5-star predictions, or books I’m fairly certain I’ll love

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, which is always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl – all the information on the weekly posts can be found here. This week, we’re talking about one of my favorite topics: 5-star predictions.

These videos and posts have truly become a trend in the past year or two, and I love it. Ever since I started tracking my reading on Goodreads in 2013, I’ve become better at figuring out which books I’ll like. Although I’m a more critical reader than I was 7 years ago, I do feel fairly confident in my 5-star prediction abilities. Today, that theory will be tested.

I predict that these 10 books will end up on a favorites list/being 5-star reads. Once I’ve finally read these, you can expect a follow-up post from me as well. Who knows how long that will take me though…

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran
I found out about this book when I was looking through 2020 YA Fantasy releases, and immediately added it to the top of my to-read list. Fantasy is still my favorite genre, especially when courts and intrigue are added to the mix. What makes this book even more of an anticipated read for me is that it has an f/f relationship at the forefront, between (I’m assuming) the queen and her new spymaster. YES PLEASE.

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
Does this book need an explanation? It’s N.K. Jemisin. It’s SFF. I’m fairly certain it’ll be a 5-star read. I haven’t read a single N.K. Jemisin book I didn’t absolutely adore. In this novel, every city has a soul. New York City has 5. An ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, and it’s up to the city and her 5 protectors to stop it. Sounds epic.

Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
This YA contemporary has been on my to-read list for ages, before it was released. It just seems like the type of YA novel I would enjoy, combining humor with more hard-hitting scenes. I haven’t seen a single negative review so far either.

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
I added this book to my Goodreads shelf because of Ely, who sang its praises. I trust her with my life, and can’t wait to read this nonfiction book that will undoubtedly end up making me cry.

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
I’m honestly not sure why I’m convinced this science fiction book will be a 5-star read. I couldn’t even tell you the synopsis of the novel… I’m going with my gut here, and hope I don’t disappoint myself.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Is there a single other person on this planet who hasn’t read this book either? Red, White & Royal Blue was one of the most talked about and read romance novels of 2019. It had every booktuber I’m subscribed to sing its praises. My expectations are sky high at this point…

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Standalone fantasy + Samantha Shannon + dragons + f/f relationship = 5 stars

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair
Another nonfiction book, who would have thought? As you can probably gather from the title, Kassia St. Clair dives into the history of different colors. She discusses 75 different shades and hues, which sounds endlessly fascinating to me.

The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
You’re probably wondering why I haven’t read this book yet, since it’s a 5-star prediction and I’ve owned a copy for almost 2 years now. Honestly, I’m puzzled too. I don’t know why I do the things I do. It’s an epic fantasy novel with 4 characters at the center: a barbarian, a nobleman, a wizard and an inquisitor.

The Truants by Kate Weinberg
The reason The Truants is on my 5-star predictions list is because I saw someone describe it as dark academia. I love that genre/trope, and I haven’t read a single book like that I didn’t love.

Have you read any of these books? Which books are on your 5-star predictions list?

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17 thoughts on “5-star predictions, or books I’m fairly certain I’ll love”

  1. I loved Red White and Royal Blue, so hope you’ll love it too! The Priory of The Orange Tree sounds so good – I DNF’ed the audiobook but that’s because I had issues with the audio and I did like the few chapters I listened to so hope to pick it up again as a physical copy soon. I also need to try some N.K. Jemison ASAP!


  2. It’s been ages since I last commented on blogs but this was such a fun way to jump back in. You write in an approachable way that invites readers to join the conversation….even people like me, who are way too anxious and intimidated. Also: I cannot get over how uncluttered you blog is, and how you utilize your space with enthusiasm and informative writing.
    Hang on. I will go scream my fangirl moment into the abyss. Be right back.
    Okay. I am back. Let’s talk about books.
    I don’t think I have a good track record with reading science fiction. It still feels like I have no business reading sci-fi, you know? Leviathan Wakes feels more accessible. Or, more appealing, maybe, to me? I like the idea of taking the colonialism, crime, and political tension to space. From the reviews, I am seeing a bit of “noir” included in the book, which is probably even cooler than political tensions in space.
    I still haven’t read a single N.K.Jemisin book. The City We Became has an “urban fantasy” label listed among its genres. I think this book could be my first Jemisin book!
    And finally: I am scribbling titles with f/f storylines because I need more queer pairings that aren’t just m/m.


  3. Great list! I’m hoping to love The Priory of the Orange Tree and Queen of Coin and Whispers, and I need to read Red, White & Royal Blue – I’ve seen so much praise for it. I hope you enjoy all of these!


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