Top Ten Books Released In The Last 10 Years

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is a fun one! It’s all about our top releases over the last 10 years. I thought I’d start with the most recent and then get to older releases. It’ll be hard to pick just one from a year, but I’m excited to do this!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

2019

Daisy Jones and The Six

Loved this book. I read it in April and promptly gave it 5 stars.

2018

A Thousand Perfect Notes

I was highly anticipating this book and it was well worth the wait.

2017

They Both Die at the End

Ooh. I was eagerly anticipating this book and it was SO good. One of those that I didn’t want to end, especially because we know the end… #titleisaspoiler

2016

Highly Illogical Behavior

I’ve just realised that every book I’ve listed so far was a 5 star read for me. I absolutely loved this book which has mental health and the forefront.

2015

Made You Up

Such a highly unique read! Again, mental health representation.

2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

I thought this was an absolutely incredible read. If you’re a fan of WWII reads, then give this one a go!

2013

Dangerous Girls

I can’t believe this book was released in 2013! It’s SO good.

2012

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Urgh, one of my favourite books! How was it released 7 years ago?!

2011

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

I wasn’t overly satisfied with how this series ended but I thought the first book was a cracking read!

2010

Room

An excellent, if heart-breaking read!

2009

Hate List

This is my only 4 star on this list! It was still an incredible read and I still think highly of it 10 years after its release.

I can’t wait to see other lists today. This is a fun topic. Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂

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Daisy Jones & The Six *Buddy review with Bibliobeth*

Daisy Jones and The Six

How did I get it?:

I bought it!

Synopsis:

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

Thoughts:

When I recently got a copy of Daisy Jones & The Six Beth suggested that we buddy read it. We usually don’t buddy read, but I thought I’d go for it this time, especially as it was during my 2 week break. I had time to commit to reading which is just fabulous. I enjoyed my buddy reading experience. Whilst I don’t think I could read our books like this all the time (hoorah for Talking About, Kid-Lit and Banned Books- our other features!) buddy reading will be happening again.

We wanted something different to differentiate this review from the others that we do. Beth came up with the idea to describe the book using the first letters of Daisy Jones… I thought that sounded fun and unique, so here it is!

Drug dabbling- (look at that alliteration!)- This book is based in an era where drugs and rock ‘n’ roll were definitely a think. Be prepared to read about a lot of drug use.

Absorbing- the way in which the story is told completely pulls you in. It’s very unique.

Immortal- I feel like Daisy felt she was immortal. The music of the band will always keep them alive, but I always felt like she was dabbling with her mortality with every drug binge.

Savage- Without spoilers, I felt like some of the characters’ actions were savage although sometimes necessary… Ooh intriguing!

Young- I felt for Daisy all through the book. I think the lack of love she had from a young age contributed to her troubles.

Jealous- Initially, I thought there might be a lot of jealousy in the story. I think there’s elements of jealousy, but I was surprised at how accommodating some of the characters were… No spoilers 😉 Sorry!

Obvious- Beth and I were texting at various stop points and although we partly guessed what might happen, we didn’t fully get it right. I like that the story isn’t that obvious. I think because there was such a twist on Evelyn Hugo we expected the unexpected?

Notable- This book felt like it was real. It did feel like this band existed and were reading an expose.

Effortless- Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing seems effortless, (even though I’m sure she puts lots of effort into writing beautifully!) it’s just so seamless and easy to devour.

Satisfying- I’ve ended both Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six feeling very satisfied. I’m now sure I want to read more from this author!

Please go and check Beth’s take on this book by visiting her blog, HERE.

Would I recommend it?:

Without a doubt!

Top Ten Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week, we are thinking about rainy day reads. Those books that are perfect for curling up with inside when the weather is horrendous outside. I’ve decided to pick books that are easy to read, fast paced and totally binge-able.

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A List of Cages

This book surprised me. I don’t think I’ve seen it enough around the blogosphere. Such an important story to be read. I highly recommend it.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

If you’re avoiding this book because of the hype, please don’t! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I bloomin’ loved this book! I really didn’t expect to like it as much.

The Silent Patient

One of my favourite reads of this year! I highly recommend this book.

The Flower Girls

I’m into my thrillers, as you can see and this one is so worth curling up with!

Apple of My Eye

This one had me totally gripped!

