Top Ten Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads.

For this post, I opened up my Goodreads to My Books and sorted my Read shelf by date read.  Then I looked and pulled the first 10 books to come up that I rated 5 stars.  My 10 come from December through March.  I did not include any of my audiobook rereads though.  These are all books that I read physical copies of for the first time.


  • Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz – If you pay any attention to my blog at all, you will know how much I love this book!  I’m currently re-reading it for the 3rd time and loving it all over again.
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – This book  was so cute!  I loved Isla and Josh and their story.  Plus I also loved having the characters from the other two books included in the story.
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon – My love for the Outlander series knows no bounds.  The 5th book in the series was so good and filled with so many of the things that I love about this series.  Plus you just can’t go wrong with James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – This book was awesome!  I was in the mood for an exciting thriller and this book totally delivered!
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover – My first full length CoHo book made me an instant fan of her writing.  This was so much more than just a romance.


  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – After reading November 9, I hoped that any of her books I read after that wouldn’t let me down… and she pulled through.  Ugly Love was even better than November 9!
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – This book totally blew me away.  I finally posted my review of it yesterday and immediately wanted to start reading it again.  SO GOOD!
  • Game by Barry Lyga – Sometimes it is hard to find a sequel that is as good or better than the first book.  But Game was exactly that.  So much better than the first book, I Hunt Killers!  This took the thrill from the first book and amplified it x10!
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – This book was fantastic.  The characters and the writing were so real!  This book broke my heart and put it back together again.
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I had read an advance excerpt of this awhile ago but finally got around to reading the full book earlier this month.  It was so good!  I couldn’t put it down.  I loved the two main characters and the entire world that the author built.  I can’t wait to read more in this series in the future.


What are some of your most recent 5 star reads?


February Book Haul

March is finally here and spring is one step closer!  This morning I woke up to more snow, not much but enough to make me groan.  I miss green grass and leafy trees.

I’ve been trying very hard to significantly lessen the amount of books I buy every month and I have to say I am very proud of myself for how small my haul is this month.  Especially compared to last month’s 70+ book haul!  Yikes!


This month, I ended up with only 13 books!  And two of them were giveaways!  I was really only planning to purchase my two pre-order books but a couple of things came up that I couldn’t pass up.


First off, we have the two giveaway books!  I was SO SO SO excited to get both of these in the mail!  I couldn’t believe I won!  The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson is a finished hardcover and Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace is an ARC.  I am really looking forward to reading them both soon.


Next up are the TWO books that were in the February OwlCrate!  That’s right, this time around there were two books!  The theme for the month was SciFi Love.  The newly released YA book was The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry and the second book was The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.


Then we have my two February pre-orders.  I am not normally a fan of short stories but I will read anything Marissa Meyer puts out about the Lunar Chronicles!  I still haven’t read it yet (oops) but hope to this month.  Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard is the other pre-order.  I also haven’t read this one yet but hope to get to it soon.  My goal with my future pre-orders (because there are a lot) is to read them right after I get them so they are not sitting around for months.


The first set of unplanned book buys for the month was a small order from Thrift Books.  I lost my copy of The Princess Bride years ago and finally decided to replace it with this gorgeous edition.  Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie Macdonald was a book highly recommended to me.  And I loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower so I finally decided to add that to my collection.


And when A Gathering of Shadows was released there was SO MUCH stuff going around about how utterly amazing this series is so I broke down and bought these two hardcovers from Barnes and Noble.  AGOS is a signed edition, too so that’s pretty cool!


Our local Kmart is finally closing it’s doors and they have been having their storewide closeout sales going on for a few weeks now.  I ended up getting this hardcover for a few dollars.


And last but not least, I finally added the Outlander short stories to my collection!  I just got it in the mail last night and was so excited!  I will be diving back into the Outlander world this month with A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

So that is my book haul for February!  I am actually really looking forward to my book hauls being smaller than they have been.  Throughout the rest of the year I hope to only go with the books I have pre-ordered.  There is at least one for almost every month from now until the end of the year.



The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

685376The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Published October 1st 2002 by Delta (first published November 6th 2001)

979 Pages

Goodreads Summary: New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon mesmerized readers with her award-winning Outlander novels, four dazzling tales featuring eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall. Now, in this eagerly awaited fifth volume, Diana Gabaldon continues their extraordinary saga, a masterpiece of pure storytelling that is her most astonishing Outlander novel yet….

