Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Five-Star Reads


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Recent Five-Star Reads


1. Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee

maybe a fox

I sobbed from cover to cover (and that isn’t revealing any plot details)! I cared deeply about the characters in this book and love the way it is written.

2. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

not if I see you first

This is a fantastic story. It taught me so much of the frustrations I might encounter if I was blind. The story is very well-written, and it made me think about people differently.

3. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margarita Engle

Enchanted Air

This lyrical text is receiving a lot of praise, and the praise is spot on. I loved reading this book in verse and learned so much about the Missile Crisis.

4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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I think I might be cheating by including this book because I read the ARC a few months ago, but it just came out! This book is absolutely phenomenal. It ranks in my favorite books of all time.

5. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick

finding winnie

I was inspired to read this book after it won the Caldecott. I read it with my aunt in the bookstore, and after we finished, she said, “We have to buy this book, Ricki.” So I broke my rule about not buying books because this particular book is very special. I needed to own it! We will be reviewing it tomorrow!


I just went through my Goodreads list and picked the last five 5-star reads!

1. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

honest truth

I’m so glad that I had this on my #mustreadin2016 list and that I chose it for my school’s first teacher book club. I think it has so much to talk about and think about. It is a heart-breaking yet touching story.

2. Alamo All-Stars by Nathan Hale


I love this series. Nathan Hale has a way of making history come alive and adds humor (without being too inappropriate!).

3. Booked by Kwame Alexander


In my opinion, Booked is just as good as The Crossover. It is rhythmic, easy to connect with, and just plain real.

4. Rescued by Eliot Schrefer


Eliot Schrefer knows how to craft a story. His writing just pulls you in and spits you out. You are in his books while you are reading them and don’t want to leave until it is over.

5. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

salt to sea

Ruta Sepetys’s ability to craft a historical fiction novel is just awe inspiring. She gives people of the past a voice again.

Which recent books did you read and love?

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