Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog.
This week’s topic is: Throwback Freebie, so I’ve decided to feature Ten Books I Gave Five Stars to in the Last Five Years*.
I tried to include an eclectic mix of five-star reads. I also tried to choose books I haven’t yet talked about on this blog. I can’t help but wonder if I would still give all of these five stars if I read them again today…
How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman
This was one of the most readable non fiction history books I’ve come across. Goodman expertly brings to life all aspects of the Victorian era, covering the interesting minutiae of everyday life. How to Be a Victorian is like the perfect armchair time travelers guide!
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I still find myself thinking about this post-apocalyptic novel. I was blown away by Emily St. John Mandel’s stunning prose and her interwoven narratives. I just wish I hadn’t read it during flu season! I’m still a little traumatized…
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
Denfeld’s magical realism novel about a death-row prison is hauntingly beautiful. I didn’t expect to fall as hard as I did for this bleak yet impactful tale.
The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
I really enjoyed this lesser-known Heyer novel. I loved the central romance and the “more mature” heroine. The main misunderstanding/romantic obstacle was also ridiculously funny.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I remember being completely transported into the surreal world of The Night Circus. Morgenstern’s magical setting was evocative and enthralling. I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough.
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
I have a soft spot for Kate Morton’s dual timeline historical fiction novels, and The House at Riverton is no exception. I loved getting lost in her 1920’s setting, and unraveling the mysterious fates of her tragic characters.
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
This massive historical fiction tome left me completely enthralled. I loved Michel Faber’s gritty take on Victorian London, as well as his complex (and often downright unlikable) characters. The story went in directions I didn’t expect, and left me wanting more.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This is such a lovely and odd book. Walton has created a unique and unsettling story with vivid prose and unforgettable characters. I didn’t think this would live up to the hype, but I absolutely adored The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows, and can’t wait to read it again.
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
This suspenseful campus novel had me on the edge of my seat. I loved how Pessl structured her narrative around a made-up literature syllabus, as well as all of the academic and literary details she scattered throughout. It gave me similar vibes as The Secret History, one of my all-time favorites.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
This is such a fun and dramatic classic featuring one of my favorite feminist characters. I flew through The Woman in White and was thoroughly entertained from the first page to the last. I can’t wait to watch the upcoming BBC adaptation-maybe I’ll even attempt to reread the book beforehand.