Superlatives: Exploring Genres

This week’s top ten post (or five, as it happens) is recent five star reads. I’m going to change that up a bit and choose a five star book from a traditional (or very specific) category. I’ll still be providing a list of five star books, but they won’t all focus on literary fiction.
Superlative ListIn no particular order, because a five star rating is a five star rating. Recently:

Best Space Opera: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. Devi Morris is a space mercenary with a mission to advance as quickly as possible, even if that means dangerous jobs. She gets more than she bargained for when she signs on with a mysterious ship.

Best Jane Eyre Retelling: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. Imagine Jane Eyre as an assassin… Intriguing, no? This clever page turner with pull in any Jane Eyre fan (I’m not willing to guarantee it, but almost!).

Best Historical Fiction: Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett. I haven’t had a chance to review this one yet, as I just finished it tonight, but it’s whaling fiction set off the coast of Australia. See Kate’s or Carolyn’s review for confirmation that it’s fabulous.

Best Grit Lit: Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser. Sixteen year old Percy James is off to find her addict mother, again, instead she finds a baby in danger of freezing to death in a blizzard. Having no other option, she kidnaps and sets out to get her to safety. Her plans go awry almost instantly.

Best Novel Featuring Bigfoot: The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields. Although this novel does have a few issues, it gets five stars for the sheer weirdness of the story line.

Five books. Five stars. I found the combination fitting. If any of these categories sound good to you, you may want to give the listed book a chance. They come highly recommended from a trusted source (which is me, you do trust me, right?!).

What are your most recent highly rated books? To see other five star lists, go here.

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  • Kailana

    These all sound really good!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Jane Steele and Fortune’s Pawn are a lot of fun.

  • Carolyn O

    I seriously need to read those Fortune’s Pawn books.

    • Rory O’Connor

      They are a lot of fun, not exactly mind blowing, but really enjoyable.

  • Lianne @

    Yay for Rachel Bach’s books! ๐Ÿ™‚ I read your review of Jane Steele recently and I’m definitely curious to check that out at some point. Same with Rush Oh!; Kate’s review had me adding it to my wishlist.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I hope you get to them. And I’ve been considering rereading Bach’s books, I flew through them the first time.

  • BronaDragonfly

    Delighted to see Rush Oh on your best of list. I really must get around to reading it soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rory O’Connor

      I hope you enjoy it.

  • AnneBennett

    I haven’t red any of your books but I am paying attention to all these 5-star suggestions. I hate wasting my time on sucky books.

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    I so want to read Jane Steele! I mean, Jane Eyre as an assassin?!? THAT IS JUST TOO AMAZING FOR WORDS. (I love the imaginations of some authors. xD) Here’s my TTT!

    • Rory O’Connor

      And it’s great!

  • Lory@Emerald City Book Review

    I’m planning to read Jane Steele for sure, and Rush Oh! is pretty sure to draw me in too. I didn’t do this meme this week but some of my top reads so far this year are Being Mortal, Just Mercy, Nelly Dean, The Lie Tree, and Green Dolphin Street.

    • Rory O’Connor

      So happy to hear about Nelly Dean, it is on my list.

  • Kate

    Yay for Rush Oh! And intrigued by Jane Steele…

    • Rory O’Connor

      If you even moderately appreciate Jane Eyre, Jane Steele is a lot of fun.

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  • Naomi

    Jane Steele, Rush Oh!, and Sweetgirl all sound good to me!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Those may be my three favorite from the list. Rush Oh! is fantastic.

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    Jane Steele – I really need to hop on that one! Great list and glad you enjoyed it.

    • Rory O’Connor

      It’s so good! I hope you get to it.

  • Rita H

    Interesting choices! I hadn’t heard of any of them, but Sweetgirl looked like something I would enjoy Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I loved Sweetgirl, I say give it a shot!

  • Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

    I was so not excited about Jane Steele b/c it’s a Jane Eyre retelling (not a fan of retellings in general), but all the buzz I’ve been hearing really makes me want to try it!

    • Rory O’Connor

      It’s different enough that I really enjoyed it. I’d say give it a chance, I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Dawn

    Wonderful to see Rush Oh! on a list since i waiting for the delivery to e able to read that book so seeing it here makes me really want to pick it up as soon as it arrives ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great list ๐Ÿ™‚

    my TTT:

    • Rory O’Connor

      I hope you enjoy it!

  • Catherine G

    I’ve just finished two books that I would rate 4.5 star or 5 star and I may have inadvertently discovered a genre that almost always works for me- fiction about art! The first book was The Last Painting of Sara de Vos and it was gorgeous. The second was Tuesday Nights in 1980. I finished it this morning and I’m still book drunk on it.

  • mariahelena

    I’m very selective with my 5 stars, so the last fiction that I gave it to is still Fortune’s Pawn (and Heaven’s Queen).

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