Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 29 March, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 19 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

Interesting topic this week! So a bit of a funny thing: I don’t give 5-star ratings easily, and yet earlier this year I noticed that I gave quite a few already, which is a little weird:


This screencap was from January

On the flip-side, I also don’t give 1-stars very easily either so the fact that I had a few already is also very strange. Anyway, that’s the little fun fact I have about my reading so far this year 🙂 Here’s the most recent 5 star reads, starting with the most recent and working my way back in time:

  1. Mona Lisa by Alexander Lernet-Holenia (review forthcoming) — This book will be released by Pushkin Press sometime mid-June so my review won’t be going live until around then but omg, this is a precious novella that’s thought-provoking, a little nutty, and quite introspective and bittersweet all rolled in one. I loved it and read it in one sitting. It’s also a translated work from this Austrian author who lived in the early 20th century so if you’re looking for a translated work to check out, look no further 😉
  2. Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson (review) — *flailing* That’s all I’m going to say about this book 😉
  3. Still Mine by Amy Stuart (review) — This book came out earlier this month and omg this book was fantastic, absolutely atmospheric and eerie, the mysteries leaving me pondering what’s going to happen next or how everything’s going to turn out. If you’re into thrillers and mysteries, this is definitely worth checking out, I can’t recommend it enough 🙂
  4. Fifteen Dogs by Alexis Andre (review forthcoming) — I believe my review is going live next week for this novel, but this book is a gem and absolutely deserving of the Giller Prize last year. It reads like a fable and the story involves Greek gods giving dogs human consciences as a bet of sorts, but the experiences that these dogs went through were absolutely wonderful and sad and thoughtful. Highly, highly recommended! (yay #CanLit 😀 !)
  5. The Bands of Mourning and Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (review & review) — *flailing even more* If you haven’t read the Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson, well, dude, you best get on it 😉
  6. Caroline Linden’s Love and Scandals series (reviews forthcoming) — Eep, my reviews for these novels won’t be published until May >_< but they're another great historical romance series I've read more recently. I also found them rather unique in the way that the main couple tackled the problems ahead of them, namely in the second book. The communication and general lack of miscommunication (well, except the third book, of course; the premise in itself rested on a poor first impression) was a refreshing change of pace ;)
  7. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe (review) — His poetry is gorgeous *happy sigh*
  8. Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter (review) — One of the first stories I read this year, it was sooooooooooo sooooooooo goooooood. If you haven’t read it yet and fantasy is one of your favourite genres, I highly recommend checking it out, the characters and the storytelling and the worldbuilding and the writing (which is pretty much everything) are amazing 😀
  9. Where Shadows Dance and When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris (reviews forthcoming) — I spent the end of 2015 more or less catching up on the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mysteries. They’re a great series, mixing murder mysteries with Regency politics and period issues and everyday life. I love the cast of characters too, they’re fantastic. Highly recommended by the way if you’re into mystery series set in a historical period.
  10. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra (review) — Love love LOVE this book. I cannot say it enough xD



And that’s my list of books I recently gave 5 stars to! What books did you give 5 stars to recently? Link me up, I’d love to see your list 🙂

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19 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I bought The Bands of Mourning the day it released, but haven’t gotten a chance to read it.. Glad to know it’a amazing!

    I also want to read the new Anthony Marra novel. I have heard nothing but great things about it.

  2. I keep hearing good things about Brandon Sanderson and have still not read any of his books. I will have to get on that this year… 🙂

  3. I didn’t have that many this year yet and had to reach back to the end of 2015. I just recently purchased 15 Dogs but had to order it from Book Depository because I wanted the UK cover. Nice list!

  4. Real life has been cutting into my Bands of Mourning time and it’s driving.me.crazy!! Once I finish that one, you can be sure I’ll dive into Mistborn: Secret History XD I need to remember to check out your review for that one once I do! Oh and I love me some Poe ♥ Awesome picks Lianne^^ xx

  5. I have only ever given 5 one-star ratings. So, I don’t give them easily. I do have more 5-star ratings, but my most common rating is 4 stars. Interesting, huh?

    So, I have a confession. My friend told me to read Mistborn back in 2010. I told her I would. I still haven’t. It has been on my list since then AND I STILL HAVEN’T GOT OT IT YET. Ugh. I need to remedy this, lol.

  6. I think you’re more generous than me! My Goodreads graph has a big bulge in the middle (around the 2 and 3 star region!).
    I’ve heard good things about Tsar. The interesting thing about my book-buying-ban this year is that it takes all the heat out of publishers’ marketing for me – so much buzz around particular books (like Tsar) but I’m almost immune to it now.

  7. There’s another Brandon Sanderson book! I see his novels with great frequency but don’t ever read them. As is my usual response, someday I’ll *need* to look into them! 😀

    Thanks, as always, for dropping by Finding Wonderland, Lianne. Always great to chat with you!

  8. I love Edgar Allan Poe! I have yet to read the complete collection of his poetry but the poems of his that I have read have been so eerie and beautiful 🙂

    How much of Brandon Sanderson’s work would you say I’d need to read before I could tackle ‘Mistborn: Secret History’? At first I just assumed that I’d need to read all of the Mistborn novels first but then I read a review from someone who said that it’s best to read ALL of the Cosmere novels before reading that one. My reaction to that was “What?! But there are loads of Cosmere novels!” Lol. I’ve only just found out that all of Sanderson’s high fantasy novels are set in the same universe BTW, I think it’s awesome!

  9. I actually am one of those rare and living in hiding people that has not yet read Mistborn but i keep seeing parts of that series on favorites list that i really would finally get on that. So thanks for being another reason for me to finally get to that! 🙂
    The Tsar of Love and Techno sound wonderful as well so i will have to look that up, thanks for the recommendation 🙂

    Wonderful list 🙂

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