Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Recent Reads


Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list our recent 5-star reads.

Since I rarely classify books as 5-stars, let’s face it, no book is perfect, I am instead going to list the top ten books I read and loved recently.


  1. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson – This book was sitting on my shelf for ages. I don’t know why I never picked it up before (probably the gloomy cover did not attract me), but once I started reading it, I loved this slow, melancholic tale about life and racism in a small town in America. Here’s a teaser from the book.
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir – Loved the humor in this book. A funny read was not what I was expecting when I picked this book up, but the self-deprecating humor in this book totally slayed me.
  3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Fun YA Fantasy novel, a little predictable but I loved some of the main characters (read heroes), and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
  4. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – It’s a sad book true, but I liked how well it was written, and yes, it had me sobbing in the end.
  5. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – I can’t say I totally loved this book. There were some slow sections, but there must have been something very interesting about this book, because I went out and picked the first book in the series – The Cuckoo’s Calling, and am totally immersed in it. I see myself going all the way with this series.
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  7. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch and Michael Connelly back to their near best (after a series of misses). There was nothing to dislike in this one.
  8. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel – Loved this book, loved the writing style, loved Cromwell, loved everything. Can’t wait to get to the next one in this series.
  9. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – This was my first experience reading Sarah Waters books’ and even though it had its issues, I loved how she combined post-war decay in an aristocratic household with a spooky ghost story.
  10. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer – This was an exciting fast-paced read, and I thought this chronicle of a real life accident on Everest was more thrilling than most fictional novels.
  11. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J.Maas – I speed read all Sarah J.Maas’ books last year, and though I loved them all, I think this book hands down was the most exciting one.

So,these were my recent top reads. What were yours? Have you read any of the books in my list?

  • Tina Culbertson

    I see we have many books in common. I am so glad you left me a comment on my food blog and I am meeting you!


    I have Martian on my list too. And “Into thin air” is one of my all time favorite reads. Have not read the other books on your list. I did not finish Throne of Glass as I did not like the book.

    • Nishita Throne of Glass is a weak start, but the rest of the series is pretty good.

  • MeezCarrie

    several of these are on my radar! Now I will be moving them higher up on the list 🙂 My TTT

  • Lisa @ Captivated Reader

    I haven’t read any of the books on your TTT list this week. Time to add more book titles to my ever growing reading wishlist!! Happy reading to you!!

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week:

  • Wolf Hall is SO GOOD. And I do want to read Sarah J. Maas sometime soon, once she’s released the full series of books and I can just tear through them like a madwoman. That’s what I best enjoy, with series books. 🙂

    • Nishita

      @readingtheend:disqus best plan for Maas books. They aren’t perfect, not even close, but still strangely addictive.

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