The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’ s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.


The book picks up right where we left off in Drums of Autumn at the Gathering.  There are so many crazy things that happen throughout this book.  While it wasn’t as good as Outlander, Voyager or Drums of Autumn, I would rate it above Dragonfly In Amber.  Certain characters return to the story.  New characters are introduced.  Bad things happen to beloved characters (no, I’m not saying which ones!).  Just like in books 1-4, don’t get too comfortable when all seems to be going well for the main characters.

Diana Gabaldon is a master.  Just when you think you read a seemingly irrelevant plot line, she turns around and brings it back to circle to another plot line.  I love how intricate her plot lines are and how she ties everything together.  Like I said… MASTER.

The more I read of Brianna, Roger, and Jemmy, the more I love these characters.  Jemmy is adorable and it has been a riot “watching” him start to grow up.  Cutest little family award goes to the Mackenzies!

And Jamie and Claire… I am still so completely and utterly in love with these two.  I absolutely adore how much they are still in love with each other!  Any time Jamie makes a declaration of love to Claire, I swoon.  I mean who wouldn’t want a man to say this…

I love you, a nighean donn.  I have loved ye from the moment I saw ye, I will love ye ’til time itself is done, and so long as you are by my side, I am well pleased wi’ the world.

I am really looking forward to seeing where the next book takes the Frasers and Mackenzies.

5 Stars

WWW Wednesday – November 4, 2015

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?


I have finished some great ones since my last WWW Wednesday post two weeks ago.  My reading slump is officially over!  I’ve been listening to audiobooks all day long at work so even though both of these Outlander audiobooks are long, I’ve been finishing about one per week.  I finally finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and it was fantastic!  I am going to be a very impatient person until the sequel is released.  I also started and finished my October OwlCrate book which was A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.  I really liked it, especially towards the last half of the book when things really picked up!  I would love to see more of both Grace and Dr. Thornhollow.


In my October #OTSPSecretSister package, she sent me the book I needed to complete my Rainbow Rowell collection.  And not only that but she had it signed and personalized!  As soon as I finished AMSD I absolutely had to start Attachments.  I am less than 100 pages away from finishing it and I am completely in love with it.  It’s even pushing to the top and bumping E&P out of my #1 Rainbow Rowell book spot.  I’ll definitely be finishing it later today.  And now that I am caught up on the Outlander audiobooks (I only wanted to listen to the ones I have physically read for a recap before starting book 5), I decided to listen to Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  It’s one of my favorites and I haven’t read it in SO long.  This one is super long so it will probably take me a week and a half at least.


When I finish Attachments later today I will be moving on to Paperweight by Meg Haston (which was my September book from my #OTSPSecretSister).  I am really looking forward to it!  After Paperweight will be Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, and then See Me by Nicholas Sparks.  It’s a good thing that I made an extras list for this month’s TBR because I am blowing through my list rather quickly.

What have you been reading lately?

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel


The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

Published September 21st 2010 by Del Rey

224 Pages

Goodreads Summary: After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland—but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie’s late parents he’d watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There’s already a fat bounty on the young exile’s head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who’s crossed paths—and swords—with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew’s loyalty—or his life—and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who’d sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum’s heir.

And then there is Claire Randall—mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie’s life to stir his  compassion . . . and arouse his desire.

But even as Jamie’s heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she’s been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can’t believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere.

Step into the captivating, passionate, and suspenseful world of The Exile, and experience the storytelling magic of Diana Gabaldon as never before.

Review:  I have to say that this is probably one of my favorite graphic novels that I have ever read.  While Outlander is told from Claire’s perspective, The Exile is mostly from Murtagh’s perspective.  It was really interesting seeing Jamie return to Scotland.  I also really enjoyed seeing more from Murtagh’s perspective.  He is one of my favorite characters.  He believes that Claire has been sent through the stones by the Old Ones.  There is also an intriguing side storyline about Geilis Duncan and another man that came through the stones.  The illustrations are beautiful.  The book ends about when Claire makes the decision not to return to her time and runs back to Jamie.  Also, at the end, Diana Gabaldon writes a “Making of…” section that was very interesting.  I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Outlander series, books and/or show.

Here are a couple of glimpses at the inside!

Murtagh bringing Claire to Dougal

Murtagh bringing Claire to Dougal

Jamie and Claire's wedding

Jamie and Claire’s wedding

5/5 Stars