I went back over my Goodreads list to see which of my most recent reads got five stars (I don’t give those things out lightly!). It was no surprise that 3 out of 5 were dystopian/futuristic/sci-fi books. What surprised me is that out of the 120 books I’ve read so far this year (!) only 20 have earned a five star rating. And within those 20 is a mix of realistic fiction for adults, YA and MG, as well as my beloved dystopian/futuristic/sci-fi titles. There’s still a month to go. I wonder how many more five star books I’ll find in that time?
The Pearl Wars (Skyship Academy #1) by Nick James
The voice of this character pulled me in from page 1. I absolutely adore Jesse. Great action, great pacing, great characters. And the crazy futuristic world he’s created? LOVE it. I can’t wait for book 2.
I hadn’t read any reviews of this book before I started so the twists and turns in the story were a complete surprise. I raced through this, breathless to see what would happen next. The only bummer — it’s part of a series. *sigh* I’m reading too many series books!!
Shine by Lauren Myracle (One of two realistic fiction titles on my list)
All I can say is that the National Book Awards people got it wrong. This was such an incredible book, such a moving story. It stayed with me for weeks. Loved it.
Expected publication: January 10th 2012 by Razorbill
I love this series, love that the world is so believable, love the characters and the obstacles they overcome. So imaginative, so awesome…SO SAD that I have to wait more than a year for the final book!!!
Write fast, Beth!!!
This book surprised me in so many ways. The writing is practically perfect. The characters, I loved. Watching the MC struggle with questions of religion and atheism and respecting his parents as he falls in love, grows apart from his friends and deals with betrayals — it’s all in there and written with such honesty and humor. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. And when I did have to step away to cook or pick the kids up from school, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I read it in a day.
So there you have it, five books that blew me away. Books that I keep telling people they have to read. What are some of the best books you’ve read recently?