As I’ll be away for a few weeks – escaping to a sunny hot place from the icy winter here – I prepared a handful of posts to bridge the time until my return. This is one I’m actually very excited for. I have discovered it through youtube where people wrapped up their 2019 Five Star Predictions and while I haven’t found the creator of the tag, I’m pretty sure I know what it’s about.
Here are the books I intend to read this year and of which I think I’ll be giving them the highest rating. On my blog, that would be somewhere between 8 and 10 stars which translates to 5 stars on Goodreads. I am curious to see if my predictions hold up and if I even manage to read all the books on this list.
Marlon James – Black Leopard, Red Wolf
This book has been on my TBR ever since it was published but the sheer size of it and the reviews I’ve read always made me put off reading it. I don’t expect the language to be easy, I think the plot structure will be rather complex, and I think it will take me a while to finish this book. But those are all things that I love. If the characters are great as well, I’m pretty sure this will end up as a new favorite.
Laini Taylor – Muse of Nightmares
This is a book I specifically saved up so I can read it when I most need something great. I adored everything about the first book in the duology and I have no doubt that I will love this one as well. Taylor’s prose is just beautiful, I already love the characters, and even if the plot doesn’t end up the way I want it to, I don’t think this would drag my rating down a lot. So yeah, this is the one book on this list I’m most certain will end up a five star read.
Mishell Baker – Impostor Syndrome
This being the third book in a trilogy where I loved both the first and the second novel, it’s a pretty safe bet that I will love this too. Mishell Baker’s Arcadia Project series has so much going for it on the surface, but it was the writing style that really drew me in. A great premise is one thing (many books have excellent premises) but when the execution works so damn well that I just can’t put the novel down, then the author did something right. It also helps that I love the flawed, multi-layered protagonist and that she’s definitely not your average Urban Fantasy heroine.
Rivers Solomon – An Unkindness of Ghosts
This is where it gets a bit tricky. I think I will love this book, based on everything I’ve heard about it. But I also believe it has the potential to go completely the other way. Of course I’m hoping that I will end up loving it but that’s how it is with books – you never know. Something everyone else seems to like may end up being a book I hate. But I have a good feeling about this one and can’t wait to find out if I’m right.
So here they are. My five star predictions for the year 2020. We’ll check back at the end of the year to see how well I know my own reading tastes or whether I’ve been mislead by cover blurbs, synopses and book reviews. 🙂