One Word Reviews of 10 Five Star Fiction Reads #TopTenTuesday

May 3, 2022

One Word Reviews of 10 Five Star (adult) Fiction Reads

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I’m linking up today with #TopTenTuesday: That Artsy Reader Girl: One Word Reviews.

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

This prompt calls for one word reviews of your last 10 reads….however, I have a few duds in my last 10 reads and I don’t like to draw unnecessary negative attention to books that haven’t been to my taste because no two people read the same books and you might love one that I disliked.

So….for this prompt I will spin the topic to give you one word reviews of my last 10 five star (adult) fiction reads. I tried not to overthink it otherwise I would end up with a phrase or paragraph! My one word is simply the first word that came to mind. Titles are links to my reviews. (listed in order of date read and not by date reviewed)

A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke


A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke (cover) Image: a young woman viewed from the waist up stands with her back to the camera and arms held behind her waist.

The Book Woman’s Daughter (The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek #2) by Kim Michele Richardson


The Book Woman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson (cover) Image: old work boots sit atop a stack of books

I Must Betray You (YA) by Ruta Sepetys


I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (cover) Image: grayscale image of a man standing outside a building holding a blue/yellow/red torn flag

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (reread) by Gail Honeyman


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (cover)

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson


Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (cover) Image: white text over a multicolored graphic shapes background

Sisters of Night and Fog: A WW11 Novel by Erika Robuck


Sisters of Night and Fog by Erika Robuck (two women wearing hats and business suits walk away from the camera in a field of low fog)

Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack


Love and Lavender by Jose S. Kilpack (cover) Image: a woman in a long dress and bonnet stands alone in a field of lavender

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson


Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (cover) Image:

Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi


Gold and Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi (cover) Image: white text against a dark blue background

The Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman


Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman (cover) Image: two girls sit on a wing of a plane


Do you think one word reviews are easy or hard?
Do you have a one word review for the last book you read?

Happy Reading Book Worms

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. Wonderful choices Carol. I am looking forward to a couple of these and your adjective makes me anticipate them more.

  2. Interesting that you also have “Gilead” on your list. I must admit, I didn’t like it at all.

    My TTT this week.

  3. Oh I like this idea! Who would’ve thought one word could make me gravitate toward them?

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