March 29: Top Ten Of My Most Recent Five Star Reads
The first thing you should know about me is that I rarely award books five stars (nine or ten out of ten); in fact in only nine of the 114 books I’ve read in the last 3.25 years I’ve awarded top marks to (I’m a harsh critic): therefore this list contains those nine books and my most recently read four star book.
1. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (March 2016)
This is an epic thriller which follows government agent (code name Pilgrim) across continents tracking a terrorist plot and unravelling a more intricately weaved web than even he thought possible.
2. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (January 2016)
Set in a high school during a mass-shooting, this hard-hitting YA novel is told through a number of perspectives. The characters are all connected, and not just by the event.
3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (November 2015)
The second book in The Hunger Games series, this installment sees Katniss and Peeta attempt to accept their new life post-games, but when President Snow is involved, things never go as planned.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (August 2015)
The fourth novel in the Harry Potter series, is full of adventure, magic and character development. It is the pivotal book where the wizarding world understand that darkness and death is on the rise once more.
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (June 2015)
Set in a futuristic United States, every year the twelve districts of Panem must offer up child tributes to fight to the death in a pageant of honour, glory and sacrifice.
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (October 2014)
The third novel in the Harry Potter series follows the escape of mass-murderer Sirius Black from wizard prison Azkaban, and he’s heading straight for Hogwarts and Harry.
7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (August 2014)
A beautiful love story, where one of the main characters happens to be a time traveler unable to control his ability. It follows Clare and Henry’s relationship over a 40 year period, jumping around in time – it’s marvellous.
8. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (June 2014)
J.K. Rowling’s first foray into crime fiction is superb, featuring a stellar cast of characters, an interesting plot and wonderful writing – would you expect anything less?
9. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (August 2013)
Picture a divided society where blacks and whites exist independently from one other, that is until an illicit love affair sparks political war and terrorism.
and my most recent four star read
10. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (January 2016)
A closeted gay high school student, Simon, is blackmailed by a frenemy. Simon’s secret shall be revealed to the entire school if he doesn’t help him with his own agenda.
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