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5 Star Books That You Have To Read

Best Books of 2021 So Far Rated By Book Bloggers

5 Star Books That You Have To Read

Best Books of 2021 So Far Rated By Book Bloggers

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I've read only a few books that I've given the 5 star rating to so far this year. I've read plenty of 3 and 4 star books but only a small number of books have had that x-factor.

The books I gave a 5 star rating to:

As my quota of 5 star reads is running a little low this year I wanted to see what everyone else has been reading and which books had been making an impact so far this year. 

I took to Twitter and asked by book blogging buddies to share which books they considered must reads from the books they'd read so far this year.

5 Star Books That You Won't Want To Miss

Highly recommended for fans of well-researched and compelling historical fiction, for readers who love against-the-odds stories, for those who appreciate page-turning and diverse reads, and for book clubs.

Check out the full review of  Sparks Like Stars here

@See_Sadie picked Dragon(e) Baby Gone, by Robert Gainey.

Oh, I had so much fun with this one. There’s no romance, it’s pure action adventure urban fantasy and it’s a rollicking good time. You’ve got diversity in the cast. You’ve got snarky heroines and sarcastic demons. You’ve got a whodunit mystery and a race against the clock to avoid death and destruction plot line...


Check out the full review of Dragon(e) Baby Gone here

@bookbugworld picked You Have a Match By Emma Lord.

You Have a Match is a sweet and fun coming of age story with enough depth. It is refreshingly young adult which actually addresses and identifies with many of the real life issues that the age group faces.


Check out the full review of You Have a Match here

@Honolulubelle picked A Hand to Hold in Deep Water by Shawn Nocher

This was an intensively emotive read that was so perceptively written it was startling. I tumbled right into this itchy, prickly, and heart-squeezing tale and I grew to love these oddly compelling and uniquely crafted personalities.


Check out the full review of A Hand to Hold in Deep Water here

@espressoedition picked Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

...Instructions for Dancing was phenomenal. I read the first half of it in one sitting – barely able to keep my eyes open because it was way past my bedtime, but I was hooked! It was a very easy read but it contained a lot of depth, especially in the second half of the story...


Check out the full review of Instructions for Dancing here

@AndOnSheReads1 picked Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Having finished this book, my immediate reaction is “why are more people not talking about this book?!”. It’s one of the best standalones I’ve ever read, and certainly one of the best fantasy books I’ve read. It’s beautifully written, and the story is utterly captivating.

Check out the full review of Sorcery of Thorns here

@BookEscapesBlog picked The Missing Pieces of Us by Eva Glyn

This is an exceptional and triumphant story which reminds us that even the deepest valleys can lead to beautiful vistas.  I was moved to tears and found the experience to be greatly cathartic as all elements of mental health came under scrutiny.

Check out the full review of The Missing Pieces of Us here

@AVoraciousReadr picked The Segonian by Dianne Duvall

All I can say is, Hot damn! Talk about mashing genres! Paranormal, romance, and sci-fi, Oh MY! Add humor, action, and some steamy nomminess and you get a dish that is more delicious than anything you could possibly ask for or want.

Check out the full review of The Segonian here

@geekylorraine picked Malice by Heather Walter

I closed the book and stared at the words “There was a villain.” for a good few minutes. There was a villain, indeed, and my brain can’t quite handle that right now. The main issue with reading books pre-release or right at release is then the wait for the next book. Has the author even finished writing it yet? Possibly not. And yet, I need it. Now. Please.

Check out the full review of Malice here

@kalventure picked Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

Our Last Echoes has solidified Kate Alice Marshall as one of my favorite authors and secured her spot on my insta-buy list. This book is amazing and spooky and heartbreaking. Seriously, how many emotions can a little horror book make me feel? (The limit does not exist.)

Check out the full review of Our Last Echoes here

@TheQuickandthe4 picked Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

I loved this book so much! It is gloriously summery and packed with bitter-sweet nostalgia – although I don’t remember 1975 personally, the book captures that moment when, as a teenager, you start to find your place in the adult world and the possibilities suddenly feel infinite.

Check out the full review of Mary Jane here

@HayleyByTheBook picked The Colours of Death by Patricia Marques

This is the first book in a series and I’ve never been this excited about committing to a series before. Honestly, this is going up there as one of my all time favourites. It’s that good. So yeah, I cannot wait for the next instalment to come out. (Also this NEEDS to be adapted. It would make a FANTASTIC TV show.)

Check out the full review of The Colours of Death here

@NatterBlog picked The Darlings by Angela Jackson

I would definitely read more by this author as I do like her style of writing and the humour.  Definitely worthy of 5 stars, it kept me entertained from beginning to end.

Check out the full review of The Darlings here

@lilcornerreads picked Peter Losing Wendy by Aiden Thomas

This modern Peter Pan re-imagining is so well done. It’s dark, twisty and a little bit creepy. The suspense slowly builds as readers follow Wendy on her quest to find Peter’s shadow, the missing children and the lost Darling boys. The creeping sense of unease creates a Peter Pan story that’s gripping and atmospheric.

Check out the full review of Peter Losing Wendy here

@storywhispers picked The Counterfeit Candidate by Brian Klein

The Counterfeit Candidate is the debut novel by author Brian Klein. It features a mixture of genres including thriller, mystery, action, adventure, crime, and historical fiction. It also packs a punch and if you love books that suck you into the plot and get your heart pumping then this is certainly one to pick up.

Check out the full review of The Counterfeit Candidate here

@TheBurgeBkshelf picked Snowy Mountains Daughter by Alissa Callen

Snowy Mountains Daughter is vividly described from the snow capped mountains to the gum trees and wooden bridges the setting comes alive on the page. A free-roaming kelpie, a second chance at love and a dying mans confession make Snowy Mountains Daughter a story that will have your emotions reeling.

Check out the full review of Snowy Mountains Daughter here

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  1. My TBR absolutely can't handle this post. So many wonderful looking books!

    1. I know, right? So many great sounding reads. Looking forward to checking some of these out.

  2. Thanks for featuring Snowy Mountains Daughter. I’ve just added a few more to my TBR. It looks like Girl 11 is a must read.

    1. My pleasure. Yes, Girl 11 was so good! Would love to hear what you think of it.

  3. Thanx for kindly and skillfully including my nonsense, you are so good about boosting others as well as boosting my TBR!

  4. This is such a cool idea! Thanks for including my review of Lost in the Never Woods ��