Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/feature hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish. This is where you can share all of your bookish related lists with other list loving people! I always look forward to the different themes that are chosen each week. The topic today is ten of your most recent 5 star reads. I’ve been so excited about sharing this list because I love to talk about those books that hit me on such an insane level. I may not be as picky as some when it comes to giving out 5 stars, but I still believe that I am rather selective. I feel like a lot of the following books are ones that I seem to talk about a lot and mention in my lists here. I figured I’d go ahead and share them again anyway! One last thing: some of these haven’t been published yet, so look out for them in the next couple months or so.
1. Girl Against the Universe
This book doesn’t come out until May, but you need to keep an eye out for it! Honestly though, I understand that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea since it tackles the issue of mental illness. Going into it, I was expecting the book to be a lot darker than it actually was. The mental illness side of things was handled with sensitivity and it’s clear that Paula did careful research on the topic.
Why should you read it?
Sports, swoony book boyfriend, strong female friendships, awesome MC, nice parental figures, and a positive representation of therapy.
The first thing I have to mention is that despite the cover, there is NO love triangle in this book. I almost was scared off by the cover and didn’t read it, but I’m so glad that I gave it a shot anyway. This is hands down one of my favorite New Adult books. I think that it’s a great book to start with if this isn’t a genre that you normally read. It comes out in a few weeks so make sure to get a copy then!
Why should you read it?
Real protagonist, athletic love interest that is much more than just a jock, entertaining supporting characters, and a refreshing story that sends the message that it’s totally okay to be in college and not know what the hell you’re doing. I know it sounds like a simple concept that’s been done before, but trust me, it’ll likely blow you away. At least I hope it will!
3. Walk the Edge
I have never disliked any of Katie McGarry’s books. I’ve found that every single one of them has stuck with me in some way. However, I’ve only ever given them three and four stars. Walk the Edge is the first book of hers that I’ve given out five stars to, and obviously, I highly recommend it. It’s not all that different from her others, but I really am enjoying her new Thunder Road series so far. I think what really stuck with me is my own personal connection to the MC, Breanna. Besides, I honestly think Razor might just be my all time favorite McGarry boy. And if you’ve read any of her previous books, you know how tough of an honor that ultimately is. It’s out today, and you should definitely buy it!
4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
I haven’t stopped mentioning this book in these lists and just on my blog in general since I read it for the first time over a month ago. It was a huge reason why I couldn’t give any five stars out for a good month after I read it. It just took quite awhile for me to stop comparing every book I read to this incredible one. I don’t need to provide any reasons to read this because I feel like you should have totally read it by now!
5. The Revenge Playbook
I’ve talked about this one a lot, but I still feel like it’s a bit underrated. It’s such an amazing book that totally slays with great female friendships, it’s sex positive, and it also takes on the topic of slut shaming in a beautiful and well written way.
This doesn’t come out until the end of May, but I couldn’t resist reading it long before then. I love the strong summer vibe that the book clearly has. In real life, I’m not sure how well this plot would actually work out. But it’s just such a fun book that it really didn’t bother me at all. Basically, Aubree’s sister Elizabeth gets arrested and can’t go to this huge summer job of leading a senior citizen’s tour bus across Europe. So she has Aubree pretend to be her and guide the seniors. It’s a feel good book that is a quick and engaging read.
Why should you read it?
MC who doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, incredibly swoony romance, cute and memorable old people, and it’s a book that takes place during the summer, need I say more?
7. The Distance from A to Z
I’ve talked about this one enough, so I’ll just say that you need to buy it. The ebook is only $1.99, and it’s not a novella, this is a full length book. The romance between Abby and Zeke is ridiculously adorable, prepare to swoon.
8. The Score
While I do recommend reading the first two books in the Off Campus series first, this is easily my favorite of them. Dean might be portrayed as a manwhore, but we get to see a whole different side to him in this one, and I absolutely love it! I also don’t think I’ve ever read any other book that has easy and natural banter like this one does with Dean and his teammates.
9. Just Visiting
Dahlia Adler is an author that I’ve been mentioning like crazy here recently. Just Visiting is such a lovely book that deserves even more attention than it’s been receiving. I know many of the books I’ve listed have had incredible female friendships, but this one easily takes the top spot hands down!
10. Something Real
I was beyond late to the party with this one. I have no excuse as to why it took me so long to get around to reading this book. I had heard nothing but good things about it. I had already read Demetrios’s most recent novel, I’ll Meet You There, and I was completely blown away by it. So yeah, this one is such as amazing as everyone has said that it is. Patrick is such an amazing book boyfriend, I’m not over how great he was with Chloe throughout the book.
So there is my list for the week. What was on your list? I look forward to reading them and hopefully discovering some new recs. I hope you guys have a great rest of the week! 🙂