Top Ten Tuesday: 5 of My Recent 5-Star Reads


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m so sorry that I missed a week’s worth of posts–I had company visiting and Paul gifted me with a cold–everything sort of slipped by me. But this week I’m back in action.

The topic this week was to share ten of our most recent 5-star reads, but since I’ve shared most of those picks from last year, this post concentrates on 2016 books, especially the ones that aren’t a part of my challenges but are too good not to share.

So without further ado, here are my five most recent 5-star reads:

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

The story of Star Wars in iambic pentameter. As a huge fan of both Shakespeare and Star Wars, I have to say that I enjoyed this book immensely. It is just so much fun, and it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do.

A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration by Meg Keene

Since becoming engaged about two months ago, I have been devouring wedding books. Of course, the intenet is an amazing resource for wedding related inspiration and advice, but I can’t help it—when there’s a book available I read it. I’m planning on doing a post on the best wedding books out there—putting my extensive reading to good use. But in the meantime—if you’re interested in wedding planning books or you know someone who is planning their wedding, this is probably the most practical and useful guide you can find.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I’ve had this book on my TBR for a good long while, and I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but it surpassed all my expectations. A wonderful story, beautifully told. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A winner of the 2015 National Book Award, this book deserves every accolade that has or could be heaped upon it. It’s the story of one man’s experience with race and his hopes and fears for his son. It is illuminating and empowering—a short book that has so much to say.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This book is a great mix of some of the best children’s fantasy series, but it is most definitely not geared towards children. It is enchanting (if you’ll pardon the pun) and it kept me guessing and looking forward to each new moment. I’m so glad that I picked it as one of my series for the year.


Has there been a book that has surprised you lately?


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