Five star reads. Book hangovers. We’ve all read those books that stay with us long after we’ve finished reading them. With this week’s topic, you better believe I’m sharing my favorite five-star books (aka books I can’t stop recommending). And I couldn’t narrow this down to just ten, so you get a couple of book recommendations this week. I’m including a short snippet of my reviews for each of these books and linking them to the full review. Just click on the book cover image if you’d like to read more. Check out what books others had difficulty reviewing at That Artsy Reader Girl.
Told through five points of view and based loosely on the Unknown Soldier, this book is like nothing I’ve read before. It is a story of war but more so it a story of human nature and fear and heartache and courage and sacrifice. It is emotional and raw and real.
In short, it is the best book I’ve read this year (and maybe since Dykes’ previous book). You do not want to miss this book but be sure to keep the tissues on hand.
Through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Annie, we experience love in all forms in Annie’s life—that of siblings who are best friends, family, friends, and perhaps the beginnings of romantic love. As the town and the family are touched by tragedies, I found myself wanting to hug each of these characters who became so real to me I forgot there only exist on these pages.
Keep that box of tissues near and sit down with Annie, Mike, Joel, and the rest of the family. This is one visit you’re going to want to experience for yourself.