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Top Ten Tuesday: My five star reads of 2021

This week’s theme is a freebie which means that you have the freedom to list whatever you want. So I decided to combine two things: an idea I found on the Dutch blog Lezend Leven and the year that was 2021. So, let’s dive into my five star reads of this year! It’s a list of 14 books, rereads are excluded. These books are by no means my absolute favorites of the year, there will be some blogs on that later. Because let’s be honest: some books keep going through your mind much longer, but you don’t have to rate those 5 stars at all.

1. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

Well, it took me nearly a whole month to get my first 5-star read of the year. I finally found it with The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang, the second instalment of The Poppy War trilogy. It took me a while to get into each book, but whenever the story picked up, it was one of the easiest 5 stars I’ve given.

2. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

I have been waiting for this book since June 2020 and it received a lot of hype. Lately, books with such a huge hype happen to disappoint me, so I was slightly nervous when jumping into this one. Thankfully, The Gilded Ones didn’t disappoint and I already pre-ordered its sequel.

3. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

This is super obvious since A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of my favourite series. But besides that, the story is so so good. Nesta’s character growth is amazing and astonishing and I loved every second of this reading experience. Although I didn’t really like Nesta in the previous books.

4. Lord of shadows by Cassandra Clare

Another obvious one since I rated the others 5 stars as well, but in this one, the world is more rich and stuff happens.

5. The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

The final book in The Poppy War series. This one took me the longest to get into, but the ending, OMG.

6. The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The third book in the Blod and Ash series and wow, wow, wow. That’s just all.

7. Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Yes, another Armentrout book, but from a different series. This is the final book in the Harbinger series and I finished it in about 24 hours. Devoured is probably a better way to describe this reading experience.

8. The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

Once upon a time in June, I was bored, needed a good book, browsed the internet and found this. The English version was much cheaper than the Dutch one which was soon to be released, so I had no excuse to not buy it. I finished this one in one weekend.

9. Amari and The Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Okay what can I say about this book? I was a little sceptical at first, because I don’t read middle-grade books that often. However, I really liked this and can’t wait for the next book in this series.

10. Once Upon A Royal Summer van Teri Wilson

Sometimes enjoyment is more important than quality and this book was such a delight to read.

11. The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Well. Do I need to say more? Nothing is what it seems in this book. I love it.

12. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

Super obvious why.

13. Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I have been waiting for this sequel since 2017 and it was finally here. I enjoyed every second of it, it’s such a comfort read.

14. The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni

Okay okay, this book was even better than The Prison Healer.

These were my 14 five-star reads of the year. Have you read any of these? Which books did your rate 5 stars?

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