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Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki
A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace
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Sabotage at Willow Woods by Carolyn Keene
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Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham
The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
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Five Stars in 2017: 01/04/18

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During Monday's "What Are You Reading" link-up, I read a post by another participant that included the covers of all the five star books reviewed in 2017. I got curious to see how mine stacked up. Four days later I can tell you! When you read a lot, it takes a lot of time to compile these sorts of posts.

Last year I reviewed 365 books. From that total list, one hundred and four (just under a third) of the books I reviewed were published last year. The remainder were backlist titles, published in 2016 or earlier.

From the 2017 books, sixty-one of them (or nearly 40%) of the books I reviewed received five stars. It's a combination of 2017 being a really good year for books and me being pickier with titles I decided to read.

For the backlist books, ninety books (or roughly one quarter) of the books earned five stars. The backlists books are a mixture of research and titles that have been sitting on my wishlist for long enough can't always remember why I wanted to read them.

Books Published 2017 that received five star rating

  1. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  2. Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
  3. Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
  4. Avatar: The Last Airbender - North and South, Part Two by Gene Luen Yang
  5. Beast & Crown by Joel Ross
  6. Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  7. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  8. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
  9. Bird & Squirrel On Fire by James Burks
  10. Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear
  11. Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
  12. The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
  13. Boundless by Jillian Tamaki
  14. Bull by David Elliott
  15. CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
  16. CatStronauts: Space Station Situation by Drew Brockington
  17. Demon, Volume 2 by Jason Shiga
  18. Demon, Volume 3 by Jason Shiga
  19. Demon, Volume 4 by Jason Shiga
  20. Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
  21. Dreadnought by April Daniels
  22. Felix the Railway Cat by Kate Moore
  23. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
  24. Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner
  25. The Fog by Kyo Maclear
  26. Giant Days, Volume 4 by John Allison
  27. Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
  28. The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
  29. The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg
  30. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  31. How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
  32. Kitchener Waterloo: A Guidebook from Memory by Robert Motum
  33. Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
  34. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  35. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
  36. The Locksmith issue 3 by Terrance Grace
  37. The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  38. Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
  39. Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
  40. Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
  41. Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
  42. My Pet Human Takes Center Stage by Yasmine Surovec
  43. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
  44. Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat
  45. Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
  46. The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
  47. A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
  48. Paper Girls Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
  49. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  50. Real Friends by Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  51. Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
  52. Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  53. Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
  54. The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
  55. Traveling Light by Lynne Branard
  56. Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
  57. The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  58. Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1 by Tim Hedrick
  59. Vampires on the Run by C.M. Surrisi
  60. Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy
  61. Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Backlist titles that received five star rating

  1. Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
  2. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
  4. Are We There Yet? by Nina Laden
  5. Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
  6. Before There Was Mozart by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  7. Bird & Squirrel on the Edge! by James Burks
  8. Bisbee, Arizona, Then And Now by Boyd Nicholl
  9. Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett
  10. Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
  11. California by Edan Lepucki
  12. The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass
  13. A Castle On Viola Street by Dyanne Disalvo
  14. Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword by Mike Maihack
  15. Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass
  16. The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
  17. The 52-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  18. Finding Fortune by Delia Ray
  19. Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
  20. Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
  21. The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
  22. Giant Days, Volume 1 by John Allison
  23. Giant Days, Volume 3 by John Allison
  24. Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
  25. The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
  26. The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
  27. The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood
  28. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  29. Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
  30. The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  31. Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye
  32. Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson
  33. I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang
  34. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
  35. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  36. Instructions by Neil Gaiman
  37. It's a Book by Lane Smith
  38. Jem and the Holograms, Volume 2: Viral by Kelly Thompson
  39. Jem and the Holograms, Volume 3: Dark Jem by Kelly Thompson
  40. Just Us Women by Jeannette Franklin Caines
  41. Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
  42. Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris
  43. The Lens by N.K. Guy
  44. Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
  45. Lumberjanes, Volume 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
  46. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
  47. The Magic Cornfield by Nancy Willard
  48. March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  49. The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi
  50. Merman in My Tub, Volume 1 (オレん家のフロ事情 1) by Itokichi
  51. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  52. My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
  53. Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
  54. The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
  55. On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott and illustrated by Glo Coalson
  56. Over Easy by Mimi Pond
  57. Pantomime by Laura Lam
  58. Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  59. Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
  60. Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
  61. Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers by Harold Davis
  62. The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
  63. The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio
  64. Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
  65. Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman
  66. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  67. Scarecrow Magic by Ed Masessa
  68. Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder
  69. Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett
  70. Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
  71. Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
  72. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
  73. The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  74. Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
  75. Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
  76. Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh
  77. Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
  78. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  79. The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear
  80. Stranger on a Train by Carolyn Keene
  81. This Land I Love: Waterloo County by Carl Hiebert
  82. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padu
  83. The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  84. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  85. The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  86. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
  87. Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin
  88. We Are the Engineers by Angela Melick
  89. Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 edited by Rosamund Kidman Cox
  90. XVI by Julia Karr

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Comment #1: Monday, January 08, 2018 at 22:49:47

Laura Fabiani

I also liked The Perfect Day and I really really want to read The Hate U Give.



Comment #2: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 18:47:00

Pussreboots

I hope you do read The Hate U Give.