Top Ten Tuesday (127): Recent Five-Star Reads

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Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

seven of My most recent five-star reads

Cymbeline by William Shakespeare: An exiled noble makes a wager with another man, one Iachimo, that he cannot seduce his wife, the princess Imogen (because…why wouldn’t you make a wager granting leave for some guy to harass your wife?).

The Maid’s Tragedy by Beaumont and Fletcher: A young nobleman forsakes his betrothed and marries another woman, only to discover that she refuses to perform her marital duty as she is mistress to the king.  But can a man revenge himself upon his monarch?

The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton (probably): Vindice, a wronged nobleman, takes on the disguise of a pander in an attempt to avenge the deaths of his father and his betrothed Gloriana.  He walks about talking to Gloriana’s skull to make sure his desire for revenge stays sharp.

The Changeling by Middleton and Rowley: Beatrice has her betrothed Alonso murdered so she marry another, but then the murderer demands she sleep with him if she wants to maintain her secret.  Very weird, very disturbing.  Such is Renaissance tragedy.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson: People can make chalk drawings almost come to life!  Or at least they battle with them, using artistry and geometry!

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: An enthralling fantasy set in a vivid and detailed world.

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson: A Forger must create her greatest masterpiece yet–a new soul, a new identity for the emperor.

27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (127): Recent Five-Star Reads

  1. Lianne @ says:

    Yay for all the Brandon Sanderson titles mentioned in your list this week😉 I finally read The Changeling earlier this year and it was definitely an intriguing play; so weird and yet so dramatic xD Will have to check out The Revenger’s Tragedy, sounds like another play that I think I will find intriguing😉

    My TTT


    • Krysta says:

      I thought I’d read some disturbing Renaissance tragedy, but The Changeling still managed to shock me. It’s actually rather painful to read. The Revenger’s Tragedy is also disturbing, but it has a poisoned skull, so…there’s that interest factor.


  2. saraletourneau says:

    I’m so dreadfully behind on Brandon Sanderson’s work. *shamefully hangs her head*

    As for 5-star reads, I’ve only had a handful in the past year or so. Mostly because I usually have something nitpicky to say even if I love a story to pieces. But a few 5-star reads I can think of off the top of my head would be N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See.


  3. Lois says:

    The Mistborn Trilogy is one of my all time favourites. I just love how rich the world building is in the series and the character development is just wonderfully explored.


  4. Geronimo Reads says:

    I own both of the Brandon Sanderson books and still haven’t gotten to them yet. They honestly intimidate me a little bit haha,


  5. Annika - Hiding in Books says:

    I’m still waiting to read Brandon Sanderson and feel so uncool!😉 The Rithmatist sounds really interesting… And I should probably read Cymbeline as well. I don’t read as much Shakespeare as I used to. Thanks for sharing!🙂


    • Krysta says:

      I just started reading Sanderson’s books a couple months ago after reading everyone rave about him. I wish I’d read them sooner!

      I love Shakespeare’s romances. Cymbeline is probably the weirdest and I think that’s fantastic.


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