Surprising Five-Star Reviews

First off, it should be noted that my five-star reviews are completely subjective. Basically I give books five stars completely based on mood and how I felt in the moment.

In an effort for full-disclosure, when it comes to most of my reviews on Goodreads, I rate the book before I finish. I'm not one who thinks an ending makes up for the rest of the book. If I enjoyed the ride AND the ending, then it gets five stars.

Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull: This is the fifth in the Fablehaven Series. I completely enjoyed this fanciful series. And laughed out loud on many occasions. These books are not meant to be taken seriously and that's why I found them so fun.

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel: I read this in the early 2000's, and by read I mean listened to. I had an iPod Shuffle that hung around my neck with a white chord. And I remember when I finished it, I was mowing the front lawn. The ending made me stop in the middle of the job and just stare at the grass. "Did I hear that right?" is the question I asked Dad. "Yep. What did you think?" "Well, that was an amazing ride." The first half of the book, our character Pi takes us through his view of religions and what it's like to grow up in a zoo. The last half is an adventure thriller of the best kind. The Life of Pi completely captivated me from start to finish.

Beauty by Robin McKinley: This book is such a fun take on Beauty and the Beast. I really enjoy Robin McKinley's writing but haven't read anything else by her. I've read this book several times and have enjoyed it each time.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim: This book was completely a lark. Made even more delightful by the fact that I had been in April the year before and could easily imagine the setting. I find it completely enjoyable to read books about places I'd been before. Let alone add cute little love stories. 

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: This adventure story completely surprised me. Fantastic writing and a strangely captivating storyline. There are really odd moments about non-humans that they run into, but besides that. A super fun enterprise.

What offbeat five star reads do you have?

Jessica SmithComment