10 Five-Star Predictions (Part 1)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

I've been seeing videos showcasing readers' five-star predictions around Youtube and thought I'd predict some of my next five-star reads. When I first was compiling this list, I didn't want to pick all the books I'm excited for and just share them with you. I'm excited for tons of books that probably won't be five-stars, let's be honest.

I am super picky when doling out five stars. So far this year, I have read a total of 81 books and only 11 of them have been five stars. ONLY 11. So, I don't want to "fail" with this list-- like, what if I rate none of these books five stars? Yikes. When deciding what books to add to the list, I took a look at all my five-star reads for the last two years (2017 and 2018). I came to some cursory conclusions:

  • There were 38 five-star reads during those two years.
  • I tend to rate fantasy higher than any other genre I read. The next genre in my five-star lineup is contemporary (fantasy and contemporary are the genres I primarily read).
  • A sequel is more likely to get five stars than a series-starter.
  • If I've read from the author before, I'm more likely to rate their next books higher than the first book I read from them.
Knowing some of that, I still didn't want to fill an entire list with sequels so I took what I know from my reading tastes and came up with 10 books I hope will be five-star reads. In part 2 of this post, I'll let you know if I'm right and my thoughts on each one. Wish me luck with these!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Putting the hype aside for a moment, this book has so much going for it. An MC who is a librarian. Dreams that protray another world. A lost city that possibly wants to be found. It has lots of potential to be an amazing read!

Enchantee by Gita Trelease: It's set in Paris and there's magic. That's two of my favorite things so already adding ingredients that will surely make it a five-star.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody: This one is a gritty, dark fantasy set in a casino. Enne's mother has gone missing and it's up to Enne to follow the clues, discover family secrets, and find her mom before it's too late. Sounds fantastic to me!

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith: I adore books that travel abroad. Hugo is set on taking a train trip across America but plans fell through with his now ex-girlfriend. Hugo ends up giving the extra ticket to Mae, a total stranger and aspiring filmmaker. And you know what's going to happen. Romance! I love filmmaking in books; I love traveling! And I've read and liked Jennifer E. Smith's previous books before. I hope that means this book will be five stars! 

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry: I haven't read a book by McGarry in a long time but the previous book I read from her, Pushing the Limits, was a five star for me so high hopes for this one. It's a contemporary romance with a sprinkling of magic.

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins: One of my top favorite things in books is when a royal falls for the average person. I know these types of books tend to be over the top and bit unrealistic but I can't help but swoon every time. 

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell: There's magic and time travel; need I say more? 

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer: This book hasn't even released yet and I'm already thinking it'll be five stars from me. It releases January 7th of next year but considering the first book, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, is my top book of this year, I bet this sequel will be in my top ten of next year!

The Diviners by Libba Bray: Libba Bray is one of my favorite authors and I've almost rated everything by her five stars so The Diviners, no matter what it's about, should be a five star as well, right?

The Wickerlight by Mary Watson: I read The Wren Hunt when it came out last year and immediately fell in love with it. The Wickerlight is a companion novel that is set in the same world as The Wren Hunt and as much as it's not a direct sequel and doesn't follow the same main character, I still think this book could be five stars just based on the world building and Watson's magic alone.

What are some of your 5-star predictions? Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

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