Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite 5 stars!

Its another Tuesday and since i kind of suck at the moment with actual regular posting, I wanted to at least get the weeks post up. 


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Brokeandbookish.com, so clearly not my idea!


BUT i actually only have one 5 star read so far in 2016. I mean I read 20 books so far this year and just one of those was a 5 star and that was a re-read so i knew that that was going to be a 5 star read. 

What i am trying to say is that even thought this weeks topic is "10 of my most recent 5 star reads" i will chance that to "10 of my favorite 5 star reads" because problem describe just above. 


And lets be honest here, some of the books that we rate 5 stars to are great, fantastic even, but they are still not favorites. 
And then there are those books like for example for me that is Harry Potter, that are my favorite books and because of that they are five stars even if the actual book itself might not be perfect. 


And so of course there are those 5 star books that are favorites and those that are fantastic but not those that we have to re-read multiple times in our lives. 

I want to talk about those 5 star books that i just love. Luckily one of the books actually fits into the actual weeks topic over at brokeandbookish.com so i am not really actually cheating. At least not fully. Lets just go with this!



1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


This is my 2016 re-read and only 5 star book. I already re-read this book in January and then a Buddy-Read-Partner and I decided that we wanted to read that book together so i just re-started that book right after finishing it the first time this year. 
Which basically tells you anything and everything there is to say about this book, does it not?

If you have been living under a rock for the last few years, never visited a Book blog or Bootube before. Welcome, i hope you like it. Please read Rothfuss so that you can join the discussion and gushing about this book that exist basically everywhere where books exist. 

This book series is all about Kvothe and is life. He literary tells his life and we go along for the ride. And while that doesn't sound that interesting the writing style sucks you in and makes this book as wonderful as it is. Just give it a try. The story will suck you in and magically make you fly through the many pages!



2. The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers


I mean i will read "Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher" because this is a German Author and i actually have this book in German since it came out in 2004. And i think i read this book at least 10 times since then. 

This is a different book -as most of the books on this list are- it is told from a little Dragon who loves books and is a writer and wants to learn more about his Hero Author and so he visits the City of the Dreaming books to try and find something more about him. 

My edition -and i don't know if all of them have this but i know the pretty cover shown above does!- has little illustrations, and for example if the character blacks out, you get a black page instead of just being told that everything goes black. I don't know i love those kinds of little details and they are cute and entertaining and just... they give something to the book. 

It is also very lovely to read a book that is all about the love for books, no matter what form you come in. 

This book basically has everything. It is a fast read because it is targeted towards the younger adults but in no way childish, it has fantasy elements (duh! it is told from the perspective of a dragon!) and humor and different elements of literature and adventure. It is just.... a wonderful piece of literature!



3. Please Kill me: The Uncensored Oral history of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McChain


I talked about this book a few times before as well. I actually talked about all about those books on here before. 

But this is just another one of those very unique books and i never hear anyone else talk about it. 

This is a type of Biography where the authors gathered basically every interview of all the Punk Rock legends and wrote them together as if all those people sit together in a room and just talk about music and live and just... how it all started and of everything works together to make the Punk Rock History what it is. 

This is not for everyone, i understand that. Because not everyone loves the Sex Pistols, or the Remones, iggy Pop and Dee Dee and all those other famous punk rockers. But in a way those people put down the foundation of modern music, and that is just... fascinating. To me at least. 

Also McNeil and McChain both did a fantastic job with this book and how they wrote it together. So really if you have any interest in music? Try this completely different Biography and be charmed and maybe shocked what those Music legend went through in their lives. 


4. The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles


In many ways this is a book you have to read to understand how fantastic it is because the summary? doesn't sound anywhere near as wonderful as the book really is. 

Also if you are in search of a great Diverse book? This fits it rather perfectly. 
It is set in Brazil, one of the main character has a handy-cap and while it is fiction, there is also some true elements in the story. 

This is a Historical Adventure book that has family aspects and great cultural aspects.

 It is a book about family and love and live and survival. It is about understanding that no matter how many years go by if your sister needs you? Who cares how many years went by or how you left things. And i could relate to that rather strongly for some reason. Because really no matter how much i might not be in contact with someone from my family? If they would call and say: Come i need you. I would go, no matter what! Because they are my family and i know they all would do exactly the same for me. And seeing that in a book? Where sisters are so different but still clearly love each other no matter what? I loved that. 

I just... love this book and it is another one of those that is not talked about enough. 



5. Vicious by Victoria or V. E. Schwab


I just read this book last year and loved it so much that i can't wait to re-read this book. 

I love how realistically Schwab managed to make superpowers. How she managed to make the hero kind of a villain and the villain just logically enough to not make him completely bad. 

Also the characters are very unique and still working rather perfectly together. And while everyone has something good, all of them also have something bad. Which i think makes them very realistic. Because nobody is always good and i don't believe that someone is really capable of always being evil. 

I also am just slightly jealous of the superpower of not being able to feel pain, because as a chronicle pain patient? That is just the dream right there. 

I have no idea if Schwab is actually actively writing Vicious #2 or if she just wanted to leave that option open, i have no idea, but even as a stand alone this book is fantastic and just... if you haven't read the book yet? You should because it is wonderful and such a fantastic view into human nature, even with the supernatural aspects of the story. 






6. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Another book that i already raved about in quite a few TTT posts!
But it is just such a fantastic book and i don't understand why people don't love this book as much as i did and do every time i re-read it. Its such a uniquely written book and the story is fantastic. It just is... fantastically wonderful and should be loved more!
Also the cover is very fittingly beautiful to the story. 
Oh and this is a book about a lover of books and a writer that lives above an antique bookstore. Just saying. 





7. Gunslinger by Stephen King


This is the first book in the Dark Tower series and it is a fantastic fantasy series that i don't really get why this is not one of those favorites that people rave about. 
The story is unique, the writing wonderful, the characters very different and interesting and just.. it sucks you in and you want to see what Roland has to go through and if he actually survives all that. 
And this book is actually a really wonderful first book in a series. There is some world building, but it still has an actual storyline as well. 
It is very epic and very much a western, so if you are not into epic fantasy or have something against western? Don't read it. 
If those things don't stop you, what the heck are you waiting for?






8.  Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson 


This is a "Re-Telling" of Peter Pan and i put that in Quotation marks because it takes place in Neverland and it is about Tiger Lily -the Indian Girl if you did not know that- of the story, but it is completely different then the actual story. 

And honestly after finally reading Peter Pan last year? I kind of love this book even more because it is so much better! SO MUCH BETTER!

Anderson gave the story so much more then the well known story has. 

And while it is a YA fantasy story it still has so many adult and real aspects. It is a very honest story about a girl growing up and not really fitting in but still doing her best. 
I also loved that Peter in this story is very much the kind of person that i always saw him as when i read Peter Pan or saw one of the movies. 

I also love that this story is all about Tiger Lily and her live and how she grew up and lives her live, but it is all told from Tinkerbell's perspective, which is just a very nice spin on the overall book. 

I would really recommend this to just about everyone - just don't expect a nice and quiet Neverland story, because this is not it. 



9. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh


Another book i talked about here a few times. But this is really one of those books that i push on everyone that i know reads. 
And many people loved it. Some weren't as impressed, but others loved it as much as i did. 

I really loved the writing and the very different main character. It was such a realistic and honest story of a girl growing up in foster care and just not being cared for and having to figure out live without anyone having given her pointers or a guide to go by. 

I think that this is one of those books that really gives the reader a view into a different live that they most likely will not have experience, since most of us have had at least one parent figure that made sure we know basics before letting us go out into the world. The main character of this book did not have that and so she had to figure out all out herself. And as you might imagine that is not necessary the easiest of journeys but a beautiful one to follow. 

And while this book is all about this girl that tries to figure out live, it is also all about flowers and what the symbolism. because while this girl grew up with no people guiding her, she did grow up with flowers as her guide and quiet voice. Once you read this book i am sure that you will not look at flowers the same way, and maybe think about how good you actually had it. And who can say that about many books?



10. Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn 


This was one of my favorite series growing up. 
It takes place in Japan and is a fantasy story about a boy that grows up learning that he is not as typical as he expected. Which yes, i know is not necessary the most unique storyline in fantasy, but this is different and it involves the Japanese culture and lots of the typical samurai swords. Who doesn't want to learn more about Japanese culture and Samurais? 

And yes there are fictional aspects i am sure since this is a fictional story, but i do actually really learned a great deal of the Japanese basics from this book since i began to research the country after reading this series because i wanted to learn more about this country that before i read this book didn't know anything about. 

And while since i read this series for the first time i read quite a few fantasy books, i can say that i have not read something that is really all that similar to this book and the story that is told here. 

Its one of my favorite book/series growing up so really i shouldn't have to explain why i re-read it every once in a while and why i love it!





I can't wait to hear from you guys what you loved and rated highly this week. 
I would love to know if you read any of those books i listed here or if you plan to and just haven't gotten to it yet. 

Let me know, lets chat :)



Write more later.... 

Comments

  1. I'm with you 100% about The Gunslinger. I know it got rebranded the Dark Tower series about halfway through, but for me, it was always be the Gunslinger series - to prove my love, if you have time check out my review from a couple of years ago
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    1. Another person that read this series :) So happy to hear someone else love this series and appreciate it for what it is :)
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  2. I have a copy of The Name Of The Wind. I really need to try and find time for it at some point!

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    1. You really should. It is intimidating before you start but you will fly through this book that you won't even notice the page numbers :)
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  3. I just got my copy of "Vicious" signed and I'm so excited to read it!

    https://shelfpickings.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/top-ten-tuesdays-five-stars/

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    1. That is exciting :) I hope you will love the book :)

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  4. Great list! I absolutely loved The Name of the Wind, it's so different from everything else and SO good! I really loved The Thirteenth Tale as well, that was such a crazy read!

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    1. It is a beautiful book :) and you are right it is so different and fantastically good ;)
      and YEAY someone else loved the Thirteenth tale! So happy to hear that!
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  5. I have Vicious on my shelf but haven't read it yet. I just finished A Gathering of Shadows, so I want to pace myself with V.E. Schwab books because how awful would it be to run out of her books? Great list!

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    1. Vicious is really fantastic. I haven't gotten to A Gathering of Shadows and actually i have the same reason as you, i kind of want to savor her writing and books especially since i don't plan to read her YA stuff, so i kind of want to keep a bit of time between new books from her. So happy to hear someone else does that ;)
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  6. I've been wanting to read Moers' The City of Dreaming Books, happy to hear you enjoyed it! Yay for The Thirteenth Tale and The Name of the Wind and I have Vicious sitting on my TBR pile waiting to be read atm xD Great list!

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