It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by the broke and the bookish. Each week, there’s a different topic. Come up with your list of top ten, post it, and then add to the link at b&b’s masterpost, then bounce around and see other people’s lists.
This week’s theme was Top Ten of My Most Recent 5-Star (or 1-Star) Reads, but I haven’t given any books those ratings yet (not on this blog, at least). So I’m giving you my Top Five Recent* Book Wows and Top Five Recent Book Disappointments.
*Please note, due to trying to keep things recent, I kept it to books I’ve read this year. So things that otherwise might have made this list didn’t and books that might otherwise have been left off made it.
Recent Disappointments (from most recent to least):
1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
My expectations weren’t that high to begin with considering the mixed reviews I heard about it, but I really did hope this would be better than it ended up being. Still a chilling concept and some interesting twists.
2. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
A book I thought I would love but only ended up liking due to the baggage I brought with me (my view of the Greco-Roman gods vs Brodsky’s view of them were very not compatible at times). I would still recommend this one to people interested in modern-day Greek gods.
5. The Alpha and His Ace by Ana J. Phoenix
This book just reminded me why I don’t usually read romances. There was nothing new besides having one of the main characters be an asexual person. Woo.
Recent Wows (from most recent to least):
1. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
I’m always a bit leery of books about books and bookstores, especially after a couple of disappointments, but this was truly a charming read and I enjoyed the contrast between books and modern tech. Slow beginning, but interesting commentary.
2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
I’d been enjoying the Throne of Glass series, but the third book was a bit iffy for me. So it was with great pleasure that I found QoS return to what I liked and then give me more that I liked. There were problems, yes, but all of my worries after Heir of Fire were soothed.
3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I didn’t exactly like the Grisha trilogy, but Six of Crows fixed everything I didn’t like, kept everything I did, and went so much farther I can’t even. Love this book.
4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m getting sick of post-apocalypse stories, so I went into Station Eleven cautiously. And I loved it! The societies that had sprung up made a lot of sense, and the novel’s arc words – because survival is insufficient – have resonated with me since I saw the Star Trek episode they’re originally from (Star Trek: Voyager, “Survival Instinct”)
5. Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
I don’t often read mysteries not for any particular reason but just because. But I’m so glad I saw this on Girl of 1000 Wonders’ blog because it was cute and the setting was perfect for me – theater and baking. So for something that I was expecting to be a ‘read and done’, this made a bit more of an impact on me. If only Alexander included the recipe for lime and mint cupcakes… *sigh*