Top Ten Tuesday (#20)

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This week’s theme: Top 10 of My Recent 5-PENGUIN Reads

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Top Ten of My Recent 5 star PENGUIN Reads

Plus a small glimpse at WHY they got 5 penguins from me.

A Monster Calls

oh PENGUINS, this book hurt!; I understand why so many people cry while reading, I almost did myself; beautiful prose; lots of nods to oral narratives/origin stories; the voices are clear and haunting; the “reveal” at the end wasn’t quite what I was expecting; this book broke me so hard

The Forbidden Wish

an inventive retelling…with a slight character twist; THIS is the story of Aladdin I’ve been dying to read for years (without knowing it, of course); awesome, emotionally-charged action and a heady, over-the-moon sort of love; poetic, beautiful prose; so many twists and creative additions to genie/jinn lore; I LOVED this book!

The Cresswell Plot

OHMAHGOSH, ohmahgosh, this book is insanely intense; I took a huge step out of my comfort zone for this read—and am so glad I did!; lots of plot twists and moments that caught me off-guard; lots of pretty, “makes you think” moments; the prose is beautiful and well-done; the characters are vibrant and unique; the plot is action-packed and full of mystery from the beginning; THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD!

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)

lyrical, beautiful prose; TONS of character growth and wise-reaching moments; the whimsy in this read is FANTASTIC; the characters are well-rounded and entertaining; the plot is action-packed and fast; there was one huge plot-twist I didn’t see coming; overall, plot twists were not an integral part of this read; the descriptions are poetic and easy-to-imagine

Touch

Natalia Jaster, you’ve broken me again!; this is an awesome, inventive, beautiful retelling; the characters are quirky, flawed in all the right ways, and well-rounded; the love story is gorgeously paced; the mystery and flair for drama throughout lends a ton of action and adventure to the plot; this read is a TON of fun

Symptoms of Being Human

good god this book!; realistic, endearing, believable characters; lots of angst, drama, and confusion; delicious ambiguity; yet another book that will change your view of the world; this novel is SO IMPORTANT; well-written, sensitive, and amazing

The Love That Split the World

strong story-telling; huge nods to oral narratives and origin/creation stories; OMG, the 91% mark!; gut-wrenching, can’t-catch-your-breath, want-to-throw-your-Kindle revelations; huge personality, unique twists, quirky and awesome characters; diverse read

The Gracekeepers

lyrical, poignant writing; an intriguing, unique sort of dystopia; imaginative, vivid world-building and imagery; heavy, emotional prose; unexpected, surprising twists; small snippets of a lot of different perspectives woven into the two main ones—and it works; endearing, complex characters; lots to love in this read

Grayling's Song

spunky characters; a plot twist I didn’t see coming; dark, atmospheric, and gorgeous writing; entertaining, often laugh-out-loud scenes coupled with huge adventure and action

Trick

life ruiner; diverse read; the prose is poetic and gorgeous; endearing, adorable, snarky characters; this read tackles a heavy-handed, emotional subject with sensitivity and care; realistic romance, very human situations/reactions; this book breaks you apart and puts you back together again a different reader

And that’s it!

Have you guys read any of these?  Do you agree or disagree with my rating for them?  Let me know you thoughts!  Also, feel free to link me to your own TTT in the comments.

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#20)

  1. There’s a few on here that I really want to get to. I’ve never heard of Trick before but it sounds so interesting and different! Definitely added on to my TBR. ❤

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    • Oh, you should definitely at the very least give it a shot! It’s SO SO good–and broke me into about a bajillion tiny pieces, but that’s beside the point to book addicts right?! I have seen some mixed reviews on it, though, so…just something to keep in mind, I guess it’s not for everybody? Haha thanks so much for stopping by!

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