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!  

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