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Subject: Five Star Books
Date Posted: 11/8/2013 9:24 AM ET
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A thread in another forum got me thinking of the books I've read that I've given five stars to.

Here's the 5 star books I read last year:  PinkCypress 2012 5-star books

My list for this year so far:  PinkCypress 2013 5-star books



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Date Posted: 11/20/2013 8:44 AM ET
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I just finished ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes.  I loved it and it's a five start book, in my opinion!

Date Posted: 11/22/2013 8:47 PM ET
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I just started The Girl You Left Behind by Moyes - I haven't gotten very far, but it's really good so far.

I loved Me Before You, too!

Date Posted: 11/24/2013 1:08 AM ET
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Best book of 2013 for me:

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

It's a five star one for me.

Date Posted: 11/27/2013 6:40 PM ET
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I just finished Once We Were Brothers my fav so far this year.

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 7:28 PM ET
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This is a good idea.  Thanks for sharing your lists Rhonda.  I will put together mine and post it here.

Subject: The art of racing in the rain
Date Posted: 12/5/2013 12:08 PM ET
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Just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain and it was wnderful. I was very hesitant about ordering this because I do not like sad dog books. This is not a sad dog book but a wonderfully writted book that celebrates humanity, honor, sacrifice. I highly recommend it.

Mary Anne

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 11:37 AM ET
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Rhonda - great idea, I need to make a list of my 5 star books!  The last thing I read that I gave 5 stars would be rereading Year of Wonders, and before that Fly Away, a sequel to Firefly Lane, I just really liked it.

Mary K - Racing in the Rain is a great book!  Have you read A Dog's Purpose ?

Date Posted: 12/7/2013 10:17 AM ET
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OMG, I loved A Dog's Purpose!!!  Loved Racing in the Rain too.

I was at the gym on the treadmill when I read A Dog's Purpose, and I was just bawling - so embarrassing!

Date Posted: 1/12/2014 6:21 PM ET
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Here are my all time 5 star books

Nancy's 5 Star Books

Date Posted: 1/12/2014 10:10 PM ET
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My recent 5 star reads were young adult type:  Soldier Boys a Novel by Dean Hughes;  and The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
 

Date Posted: 1/13/2014 7:58 PM ET
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Nancy,  I have been raving about In the Heart of the Canyon by Elisabeth Hyde.  I think you would love it too after reading your 5 star list.

I would also recommend Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde.  5 stars.  Unforgettable.

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Date Posted: 1/13/2014 11:27 PM ET
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Hi, Love your list Rhonda, lot of good choices! This year and last! 

 I have been menaning to get to Paris Trout forever! 

I also Loved Me before You! and my sister suggested The Art of Racing in the Rain which is also on my pile,Big Pile! 

So, I guess I have my reading cut out for me, I am reading In the time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez for a book group, Very Engaging!

Date Posted: 1/14/2014 12:43 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions Pamela. I will check those out. 

I have a lot of the books on your lists Rhonda. I just need to figure out what to read first!

Date Posted: 1/14/2014 11:02 AM ET
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Well, I went through my PBS reviews and made my list of books that I gave 5 stars, interesting – some were obvious and some was surprised by.  Also I feel like I am stingy with my “5s” but I had 29 books on my list, hmmm.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/MGT-5-Star-Books/list/16741/



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Bruce -
Date Posted: 1/14/2014 11:09 PM ET
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I enjoyed looking at your five star book lists. Out of curiosity I made my own list just to see how I have rated books over the few years I've been on PBS. I didn't second guess myself, I simply added any book that I had rated with 5 stars. I'll admit that there were some books in my BIR list that I was surprised didn't get 5 stars from me and some that I was surprised to see had gotten 5 stars. But I rate a book as soon as I finish reading, so I'm just trusting my initial reactions to the books to be the most honest and accurate. I also noticed I get stingier every year with that 5th star.

Bruce's 5-Star book list

Date Posted: 1/22/2014 9:20 PM ET
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Darn it, Bruce.  I ended up buying a copy of The Red Knight (Traitor Son Cycle, Bk 1) by Miles Cameron 

after reading your list of 5star books.    The only one I could not agree on with you that I have read is Matterhorn.  It was a DNF for me.  I love Nam books, too.  I just couldn't get into it at all.  

Date Posted: 1/23/2014 6:31 PM ET
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I have to add to the lists -  my picks for top three in the past year


The School of Essential Ingredients
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The School of Essential Ingredients
Author: Erica Bauermeister
ISBN-13: 9780399155437 - ISBN-10: 0399155430

The Forgotten Garden
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The Forgotten Garden
Author: Kate Morton
ISBN-13: 9781416550549 - ISBN-10: 1416550542

Garden Spells
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Garden Spells
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
ISBN-13: 9780553384833 - ISBN-10: 055338483X

Date Posted: 1/23/2014 10:11 PM ET
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Carole, I agree with The School of Essential Ingredients and Garden Spells - loved both books so much, they are both on my keeper shelf!  I have The Forgotten Garden here in mount TBR, but haven't read it yet.

Date Posted: 2/2/2014 9:21 PM ET
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I loved School of Essential Ingredients.    Wonderful book.  

Date Posted: 3/12/2014 12:56 PM ET
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Another 5 star dog book is One Good Dog by Susan Wilson.

I also give Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline a 5 star rating

Date Posted: 3/12/2014 8:39 PM ET
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I'm in line for Orphan Train at the library - can't wait to get it!  I think I have One Good Dog around here somewhere, buried in my mess of a bookshelf.

Date Posted: 3/15/2014 7:35 PM ET
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Wool, Shift, Dust by Hugh Howey, Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Orson Scott Card's Enders Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Uninvited by Liz Jensen.

Date Posted: 3/16/2014 9:00 AM ET
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I loved Ender's Game.  I haven't read the others yet.