Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish featuring a different topic each week. This week:
Ten Ok, Fourteen Most Recent 5* Reads
- Eleven Scandals To Start To Win A Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean is my most recent 5-star read. The third in the love by numbers series it features a very uptight Duke and a half-Italian volatile heroine. I enjoyed this whole series but….this one was my fave and should be on every fan of historical romance’s reading list.
- The Chosen, by Kristina Ohlsson. Another awesome installment of the Alex Recht and Fredrika Bergman Swedish crime series. These books are the very best blend of grisly and/or shocking crimes combined with thoughtful, methodical police work by two characters who work well together and step a little outside the usual box for characters in this genre.
- The Yearbook Committee, by Sarah Ayoub. Australian YA fiction. I loved Ayoub’s first book, Hate Is Such A Strong Word and this, her second offering is also very good. It’s about a collection of high school students thrown together to work on their class yearbook….and the surprising way in which they creep into each other’s lives. It’s also pretty heartbreaking!
- Darkest Place & Already Dead, by Jaye Ford. Although these two novels were released a year or so apart, I read them almost one after the other. Jaye Ford is a fantastic Australian suspense author who doesn’t get nearly enough recognition for her well-crafted and exciting stories that always contain a thread of very believable ‘it could happen to me’ and just a smidge of romance too.
- Outback Sisters, by Rachael Johns. The fourth installment of the incredibly popular Bunyip Bay series and a great showcase of a very popular genre here atm, rural romance.
- Summer Skin, by Kirsty Eagar. This author is in the top echelon of YA/NA authors not just in Australia but everywhere. This is another amazing story revolving around a poorly represented (in fiction) part of adolescence here, residential halls at university. Definitely a must-read.
- The Neapolitan Quartet, by Elena Ferrante. Cheating here a little and putting these four together as one because they’re a cohesive whole. They’re everything that’s being said about them and worth the hype. Nothing is known about the author, she writes under a pseudonym but really the only thing that needs to be known is that she can tell a story.
- King’s Rising, by C.S. Pacat. Last in the Captive Prince series. Basically, Damianos & Laurent forever.
- April’s Rainbow, by Cathryn Hein. A very cute novella about love and grief written solely from the male perspective. Unique and sweet.
- Legacy Of Hunter’s Ridge, by Sarah Barrie. Romantic suspense that dealt with some interesting issues and was a great set up for a few future installments. This one kept me on the edge of my seat!
These are actually all the books I’ve rated 5-stars on Goodreads for 2016….some 14 of them which shows how good a year this is shaping up to be. Last year I rated 19 books 5-stars over the entire year! I learned a few things from writing out this little list….
- Firstly, my heritage shows through clearly in my inclusion of local authors. 7/10 authors are Australian.
- There are no male authors on my list. I read a lot of female authors. I just looked back over everything I’ve read for 2016 so far (60 books) and unless Elena Ferrante turns out to be a man, I’ve read just one book from a male author this year.
- There’s a bit of variety here! Historical romance, young adult, suspense/thriller, Swedish crime, literary fiction, fantasy, m/f romance, m/m romance, series, stand alone, etc. Hopefully something for everyone!
Hope you all had a Happy Easter! Looking forward to hopefully getting lots of recommendations from everyone’s posts.