird, but the concept as a whole completely overruled any doubts I had!
5. The Natural Way of Things – Charlotte Wood
Ten women are imprisoned in the outback of Australia. Each is forced to wear an old-fashioned uniform, and to adhere to very strict rules. They soon discover what links them – all of the women have been involved in some sort of sex scandal. It is terrifying and gripping, reinforcing that we really haven’t come so far when considering misogynistic attitudes.
6. Summer Skin – Kirsty Eagar
WOW! This book is about Jess, a college student in Brisbane. It’s a girl meets boy, but not quite like those we expect. I loved this book for its firm grasp on reality – it is the first book I’ve read which represents sex in a perfectly normal way for young people today. Kirsty Eagar is also just a fantastic person – follow her on Twitter!
7. The Yearbook Committee – Sarah Ayoub
Sarah Ayoub was unbelievably lovely, and her book was pretty good too! 😛 It’s about five teenagers from different walks of life who have to work together and eventually find friendship. They’re all so cute!
8. Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright
A non-fiction favourite! This is a beautifully written account of what it is like to live with anorexia; I wish I had read it in high school! It gave me a greater understanding of this dreadful illness.
9. Hotel du Barry – Lesley Truffle
This is an unbelievably funny crime novel. It starts with a baby girl being discovered hanging on the Hotel du Barry’s clothesline in a pair of lady’s underpants. The baby, named Cat, is adopted by the proprietor and runs riot with the staff. When Daniel du Barry is killed, Cat is determined to discover the murderer and her extended hotel family are all too eager to assist.
10. The Sidekicks – Will Kostakis
Still my absolute favourite book of the year!!!!! Give this book to every single young person you know!
What have been your recent five-star reads?