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Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
The Mystery of the Missing Mask by M.A. Wilson
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
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Secret Coders: Potions & Parameters by Gene Luen Yang and Matthew Holmes
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Soof by Sarah Weeks
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FF9900 Orphan Wildlands Blue Highway

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Five star books reviewed in 2018: 12/29/18

Favorite books for January through June

The year is wrapping up and I've posted my last five star review. Here is a look back at all of the five stars. I've divided them into two groups: books published this year and backlist books. Looking at all the five stars together, 35% of the years' reviews earned top marks.

Published in 2018

I reviewed 112 books published this year. Of them, 66 books earned five stars. That accounts for almost 60% of the 2018 books I read.

  1. The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  2. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  3. Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance
  4. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
  5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  6. Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire
  7. Bob by Wendy Mass
  8. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
  9. Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  10. Charlie & Frog by Karen Kane
  11. The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas
  12. A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
  13. Dear Mrs Bird by A. J. Pearce
  14. Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
  15. The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks
  16. The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz
  17. Dragon Overnight by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and, Emily Jenkins
  18. Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan
  19. Foe by Iain Reid
  20. Flo by Kyo Maclear
  21. A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox (Kirsten Hubbard) and M. Shelley Coats (Michelle Schusterman)
  22. Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
  23. Ghostbusters: Answer the Call by Kelly Thompson
  24. Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  25. Giant Days, Volume 7 by John Allison
  26. Giant Days Volume 8 by John Allison
  27. The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case by Elizabeth Eulberg
  28. Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
  29. Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen
  30. The Ice Witch by Joel Ross
  31. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  32. The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage
  33. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
  34. Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  35. Little Red Rodent Hood by Ursula Vernon
  36. The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas
  37. The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue
  38. Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
  39. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  40. Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin and illustrated by Lucy Knisley
  41. Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper and Raúl III
  42. Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
  43. The Million by Karl Schroeder
  44. Monsters Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
  45. The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel
  46. The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
  47. Paper Girls, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
  48. The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  49. Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett
  50. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  51. Secret Coders: Potions & Parameters by Gene Luen Yang
  52. A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi
  53. Soof by Sarah Weeks
  54. Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
  55. The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates
  56. Stanley Will Probably Be Fine by Sally J. Pla
  57. Sunny by Jason Reynolds
  58. Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi
  59. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
  60. The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
  61. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  62. Weather or Not by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  63. Whiskerella by Ursula Vernon
  64. The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
  65. The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher
  66. Young Frances by Hartley Lin

Five star backlist books reviewed in 2018

I reviewed 253 backlist books. Of them, 64 books earned top marks. That's one fourth of the backlist books reviewed.

  1. A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
  2. Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson
  3. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  4. Bluecrowne by Kate Milford
  5. Bluff and Bran and the Snowdrift by Meg Rutherford
  6. The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
  7. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)
  8. Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
  9. The Dark Lady (or Il Trio della Dama Nera) by Irene Adler
  10. The Dastardly Deed by Holly Grant
  11. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  12. Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
  13. The Enchanted Egg by Kallie George
  14. Espresso Shot by Cleo Coyle
  15. French Pressed by Cleo Coyle
  16. Giant Days, Volume 6 by John Allison
  17. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  18. Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle
  19. The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
  20. I'll Save You Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
  21. The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford
  22. Lemons by Melissa Savage
  23. The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford
  24. Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
  25. Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt and Ross Collins
  26. March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  27. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
  28. Miss Pickerell Harvests the Sea by Ellen MacGregor and Dora Pantell
  29. Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson and Michael Robertson (illustrations)
  30. Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle
  31. The Mystery of the Missing Mask by M.A. Wilson
  32. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
  33. The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
  34. Noragami: Stray God Volume 4 by Adachitoka
  35. Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
  36. Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
  37. Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle
  38. Oscar Lives Next Door by Bonnie Farmer and illustrated by Marie Lafrance
  39. Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  40. Paradox in Oz by Edward Einhorn and Eric Shanower
  41. Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
  42. Questions Asked by Jostein Gaarder, Akin Duezakin (illustration), and Don Bartlett (translation)
  43. Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
  44. Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
  45. Secret at Mystic Lake by Carolyn Keene
  46. Secrets & Sequences by Gene Luen Yang
  47. The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  48. The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  49. Speedy in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson
  50. Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
  51. Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
  52. Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
  53. This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
  54. Thornhill by Pam Smy
  55. Title Wave by Lorna Barrett
  56. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  57. 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
  58. The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
  59. The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
  60. Welcome to the Real World by Angela Melick
  61. Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse
  62. When the Silliest Cat Was Small by Gilles Bachelet
  63. The Witch's Glass by Holly Grant
  64. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Comment #1: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 at 23:18:57

Martha Eskuchen

That is a lot of 5 stars. I didn't have quite so many this year but more than 12. I just purchased the first Upside-Down book with gift card. :-) I love those covers every time I see them.

Thanks for sharing!



Comment #2: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 at 20:53:00

Pussreboots

The Upside-Down Magic series is delightful. My daughter has all the books.