Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Friday, February 18, 2022

Five Star Reads

 I have been asked in the past about books I rate 5 stars.  I read over 100 books a year,so you would think there would be more.  And, to be fair, there really should be.  Writers put everything out there for our enjoyment and judgement, but in the end- who am I to judge someone's hard work?  We are all entitled to our opinions, yes.  But in the end, I give every writer - even of the books I did not enjoy - a full 5 stars for the effort and the guts to write, sell it, and put it out there for public consumption.  Bravo.

I do try and reserve my 5 star reviews for books that stay with me.  The books I remember. The books that I would read again just for the joy of reading the story over.  Do I recommend them?  Sometimes.  However - everyone's taste is different and something I loved or enjoyed might be something that someone else hates.  I do put my reviews out there, and leave myself vulnerable to the "I cannot believe you didn't like that (or did like that)."  All I can do is shrug and move on.  To each their own.

In the 7 years I have kept this blog, I have reviewed over 750 books.   And in that time I have given a 5 star rating to a book 58 times.  4 1/2 stars and even 4 stars?  100s.  But I try to reserve those 5 star reviews because in the end-they are just for me.  I own each of those 58 books (I don't buy many) because a book that special deserves to be purchased and not just borrowed.

Reading in general is something that is such a gift.  Consuming a story and escaping into a different world for awhile is a joy.  And every one of the 1000s of books (reviewed and not reviewed) that I have consumed over my life time was worth every minute.  

5 Stars: (click on the title if you want to learn more about the book)

The Master and Margarita

All The Light We Cannot See

Kite Runner

Night Circus

The Martian

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Burial Rites

And The Mountains Echoed

The Elephant Whisperer

The Stand

Game of Thrones


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

A Man Called Ove

Baby Catcher

Hillbilly Elegy

Life of Pi

Orphan Train

One Plus One

A Fighting Chance

The Book Thief


Diary of A Young Girl

Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

Dad is Fat

The Misremembered Man

The Art Forger

A Fall of Marigolds

Salt To The Sea

The Bone Garden

The Shadow of the Wind

A Gentleman in Moscow


Daring To Drive

The Little Prince

What is the What

The Astonishing Color of After

Fire and Blood

Bad Blood

The Only Plane in the Sky

When Life Gives You Pears

Each Vagabond By Name


Mornings in Jenin


Anxious People

Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Keeper of Lost Things

Smokes Gets In Your Eyes

Great Expectations

From Here To Eternity

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs

Van Gogh


Cloud Cuckooland

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