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10 of My Recent Favourite 4 and 5 Star Reads

As always, Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish 🙂

While I easily give books 4-star ratings (anything from 3.5 to 4.5 gets 4-stars on my GR), I reserve 5-stars to books that I not only love, but loved in an extremely personal, biased manner. Because of this, I don’t encounter 5-star books as easily, so instead this will be my top ten best books I’ve rated with a 4-or-5-star recently:

seven black diamonds heir of fire all of the above Paper Menagerie gena finn
groot popkiss hunger makes me a modern girl winter a little life

Seven Black Diamonds, Melissa Marr
4-stars. I haven’t read Melissa Marr in a LONG time, and that combined with the fact that I’m weak against fairy stories means this gets on my list. Reading Wicked Lovely started me on a fairy reading phase when it first came out, and this book made me want to reread all the books I’ve accumulated during that time… if only I had the time for rereading right now!

Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas
All of the Throne of Glass books I’ve read so far range from 3.5 to 4.5 stars, and Heir of Fire is my absolute favourite… so far. I’ve yet to read Assassin’s Blade, which collects the novellas, and there are two more upcoming titles in the series, but I have a feeling that this will be the high point of the series for me, personally. Because (1) it introduces – and develops – Manon, who quickly became one of my favourite fictional characters, and (2) it was mostly devoid of Celaena’s romantic entanglements, which I really could do without in this series.

All of the Above, James Dawson
I actually gave 5-stars to this one, because (1) Daisy, and (2) Daisy. And (3), Daisy. Each of my Daisy mentions are really about different things that I related to on a very personal level.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu
This is a 4.5 – I absolutely loved it, but not in that crazy indiscriminate manner I love, say, all the Diana Wynne Jones ever written. But that’s okay, because this is still a really good book that I will happily recommend to anyone and everyone who likes speculative fiction.

Gena/Finn, Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
The funny thing is, while I rated it 4-stars, this IS a book that was highly personal to me. It captured being a fan, and fandom, and especially being a fanfic writer and connecting with other fans, so well. But the fact that the story wasn’t really a love story between Gena and Finn, like the synopsis suggested, disappointed me enough to dock a star from my rating.

Groot, Jeff Loveness and Brian Kesinger
I rarely give comics more than 3 or 4 stars, but this was a 5-star to me, because I am just really into everything Groot (and Rocket).

Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records, Michael White
A 5-star for me. I’m in love with everything I’ve heard by Sarah Records and I’ve wanted to know more about them and their bands for a long time (I’ve read all the stuff online more than a dozen times), so I found this book absolutely perfect.

Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein
Another 5-star title – I guess it’s easier for me to rate non-fiction with 5-stars? Or perhaps it’s just that I was so lucky to have two titles about the music and people whose works meant so much to me throughout high school. Sleater-Kinney was definitely one of the bands that helped me get through high school.

Winter, Marissa Meyer
A 4.5 – a nearly perfect ending for a nearly perfect series.

A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
A 5-star book for me. I don’t know why I reacted so personally to a book about four dudes, but I really did, and that added to the fact that my sister passed away almost right after I read it, made it stand out as the last book I read as the person I used to be, before.

What are your recent 4/5-star reads?