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Top Ten Tuesday | Recent 5-Star Stellar Reads



As a book blogger, I think I tend to be freer with five-star ratings. In my circles, I don’t seem to notice fellow book bloggers handing out five-star ratings with as great of frequency. This has often made me pause and wonder, Am I being honest in my ratings 

The answer 99% of the time is yes. 

I think I weigh the pros and cons fairly, consider if I liked the book well enough to give it that “perfect” rating and with exception to a few times (mainly referencing books I reviewed when I first began blogging), I feel good about the ratings. As with everything, rating books (which I do in an honest way), is something “personal” a book blogger is tasked with. What I mean by this is, while something may have bothered another blogger, causing them to dock a rating by a star or ½ a star, it may not have been enough for me to feel it warranted a downgrade. And that is perfectly okay.  

This is what book blogging is all about. Our varying opinions and preferences is one of the reasons this community is such fun. And in the end, there’s nothing wrong with this. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday meme invites us to look back at our recent 5 star reads.

Broke and Bookish March 29th

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)  

With the official topic posted above, let’s have a look at that list. (Book review links embedded in the book titles.) 

1. Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander | Charming small-town romance. Amazon | Goodreads
2. Curio by Evangeline Denmark | Inventive and unique. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Always Watching by Lynette Eason | Lynette’s best yet. ‘Nuff said. Amazon | Goodreads

 
4. Told You So by Kristin Heitzmann | An elegant,  classy and “mature” contemporary romance that is as humorous as it is emotionally heartbreaking (in a good way). Amazon | Goodreads  

5. I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones | Though her signature humor is intact, this is surprisingly, one of Jenny’s most poignant stories! It balances the comedy with the deeper emotional scars of its heroine, Harper so beautifully I wanted to read it again immediately upon the final swipe of the last page. Amazon | Goodreads


6. The End of the World by Amy Matayo | Another Indie novel on this list (Kristin and Jenny’s are as well), this book will rip your heart to shreds and slowly piece it back together with its joyous, healing ending. Don’t miss it! It’s a five-star, classy novel. Amazon | Goodreads

7. Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan | Sassy, smart and snappy. Rachel’s debut novel is about two female detectives in 1900s Toronto. Think Sherlock Holmes meets Murdoch Mysteries with a dash of Downton Abbey tossed in (thinking of a visualization and elegance of the time period, not story). Basically, this novel is historical perfection. Amazon| Goodreads 

GIVEAWAY | Rachel McMillan's Bachelor Girls
8. Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey | No one does contemporary romantic suspense as Dani does. Amazon | Goodreads 
9. You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren | Quite possibly my most favorite – much to my surprise, Christiansen novel of the bunch. Susan’s series ender is a gem. Amazon | Goodreads

10. Siren’s Song by Mary Weber | Epic and amazing. ‘Nuff said. Amazon | Goodreads

 

What novels have recently earned 5-star ratings on your virtual bookshelves? Comment down below with your bookish thoughts!  

As always, thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.
 

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  1. Interesting comments and thoughts you have about handing out 5-stars. I definitely fall under the category of not giving them all too often (though earlier this year was something of a fluke); I give a lot of 4-star ratings, but 5-stars are usually reserved for those books that really give that little extra something special that just shoots the book up to amazing/loved it/can't stop thinking about it levels xD Sometimes I do wonder how I'm giving these ratings in general, haha.

    Anyway, great list Rissi! :)
    My TTT

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    1. I'd say overall, I'm pretty easy to please with my bookish likes, Lianne. I respect and understand why some bloggers reserve them, but for me, I'm glad to give a 5-star rating to a contemporary chick lit novel because that's what I love best. A book that makes me smile and happy. There's nothing wrong with keeping 5-star ratings more exclusive and if that's what a blogger chooses to do, more power to them. :) I know some bloggers don't even give out star ratings which would perhaps simplify our lives, right!? ;)

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  2. I haven't heard of many of these but sooo glad you enjoyed them. :)

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    1. Perhaps there's some new titles you might enjoy, Rachel. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

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  3. I am not familiar with any of your books. I go through phases where I am more generous with the stars than others. I think I am in a stingy phase right now. http://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/2016/03/ttt-5-star-books-read-in-2016-so-far.html

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    1. Nothing wrong with that, Anne! Ratings and how they're used has to be an individual decision by each reader/blogger; I have some friends who don't even use them. :)

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  4. Eek. I'm not very familiar with many of these books! I like the sound of some of them though, so I shall have to look them up!

