Top 5 Tuesday #27: Exceeds Expectations

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 books that exceeded my expectations

Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss (illus.)

This is an illustrated nonfiction book about the weather that I learned about from YouTube. I heard that it was great, and it was that and more. I learned so much from this book and liked the illustrations that accompanied the many facts. It’d say it’s geared toward teens and adults, but you could read it to kids and will most likely need to explain some stuff to them. I highly recommend it. Check out my review to see some of the illustrations.

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Top 5 Tuesday #26: The Unexpected

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 books that were not what I expected

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

Although I liked what I read, it wasn’t what I expected. The cover made me think the story would have a strong “Wild West” vibe. Although there are some elements of the Wild West and American frontier in the story, it wasn’t to extent I thought it would be. I thought that I’d feel transported to that time as I read, but that didn’t happen.

The Good Luck Girls is Davis’s debut novel. It’s the first in a YA fantasy series about a group of girls who escape from a brothel after one of the girls’ sister accidentally kills a client. The girls run away to escape the harsh repercussions but also to find freedom and a better life. I had some issues with the story, but it was a decent read.

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Top 5 Tuesday #25: Why Rate It 5 Stars?

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 reasons why I rate a book 5 stars

Enjoyment

I rate many books 5 stars because I enjoyed reading them. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how well the story is told or written. I read to be entertained and if the story does that, then there’s a high possibility that I’ll give it a high rating, maybe even 5 stars.

That’s what happened with Tea Dragon graphic novels by Katie O’Neill (illus.). I enjoyed these books so much when I read them that my immediate reaction upon finishing them was to rate them 5 stars. I was entertained by what I read and loved it so much that I started rereading them after finishing. I know I’ll read them again sometime this year too.

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Top 5 Tuesday #24: I Gotta Read These in 2020

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 books I need to read in 2020

Some of these will look familiar because I mentioned them in my 2020 reading plans posts. But these are the 5 books I need to read this year to satiate my curiosity about them.

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Top 5 Tuesday #22: Surprising Reads of 2019

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 surprising reads of 2019

These five are all surprising reads either because I liked them or because I didn’t. They are in order of whichever one popped in my head first.

Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar, narr. by Harsh Nayyar, Annapurna Sriram, Bernard White, Nick Choksi, Rita Wolf

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