Top Ten Tuesday #73 – Top Ten 1st Quarter Reads

Posted March 29, 2016 by Lillian in Features / 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic is broad: “10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads).” Seeing as Thursday is the end of the 1st quarter for 2016 and that I have had a LOT of 5 reads (22 so far!), I thought I’d list my top 10 reads for the 1st quarter. As always these are in no particular order and covers link to Amazon (affiliate).

My Top Ten Reads for 1st Quarter in 2016

Chosen Fool by Scarlett Dawn: It’s no secret that I didn’t care for the last book in this series, but I was blown away by this one! Caro is kick-butt, the world-building is amazing, and then the story line. Holy moly!!! It’s so complex, detailed and involved. I’ve since gone back and reread the last book to catch hints about what happens in this one. Still surprised and blown away. THAT ENDING though….ugh!!! I’m not sure I can wait till late fall/early spring to know what happens next. To see my review of Chosen Fool, click here.


Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers: I can’t even begin to explain why I enjoyed this book SO much, but I did! It was amazing. I loved the entire story. It’s Romeo & Juliet meets The Godfather BUT it also has hints of Throne of Glass which y’all know I LOVE so honestly it is a must read for the year! To see my full review of Assassin’s Heart, click here.


Strings by David Estes: I’m a huge fan of David Estes and his loose retelling of the classic Pinocchio is one of my all-time favorite reads. Pia is trapped in her life inside the complex, tethered to strings that keep her alive. There is mystery surrounding her life and the new people she meets. Who can she trust and will she ever live a life without strings? Seriously it is magnificent! To see my full review of Strings, click here.


The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine: I’m a newer fan of retellings and I have to say that THIS retelling of Snow White is one of my favorites. While the author keeps the original elements of the story intact, Redwine adds some amazing fantastical elements such as dragon shifters and magic. I really hope there will be more from this world! To see my full review of The Shadow Queen, click here.


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: I LOVED Red Queen and I’ve been on pins and needles for a year waiting for the sequel. I’ll admit I was concerned. You know, some sequels suffer second-book syndrome. I’m happy to say that Glass Sword doesn’t. It is one of the best books I’ve read this year and possibly the best second book ever! It’s dark, Mare is bitter, there’s a ton of action, some romance, and a lot of heart-break. To see my full review of Glass Sword, click here.


Life and Liberty by Rebecca Belliston: Ok I know I’m technically cheating listing two books as one, BUT in my defense I binged these two together in one weekend. Y’all know I love dystopians. Well, these books are epic! It’s a bit scary how realistic the author makes this particular dystopian, showing America after an economic collapse. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire two books and I cannot wait for the conclusion later this year. To see my full reviews of Life and Liberty, click here.


Strain of Resistance by Michelle Bryan: Again I LOVE dystopians and I was blown away by this first book in a new series by Michelle Bryan. There’s aliens, parasitic worms, and a snarky main character that I loved. To see my full review of Strain of Resistance, click here. 


If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram: I adored this book! Seriously!!! I had this gigantic goofy grin on my face the entire time I was reading it. I love Miss Pearl anyways and the couple she chooses to interfere with in this book was just so much fun. Plus fans of Cinder & Ella will find some fun easter eggs hidden in the text. To see my full review of If We Were a Movie, click here.


The Queen of All that Dies and The Queen of Traitors by Laura Thalassa: I know I’m cheating again, but I binged these two together and I couldn’t pick just one of them. So far I love everything written by Laura Thalassa, and The Fallen World series is no different. I was blown away by the concept and characters. I can’t tell you just how much I LOVED the book. I honestly have no words. Reviews for this book are coming Saturday, so come check it out 😀


Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole: I finally got around to reading this one last week. I purposely put it off, knowing that the author would leave me hanging. And not only did she leave me hanging, she left me hanging by one fingernail!!! Awful, horrible cliffhanger that had me hyperventilating and screaming at my poor Kindle. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit 😉 I love this series so much. The Arcana Chronicles is a unique blend of Greek mythology, dystopian, and fantasy. To see my full review of Dead of Winter, click here.

Your Turn! What books have you rated 5 so far this year?


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4 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #73 – Top Ten 1st Quarter Reads

  1. I adored Glass Sword, but I wasn’t that knocked over by The Shadow Queen. If anything, I found it really disappointing! I have Assassins Heart on my TBR! Great List

  2. I started Dead of Winter, and then started to get an awful feeling about 100 pages in, so I had to stop and flip to the end! And thank goodness I did. I am still dying for the next book, but at least I wasn’t as mad as I would have been if I had gotten to the end to find that out :p

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