Welcome to the 10th day of the RealityLapse Christmas Countdown! As of today,we’re two days away from Christmas and we’re celebrating my five star picks of the year. As some of you may know, I’m very picky about the books I rate five stars. In my mind, I use that to signify which books are my all-time favorites, whereas I use 4.5 stars to symbolize books I loved–but didn’t make the list for any one reason. Some will come and go, and in the end only the ones I can’t seem to forget and love and learn from every time I read them will stay on that list. You can check out my full list here. Below are the books that made the list in 2013. (Just as a note, I’ve only been on Goodreads since February of this year. That’s why, even though I read them for the first time long before now, it says that I added them in 2013).
By the time I got to this book for the first time, I had been through a slump of fantasy books that I hadn’t enjoyed. By the time I got to this book, I was worn out from my quest to rediscover fantasy. Cinda Williams Chima and this series reminded me. I do have to say this book is a little slow at some parts, but the pacing didn’t bother me too much. Other than that, so much about this book and series are amazing. The books just keep getting better and better. As for the characters and the world-building, this book is fascinating and fun to explore. Filled with humor, witty dialogue, action and adventure–this gives me the same feeling I get when I read John Flanaghan’s work. A truly entertaining read. You can read my full review here.
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I was laying on my couch, tired and half-asleep, when I started reading this book. But it didn’t stay that way for long. Before I knew it, I was laughing out loud and smiling despite myself as I read this story. The action and adventure themes in this novel were well-done and exciting, while some parts to this book were humorous and witty. The world-building to this book was great as well, even if it made the book a little slow in the beginning. All the elements in this book perfectly come together to make one awesome read. I loved this introduction into Kathy Reichs’s writing and I plan to check out more, as well as the BONES TV show. While I didn’t like the sequel to this book nearly as much as VIRALS, I still love this book. It just isn’t like some of my other five star reads, where the five stars account for that book and most of the rest of the series. Looking forward to the third book! You can read my full review here.
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That’s it for day ten! What are some of your favorite books? You can check back tomorrow for Day Eleven: Humor Books & Great Gifts.
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