Top Five Tuesday 8/27/19


Top Five Tuesday was created by Bionic Book Worm.  You can find the topics on the blog I just linked.


This week’s top is 5 books I don’t talk about enough.  It was hard to choose this time since I try really hard to talk about books that aren’t super popular.  I’ve done at least one post about this before.  But I was able to narrow it down to 5 books that are pretty different from each other.





Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

This twisty book was a 4  1/2 star read for me.   I was honestly surprised by things and I love when a book can trick me.





Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

This was a 5 star read for me.  With all the hype around The Hate U Give, I think Dear Martin got pushed to the back a bit.  But it’s definitely worth picking up.





Campfire by Shawn Sarles

While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims’ foreheads.

The next day, the story comes true.

Now Maddie and her family are lost in the deep woods–with no way out–being stalked by their worst nightmares. Because there were other, more horrifying stories told that night–and Maddie’s about to find out just how they end…

I gave this book 4  1/2 stars.  It was just fun for me.  I love creepy tales told around a campfire in the dark.  And the thought of those tales actually happening is sort of cool.  (Yes, I’m odd.)





Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A’s and solid friends, he’s only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.

I gave this book 4  1/2 stars.  It was a good debut that was a bit different than other books I’ve read.  I loved all the diving terms and references, too.





Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when—as the eldest daughter—she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn’t lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens—after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt.

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal—especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

An easy 5 stars for me and easily one of my favorite middle grade books.  It was mature and hard hitting.  I just want to scream at everyone to read it.  And that cover is one of my favorites.  If anyone sees a print for sale, please let me know.  I would love to frame it.



Have you read any of these books?  If so, what did you think?  Did you do Top Five Tuesday this week?  If you did, please comment with your link so I can check out the books you chose.








Author: confessionsofayareader

My name is Kristi and I review books and mod on TBR and Beyond on Facebook. I love to travel and go to concerts. I've been married for over 20 years. I listen to a lot of pop punk. Otherwise, I'm pretty boring. We do have four grandchildren now and try to see them monthly since they don't live close. I read mostly YA and adult mystery/thrillers. I also read a lot of middle grade and some adult romance. You can also find me on facebook, twitter, and instagram (don't post often).

21 thoughts on “Top Five Tuesday 8/27/19”

  1. I love Tiffany Jackson and Nic Stone. When I reviewed Let Me Hear a Rhyme it was really a whole review of all three of her books because I just can’t believe how few people know who she is.

    I will post my review of Jackpot soon. I LOVED it!

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      1. She is worth the autobuy everytime. I hit the arc request the second I saw it on Edelweiss and hit the floor when it came through. I’ve met her and Nic Stone twice and they are just a gifts to this world.

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      2. They are wonderful! Oh Allegedly is some kind of something!! I still remember a certain page that was so messed I wasnt even sure I read it right. I tweeted her and asked basically in emojis to not spoil it and she answered me in an upside down emoji and I about passed out! Lol

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  2. I totally agree that Dear Martin got pushed to the background a bit and didn’t deserve it because it’s such a solid read!! And I haven’t read Jackson’s new book, but I really enjoyed Allegedly so I’m sure I need to dive into Monday sooner than later!

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