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5-Star Books

One of the ladies in the On the Same Page Ladies Book Club recently asked if I’ve ever given a book 5 stars. The question came about because I have yet to rate of our book club reads higher than a 3 on a 1-to-5 scale. I never thought of myself as a picky reader, but I’ve definitely become more, shall we say, discerning in the past few years. I believe that is a sign of aging… I feel as if there are far too many books for me to ever read, so I should choose the ones I really want to read. This is a variation of the “I’m on top of the food chain, so why should I eat broccoli?” argument.

Seriously? It’s because I’m as lazy as an old cat and I don’t want to bother with those literary tomes that make me think too much. Most of the time, I read to escape, so why agonize over Dostoevsky when I can romance with Devereaux? Why slug through Rousseau when I can fly with Rowling? Why wrestle with Joyce when I can joust with Jecks? Okay, that was fun, but back to the point.

Here are just a few of the many books that I have rated as deserving 5 stars (alpha by author).

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin [Duh!]

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson [The title says it all.]

Letters from an American Farmer by J. Hector St John De Crevecoeur [Early American history]

Tarzan of the Apes (free) by Edgar Rice Burroughs [Pulp fiction from the early 20th century]

A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All by Luke Dempsey [non-fiction]

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux [Yes, even romance]

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons [Great fiction]

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann [History adventure]

Wool Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey (Wool Part 1 is free) [Science-fiction]

West with the Night by Beryl Markham [Classic non-fiction]

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron [Aww, kitties!]

The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry [Victorian-era historical mystery]

Faded Coat of Blue by Owen Parry [American Civil War historical mystery]

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield [Gothic novel]

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis [Science-fiction/romance/humor]

A Short History of Nearly Everything cover A Supremely Bad Idea cover The Thirteenth Tale cover

So, what do you think? Have you read any of these and do you agree (or disagree) with my ratings? Let me know!


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