My Opinion on Your Last 5 Star Read

There I was, all geared up to tell you all my last five star reads. I’d even started the post. Then I posed the question of everyone’s last five star read to Instagram and Twitter. Normally this is just me shouting into the void of social media but this time the void called back.

With an influx of replies I suddenly felt compelled to do something with them. So here I am rewriting the post. Sadly we went slightly over the 10 limit for Top Ten Tuesday but what can I say, you ask book Twitter for books and you get lots of replies. Here’s your last five star read, what I thought of them and if they’re on my tbr.


First list: The Ones going on the TBR

  • The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle – This has been on my tbr for ages, it sounds amazing! So glad it’s as good as I hoped.
  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson – I feel like this one was once on my tbr and has just disappeared into the ether of books I’ve forgotten existed…
  • ARC- The Familiar Dark – I’ll look out for this when it’s published!
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – Another novel that, at some point, I stuck on my tbr but don’t really remember why, what it’s about or even that it existed. Oops.
  • Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath. It’s one of those mini books from Faber, so effectively a short story. An excellent one. – Ooh I want to read more short stories! Just added to the tbr.
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (a reread because I love it) – I always wonder about Gillian Flynn novels, they sound good but also scary and I’m never sure if they’ll be my thing.
  • Pretending by Holly Bourne!! – The amount of explanation marks in this one tells me it’s good. Holly Bourne is a big name in YA but I’ve never really read her stuff (please, read above for my comments on romance).
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved before 🥰 it was too cute – I loved the Netflix adaption! It’s so cheesy and so cute, and the fashion is just on point. I am not sure about the book because I tend to not enjoy romance but really want to know what happens next!
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter – This sounds so good! Just added to the tbr.
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – I’ve seen this all over Bookstagram! Again, not a big romance reader so not sure it’s my thing, although I’m going to
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – This one has been teetering on the edge of my tbr for a while.
  • Educated by Tara Westover – I really want to read this! So glad its a five star read!
  • Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith – This looks so funny! I’ve not read the author before but he was on Twitter timeline a lot, possibly because
  • The Sister’s grimm – I’d not heard of it but it sounds good!
  • Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith – People clearly want me to read this one…
  • Crossfire by Malorie Blackman, left me on the edge of my seat and begging for more. 5th book in the Naughts and Crosses series – I really like Noughts and Crosses but read it years ago and found it a bit childish for me. I don’t know that I want to pick up the rest of the series….
  • Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo – Urg these have been on my tbr forever. Hoping to start Shadow and Bone next month!
  • Truly Devious ✨ – On the TBR! And strangely enough one someone on Instagram said was a five star read too!
  • Royals by Rachel Hawkins – I can’t tell if I’ve heard the title before or if I’m just thinking of a song…
  • The Four Profound Weaves by RB Lemberg !! – The !! tell me it’s good but yet I’ve never heard of it.
  • Daisy Jones and The Six! Literally just finished 😍– Urg this has been on my radar for so long, I should really get to reading it.
  • Such a fun Age – I’ve seen this in the shops and it’s definitely teetering! Not sure it’s my thing.
  • Heartstopper – Everyone seems to love these and I’m not even sure if they’re comics or novels. I’ll keep an eye out for them.
  • daisy jones and the six – This one keeps haunting me! I’ll get to it soon.
  • I have been reading so many mediocre books lately that I don’t even remember! I think it was “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” though. – Making an appearance again
  • Red white & Royal Blue. – Again, romance is not my thing, although everyone seemed to love this novel.
  • Where the crawdads sing by delia Owens – I have no idea what this is about but I really want to read it! Just because it’s everywhere.
  • Just finished A Wicked king by Holly Black. I’d put off reading the series for so long but it is awesome!!!! – SAME. I am not sure if the series is just overhyped at this point tbh. I’ll try and give it a go.

And the Ones I’ve Never Heard Of

  • Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
  • Ink in the Blood
  • The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag
  • Fifty-fifty; steve Cavanagh (I did watch the TV show as a kid so half a point?)
  • The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
  • Ayesha at Last! – Not heard of this one!
  • Five feet apart – Or this one.
  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – Not heard of it…
  • “If Cats Disappeared from the World” 🐱 Loved it so much! – I thought this was a Netflix movie? Maybe I made that up. Either way not sure it’s my sort of thing.
  • Second Sister – Yeah, never heard of it.
  • When I hit you by Meena Kanadasamy
  • Freedom Soup by Tami Charles
  • Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  • Things my Son needs to Know about the World it’s light and funny!
  • Black Girl Unlimited🙌🏻
  • The Silent Patient was my last 5 star read ❣️
  • Get a Life Chloe Brown. Just finished it the other day and loved it
  • Snow, Dog, Foot by Claudio Morandini (translated by J. Ockenden)
  • The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
  • Melmoth by Sarah Perry
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi.
  • The Winternight Trilogy 🌬🔥🍃❄️
  • Malice by John Gwynne!
  • Stone Cold Heart By Caz Frear
  • Steel Crow Saga!
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman!
  • Rage of Dragons
  • Age of Death
  • Foundryside
  • Changeling
  • The Wise Man’s Fear
  • Make your own luck
  • Don’t Think a Single Thought
  • The Sky Is Mine
  • Issue 4 of the dollhouse family
  • The Hunt
  • The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
  • The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev
  • House of Earth and Blood!
  • The Wives!
  • Love Lettering
  • Sadie, The Nowhere Girls and The Female of the Species. (I can’t tell if these are multiple books or not so just going to put them in one…)

And Finally….. The Ones I’ve Actually Read!

  • A Conjuring of Light– yesssss 100% a 5 star read for me too.
  • One Of Us Is Next – 100% can recommend, I think I gave it 4 stars? I liked it but found the first one a bit more captivating. I think it took too long for people to clock there had actually been a murder which made the novel less tense.
  • Muse of Nightmares – I have mixed feelings on this. I think Laini Taylor used rape to make character’s backstories sad way too much, because it is a serious crime that she just glossed over. And also found it very creepy at times. I’d give it 3 maybe even 2 stars looking back.
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama – 100% agree this is definitely five stars. It’s so engaging and well written and will leave you with lots to think about.

Mmmh yeah, giving my opinions on your five star reads may have failed slightly. It’s clear I need to just read more books.

Anyway, if your reply doesn’t appear on my list it may be because WordPress did crash earlier because my lists were a tad too massive and random ones were deleted. And if you answered me on Instagram I replied in my story instead.

What’s on your Top Ten Tuesday? Did you actually follow the prompt? What was your last five star read and have you read any of these? Would love to hear from you in the comments! I’ll be back later in the week with the review I have been meaning to put up for far too long.