What If It's Us

Two of my favourites…writing together. This romance is so easy to get involved in.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

I think this book is highly original!

A Sky Painted Gold

Such an atmospheric read. I was really impressed by this book.

A Thousand Perfect Notes

Ooh, this is an intense but SO good read. I can imagine that this could be easily read in a few hours. It’s gripping.

Tell me about your favourite rainy day reads! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

This Week In Books #152

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads.

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW 

Daisy Jones and The Six

I’m buddy reading this book with Beth and we are both thoroughly enjoying it so far!

Roar

I’m reading this book alongside Daisy Jones because it’s easier for me to balance short stories with reading another book. I don’t usually read more than one book at once. I’ve liked the stories I’ve read so far. Go female empowerment!

THEN

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I was nervous going into this book, but I really enjoyed reading it. It barely took me long to read at all!

NEXT

Learning to Breathe

I’m looking forward to reading this debut novel. It sounds like it could an intense read.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

5 Potential 5 Star Reads On My TBR #4

This is the fourth post of this kind here on Chrissi Reads. The original post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings .

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video!

Last time I got 0 at 5 stars out of my predictions! I did come very close though. Check out my wrap up post HERE.

Here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

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Daisy Jones & The Six- Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones and The Six

After enjoying Evelyn Hugo so much I have high hopes for this one. The reviews seem to be so positive too.

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea- Tahereh Mafi


A Very Large Expanse of Sea

I’m so excited about this one! 🙂

Dead Girls- Abigail Tarttelin


Dead Girls

I really enjoyed Abigail’s book Golden Boy, so I’m very intrigued to see where this one goes.

Dear Evan Hansen- Val Emmich

Dear Evan Hansen

The hype scares me with this book, but I think it could definitely have 5 star potential.

Sleep- C.L. Taylor


Sleep

I pre-ordered this book but I’m yet to get around to it! Hopefully soon. 🙂 I am hoping it’ll be a 5 star read.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #200

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

It’s a small haul for me this week! I’m working on reading my backlist books, so I’m only buying books that I really want. This week it was these two.


Music and Malice in Hurricane Town

I really love the cover of this book. I’m hoping to get around to reading it on my 2 week break.

Daisy Jones and The Six

I was going to wait to read this book but I simply can’t wait! I’ve definitely bumped it up my TBR and I’ll be reading it within the next few days.

What have you added to your TBR? Let me know!

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Synopsis:

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.

Thoughts:

This book was pushed on me by my sister Beth. She read it with Janel and I heard so much about how they loved it. So being the good bookish sister I am, I decided to make time for The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo. I’m thrilled that I did because I thought it was a spectacular read.

I don’t want to explain too much about the plot, because I think it’s one in which you have to get into it and discover for yourself. Also, the synopsis definitely gives you a vibe. I’d say it’s only a vibe though…the story certainly surprised me along the way.

This book is told in two narratives that sit nicely side by side. That narrative doesn’t always work for me, but for this book I thought it was exceptionally well done. We hear from a young reporter named Monique who is interviewing Evelyn and Evelyn herself. Evelyn, the beautiful, successful Hollywood actress. It goes all the way back to the beginning of Evelyn’s career in the 1940/50s. I think it perfectly captured the era or at least how I imagine the era would be. This story is so cleverly written. I loved how it was split into parts detailing Evelyn’s many husbands and that particular period of her married life. It was great to read the interactions between Monique and Evelyn too. I feel like Evelyn empowered Monique and I’m all for that.

There’s so much to get stuck into in this story. It’s full of romance and manipulation. To me, it was an excellent depiction of what Hollywood was (and still is?) like. Evelyn was a force to be reckoned with. I loved the female empowerment in this story. Evelyn is not afraid to use her good looks (and big bust!) to get ahead of the competition. She used her sexuality to push herself forward in the business and did so unashamedly. In that time period, Evelyn only really had her sexuality to use. Women certainly weren’t treated equally and sadly that can still be the case now too. Evelyn is a fascinating character because she doesn’t come across well. She’s not easy to love. She’s ruthless, willing to do anything to be successful and she plays the system well. Yet I liked her because of these flaws. It didn’t matter how cut throat she was, there was still something that I loved about her. I was rooting for everything to go well for her.

I was so impressed with this book. I didn’t expect to be as gripped as I was. Yes, Beth. You were right. I loved it!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!