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    1. Yay! Hope you find some you might enjoy, Chrissi! :)

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  5. I don't easily place a 5 star on a book, but I've given a lot more five stars in recent months than I have in awhile. Elizabeth Camden's newest was definitely a five star for me. LOVED that book. I also gave "Waking Beauty" by Sarah E. Morin a five star, as well as "Wildwood Dancing" by Juliet Marillier. I went ahead and gave "Siren's Song" a five star on Goodreads because it was pretty awesome. Some of me felt distanced from the characters at first, but by the end I was pretty attached and I (with tears in my eyes) seriously almost threw the book when I came to a certain place in the story...
    Hope you find many more 5 star reads, Rissi! Some of the ones you listed are ones I want to read, and their being on this list makes me want to read them more. :-D

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    1. Nothing wrong with that, Grace. How a blogger uses rating is a decision each individual reader has to make. Whatever works best for them is how it should be. As for Elizabeth Camden, I don't blame you! I think her novels are usually five stars for me too! They're so good. :)

      Fun! Hope you enjoy some of these, Grace - and thank you so much for sharing some of your thoughts about 5-star ratings! It's always fun to talk about these things with fellow bloggers; someday I should write some posts about this kind of thing to get some of your opinions on book blogger. :)

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  6. Where She Belongs and You're the One that I Want also made my list. Curio was also really good and so was Cold Shot and Always Watching.

    Your TTT lists are always dangerous for me as I manage to find more to add to my to read list.

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    1. Fun! I'll have to visit your awesome list, Dawn. LOL. Uh-oh! I'll have to see what I can do about these lists in future; perhaps attempt to make them less dangerous! ;)

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  7. We have several overlapping titles this week, Rissi :) And the ones that didn't overlap I still need to read lol (except for Curio and Where She Belongs which I reviewed for RT and also loved!) My TTT

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    1. YES! That's so fun, Carrie. I'll be by to visit your list too - and three cheers for these amazing five-star reads! :)

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  8. I was going to do this but I couldn't think of 10! LOL Pepper Basham's three novels (first contemporary rom-com releasing on the 6th), Melissa Tagg's latest I read in less than a week...aaaaand yeah. Way less than 10. LOL But SUCH amazing books. "I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob." ;)

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    1. Start a list and once you get to ten, post it anyway, Meg. Who says this has to be limited to a Top Ten Tuesday!? ;) Glad to know you enjoyed Pepper's novel (I've been seeing her name a lot). Melissa's... *happy sigh* Cannot wait to read her newest.

      LOL, I love that quote. "...it moved me, Bob." ;)

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  9. The little graphics you made are absolutely adorable! Unfortunately I'm not familiar with any of the books you listed, probably because they're not my typical genre.
    Here's my TTT about popular books I rated 1 star

    - Jen from The Bookavid

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    1. That's part of the fun of Top Ten Tuesday, isn't it!? Discovering new novels outside our normal genre. :) Thanks so much for the kind words - and for visiting, Jen! Excited to visit your blog. :)

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  10. Ah, I've only heard of Siren's Song, which is a series I've wanted to read for some time now. I hope to get to it soon! Oh! I also have Curio on my TBR; it sounds SO good, and I'm glad to see it earned a 5 star. I will definitely have to check out the rest of these books! Thanks so much for stopping by my top ten. :)

    Holly @ The Fox's Hideaway

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    1. It's really good, Holly! I liked the first book best of all, but the final novel ties everything up nicely - plus the author has a great and sassy sense of humor. :)

      Hope you find some great reads in some of these - and THANK YOU so much for the return visit. Always fun to chat with a fellow book blogger. :)

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  11. "As with everything, rating books (which I do in an honest way), is something “personal” a book blogger is tasked with. What I mean by this is, while something may have bothered another blogger, causing them to dock a rating by a star or ½ a star, it may not have been enough for me to feel it warranted a downgrade. And that is perfectly okay.

    This is what book blogging is all about. Our varying opinions and preferences is one of the reasons this community is such fun. And in the end, there’s nothing wrong with this."

    Love this!!! While I apparently don't give out a lot of full 5 stars, I love that my ratings are based on my enjoyment of a book and you're right, it's a very personal thing. I haven't heard of many of your books, but I tend to read outside of mainstream anyways! Glad you had so many that you loved!

    My TTT.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lenore! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on star ratings; I often think I'd like to write more "series" posts about book blogging just to engage the community and get their opinions on what they prefer to read. Alas, I haven't. But maybe someday.

      Thanks so much for visiting - excited to read your Top Ten Tuesday post! :)

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  12. I was surprised to read that You're the One That I Want is your favorite of the series since Owen is such a hothead. I can't wait to read it now!

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    1. I surprised myself, Heidi! But something about Owen's story tugged at my reader's heartstrings. This is the sign of a fabulous author because, yes, I did go into his story with some dread assuming there'd be NO WAY I'd walk away liking the book. Imagine my surprise! :)

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  13. I'm really interested in reading Curio - it sounds like a good one. :)

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. It IS indeed a good one, Lauren. :)

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  14. AHH!!! I need to read these ASAP! Especially Curio, Bachelor Girl's, Cold Shot, and Always Watching are ones I've been *dying* to read. Spectacular top ten, Rissi, as always. Also, loved your thought on rating books. Very true!

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    1. YES! All of those you mention are amazing, Bekah. Read them whenever you have the chance because well, who doesn't love epic books!? ;)

      Thanks for your thoughts! Always glad to have you share your opinions.

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  15. So many good ones on this list! I am still blown away by the amazingness of The End of the World. Told You So is another one that surprised me with its awesome! :)

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    1. Ditto. Both of those novels are likely to be "forever" favorites and I *know* The End of the World will be on my 2016 favorites list. :)

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