Monday, June 14, 2021

Five 5* Books You Need To Read

There are always a couple of 5 star books that just have blown me away. Most recently I read one (I am Pilgrim included in this list) and I was just astounded with how brilliant it was as a book and I felt I wanted to share not only that book but a couple of others I've rated 5*.  I can't wait for the Summertime and annual leave as it's usually the time I get to read the most and can go through masses of books. I've also got a GoodReads account so do feel free to follow me here! 

 I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes 

"Can you commit the perfect crime? Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn't exist.The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence." When faced with a man who plots an act of mass murder, only Pilgrim can be trusted, and has the right expertise to find him. I can't tell you how gripping this book was and more interestingly, how well researched and believable it was. Multiple stories entwined, it's a long book, but completely worth it, it's up there as one of the best thriller/crime books I've ever read.

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

A beautiful book enthralled with issues around family, sexuality and friendship. This book is based in the 1940's in Ireland and follows Cyril Avery's life, a man whose trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs in the world. I cried and laughed in this book, it broke my heart in so many places but it was a gorgeous read. You're consistently hoping and fighting for Cyril. I read this on my Kindle, but am totally going to buy it as a paperback. 

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri 

I can't believe it took me so long to get round to reading this book. The author Christy Lefteri spent a majority of her life volunteering at a UNICEF refugee centre in Athens, a place where she meant thousands of people which inspired her writing this story. Beekeeper follows a man and wife as they make a treacherous and life-changing journey whilst fleeing from Syria. This book shows strength, love and the power of human courage as they leave everything behind from home. A beautiful book I encourage everyone to read. 

Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer 

One of my mum's suggestions, Kane & Abel follows two men born on the same day in opposites sides of the world and their different journeys. One is born in one of the wealthiest family's in the US, whilst another grew up in the Polish countryside, and whilst World War 1 breaks out, he has to flee. A fascinating story between two men, worlds apart who and entirely different, when they meet, they are a lot more similar thank you think. I could picture everything about this book, the way it was written was brilliant and without being too descriptive, it was enough to be an engrossing read. Another kindle purchase, why is it that the books I love are on kindle form! 

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 

One of the books that took a world by the storm in 2020 was Where The Crawdads Sing. My mum told me it was a must-read and I've gifted it/loaned it to many many people since. Where The Crawdads Sing follows 'Marsh Girl', Kya Clark in North Carolina who lives in the Marshlands outside the the quiet town. When Chase Andrews is found dead, a popular and local boy, all fingers point to Marsh Girl. It's a beautiful and tragic book about isolation, love, violence and coming of age. The writing is beautiful and as I don't like books that go "too much into description" and this is that perfect balance between allowing you to visualise the setting, whilst also keeping momentum and pace in the book. 

Let me know in the comments below, what's a 5* book I need to read that you loved! 



  1. The beekeeper of aleppo sounds really moving - definitely adding it to my list xx

    mia //

  2. Where The Crawdads Sing is such a beautiful read, you can visualise the whole marsh and what it's like and that's what I loved about it! x

    Lucy |

  3. I loved The Beekeeper of Aleppo; I will check out the others! Thanks for these recommendations!

  4. I loved Crawdads, such a beautifully written book! I'm adding I Am Pilgrim to my never ending 'To Read' list x

    Steff |

  5. i neeed to check these out!!!!

  6. My husband loved I Am Pilgrim - I'll have to read it x


  7. Thanks for sharing such a great idea, looking forward for the next post!


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  8. I really want to read Where the Crawdads Sing! My friend loved it too and i see they are making the film version right now! xx

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  9. Oh I love when friends get on goodreads!! ;) Crawdads has sounded intriguing to me for some time now, but since the adaptation is just around the corner, I def need to pick it up soon x


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