Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read Recently

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Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads or Top Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently. Since I rarely give a book a 5 star rating, I’m going with the latter.

I’ve added some stipulations for this list. I didn’t include sequels and if the book made it onto last week’s list of books I loved but don’t talk about enough, I kept it off this list in order to avoid repetition (I also held some of these books off last week’s list because I knew I’d be talking about them this week).

  1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – This book got me out of the reading slump I’ve been in the last couple months. It’s a great fantasy with a little bit of Oceans Eleven mixed in. I loved it.
  2. The Witches, Salem 1962 by Stacey Schiff – Thankfully this book was just as good as I was hoping it would be. I couldn’t wait to read Schiff’s account of the Salem Witch Trials, given my personal connection to that piece of history. I found Schiff’s writing style and extensive research made for an interesting read.
  3. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher – I’m a huge fan of Butcher’s Dresden Files, so I couldn’t resist reading the first novel in his new steampunk series. The world Butcher has created is huge, and I really had a lot of fun reading this book. I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here.
  4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This is probably one of my favorite YA novels of last year. I loved the multi-media aspect of the book – the fact that it’s told as a collection of recovered documents, transcripts, etc. instead of in the standard novel format.
  5. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin – I haven’t read many middle grade novels, but this one was terrific. It was heartfelt, and honest and I loved the protagonist.
  6. The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick – This book reminded me a lot of Sarah Addison Allen’s novels; a light, fun and easy read with just the right amount of magical realism thrown in. The fantastical elements made this a really pleasant read and it’s a perfect book for fall (not that you should wait until then to read it if you you’re interested).
  7. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – I usually prefer my YA reading with some sort of fantasy/scifi aspect to it, but I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the characters and the story. If you’re a fan of John Green, I highly recommend this book, which I found even better than The Fault in Our Stars.
  8. Armada by Ernest Cline – This may not have quite lived up to Ready Player One, but I still really enjoyed Cline’s follow-up. It was engaging and fun, and a great read for nerds like me. Sure, at times it felt like he may have been trying to hard to put those references in there, but they still made it a lot of fun.
  9. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – This was probably one of my favorite reads of 2015. I loved this book about a man who decides to take his floating bookshop on a trip. I loved the characters and the references to books. This is a great read for booklovers like me.
  10. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller – This was an interesting read; it’s different from the post-apocalyptic fiction I’m used to reading, but I still really enjoyed it.

There’s some of the best books I’ve read recently. What books are on your list?

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read Recently

    Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews said:
    March 30, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Yay for Illuminae! That was on my TTT too. I’m also very interested in everything about The Salem Witch Trials so I added The Witches, Salem 1962 to my TBR! Thank you for mentioning that or I may not have known it even existed.

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      CJ Dawn responded:
      March 30, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      If you’re interested in the Witch Trials then I definitely recommend that book. It’s told like a narrative, not a history text and it was really well-written.


    bftreviews said:
    March 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Illuminae was really good 🙂 I’m glad it made your list!
    My TTT

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    Carrie said:
    March 29, 2016 at 10:42 am

    ooo I love Sarah Addison Allen – will definitely have to check out the Sparrow Sisters! Thanks for stopping by My TTT, CJ!

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    The Charmed Reader said:
    March 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    The Lies of Locke Lamora has been on my TBR for a long time now, but the only book I’ve read was Illuminae. I really liked it as well!

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    Erika @ said:
    March 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I have an ARC of The Witches that I still haven’t gotten too! Glad to see it on your list – hopefully I’ll manage to find time to read it soon.

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      CJ Dawn responded:
      March 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

      It’s not necessarily a quick read – it took me a while since the material is a little denser than a novel – but I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too!

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    Barb(boxermommyreads) said:
    March 29, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I still need to read The Sparrow Sisters. I am sure I will love it from the sounds of it, I just haven’t made time yet.

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      CJ Dawn responded:
      March 29, 2016 at 9:59 am

      It was such a fun read, I hope you enjoy it when you do get to it!


    SciFi and Scary said:
    March 29, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Illuminae is a great book. That’s the only one on your list I’ve read, though! I tend to go a bit towards other genres 😉 My TTT

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      CJ Dawn responded:
      March 29, 2016 at 10:01 am

      I didn’t recognize many of the books on your list either, though there are a few I’m curious about now! Especially The Immortals.

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