My 5 last 5 stars reads of 2019

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Dear reader,

I haven’t found many new all time favourites this year so far, but I did read some amazing books to which I still gave 5 stars on Goodreads! I used to be the type of person who would give 5 stars to pretty much all the books but I’m now more picky when it comes to it. I guess growing makes me being more judgmental while reading (that, and my literary studies).

That’s why I thought it’ll be fun to present to you all the last 5 books I gave 5 stars to!


 Au revoir là-haut by Pierre Lemaître

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I borrowed this book from my grand-mother because she kept telling me how great it was and also because a class I intern for in December was studying it. I wasn’t expecting much from it and all I knew was that it talked about World War I and that it won a price here in France. Well, I was totally blown away by it.

It is a very slow story but that never bothers me. The writing style was so impressive – I felt everything the characters were feeling. For example when a character was lacking of air to breathe I could feel myself feel bad with him because of how good the writing style was. It was also super intelligent and filled with many references which will be amazing to teach someday.

I also watched the movie adaptation ever since and though they changed many things from the original story I still really loved it. I wish everyone could read this book in French because of how brilliant it is though!

 The Emporium series by Claire Legrand

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I discovered this series because I have been sent the arc of Kingsbane and so I had no choice but to read Furyborn. Well, let’s just say that I fell hard for it.

This series has everything I love in a good fantasy book. It is complex, full of actions and slow moments, the characters are amazing and it deals with angels. What more could you wish for?

I absolutely devoured this series and I cannot wait for the third book to come out (which obviously won’t be for now, but I’m willing to wait for it).

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 What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

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Holly Bourne and I goes back to last year. I started reading her books because my friend Roxanne love them and because we were about to meet her at the YALC book fair. I already loved the Spinster Club series because picking this one up but it made me love it even more.

It had everything I look for in a contemporary, and reading about teenagers in the UK makes me relate way more to them than reading about teenagers in the US. I mean, I’m European after all.

I had so much fun with it and read it so quickly – I simply couldn’t stop. I thought the message in it was brilliant and I absolutely adored the end, how open it was. I keep recommending this series, so please pick it up!

 La Princesse de Clèves by Madame de la Fayette

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La princesse de Clèves is a short French classic which I was supposed to read when I was in high school. Well I really was stupid back then for not picking it up when I had to because boy oh boy was it amazing.

I was completely blown away by the prose and the story. This book was published during the 17th century, which is one of my favourite centuries to read from when it comes to French literature, and it reminded me why. I would honestly really recommended it, though I would love for you all to read the French words!

 A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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I bought this book while book shopping with a friend and we both fell for it because it was short and we both loved Tahereh Mafi’s writing style.

Though I enjoyed the Shatter Me series, I deeply loved A Very Large Expanse of Sea. It was a brilliant contemporary novel which brought many important subjects on the table. I read many ownvoices reviews and the Muslin American rep seems to be amazing (also because it is ownvoice itself).

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, no matter what you love to read in general.


And that is all!

I had another 5 stars read in January, which was Children of Blood and Bone, but other than that it’s really it for 2019. I don’t really know if it’s sad or if it’s just because I am starting to know my reading tastes better!

What about you? What was your last 5 stars read?

Love always,

Clara

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7 thoughts on “My 5 last 5 stars reads of 2019”

  1. I can’t wait to read more from Holly Bourne, I’m so happy to see her books on this list 🙂 I also really enjoyed A Very Large Expanse of Sea, though it was very different from the Shatter Me series in the writing, I liked it a whole lot as well! 🙂

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  2. I was JUST thinking about picking up Furyborn and now you’ve totally sold me! My last five star read was Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield.

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  3. A very interesting list. You really intrigued me with “La Princesse de Clèves”. I feel like I need to pick it up asap. I only know “Au revoir là-haut” as a movie. It is a pity they have changed many things in the original story. I normally like my adaptations to be true to the original story. I still need to read the book.

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