If you haven’t ever noticed my rating descriptions over on the right hand side of my blog, take a minute to check that out. If you’re new here to Rhodes of Reading, first of all – HAAY! Now, feel free to check out my rating descriptions. Take your time. I can wait.
I’m not one of those people that rips books apart and expects perfection. I’m not a reviewer that rarely doles out a 5 star review. When a book thrills me, forces me to finish it in one day, or gives me the majority of the feels, you best believe I’mma give it 5 stars. When I love something, I love it and I believe it deserves all of the stars.
Here are five books that I awarded 5 star ratings to! You may or may not agree with my reviews and that’s okay. That’s what reading is all about – your interpretation. Sometimes a book just hits me at a certain time in my life and it meets me where I am. I may love a book 10x more because of the time that I read it than if I’d read it any other time. Does that make sense?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The first 5 star book that popped into my head was this work of art. Everything about it is brilliant, from the book jacket to the page color – everything. I really enjoyed Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy and this book takes place in the same world. You don’t have to have read her previous books to enjoy this one – the world and it’s magical elements are all explained. There may be a few references that you don’t understand, but it doesn’t impact your understanding of the plot in any way. I loved the writing style and the entire cast of characters. This was such a fun ride and I can’t wait for the sequel! (read my full review HERE)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book is a perfect example of me reading a book at just the right time to love it. Other people I know that have read this book maybe enjoyed it, but didn’t love it the way I did. It was just what I needed to pull me out of a reading slump and I finished it in a day. I raved about it and forced friends to read it, but they didn’t love it as much as me. I’m okay with that. (read my full review HERE)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This is a book that deserves all the stars and awards and accolades and everything. This book is wonder-ful because it is completely necessary. As a teacher, this book spoke to me on a level that a non-teacher may not connect with. But I strongly believe everyone can make a connection to these characters and this storyline – students, parents, teacher, general human beings. It’s a story of reality, hope, and joy, and I will forever love it. (read my full review HERE)
Cress by Marissa Meyer
If you’re not new here, you know that I always talk about The Lunar Chronicles. I know you’re probably tired of it, but I certainly am not. Of the series, Cress may just be my favorite. This book had more heart and substance than the other books in the series did and the tone was a bit different, as well. I enjoyed every second of this book. I laughed, I cried, I tensed up, I relaxed – it’s the whole package. (read my full review HERE)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this book when I first picked it up, but I was quickly drawn in. The world building is so beautiful and a little bit different from all the other dystopian options out there. I found it to be unpredictable and totally engrossing. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I haven’t read the second book, yet, but I’d like to! (read my full review HERE)
What are some of your 5 star favorites? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn