Monday 25 January 2021

My Five Star Predictions for 2021

I'm always hoping that the next book I read is going to be a five star/a new favourite because as readers we always want to enjoy every single book to the max. Saying that, I'm a fickle being and therefore I very rarely give out five stars because there's nearly always something holding me back. Out of the 78 books that I read in 2020, around 15 of them I gave 5 stars and I really want to read as many as I can in 2021. I've put together a list of ten books that I think could become new favourites and that I've been wanting to read for so long, I have no idea if I'll even get to them all this year but we'll give it a shot!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab       

Because I lost my blogging mojo for a while and therefore this post is going up later then I wanted it to, I have actually already read two of the books on this list. Luckily, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was a five star read! 🥰 I actually started this one in late December and then finished it at the beginning of the month but my god, this book is so beautiful. V. E. Schwab's writing is stunning, there are so many quotable sentences in here that I must have bookmarked about 50 of them. I already want to reread it but I'm very happy it lived up to the hype and ended up as a new favourite.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn 

This is my current read at the time of writing this and I'm about 180 pages in and really, really liking it so far. I got this in the October Owlcrate box without knowing too much about it but then everyone seemed to be reading it and completely loving it. I think it could be a five star because although fantasy isn't my go to genre I do find myself more and more intrigued by a lot of books that fall into that category. The fact that it's got elements of the King Arthur legend is also a massive pull as I just really like Arthurian legend and anything that is inspired by it. So far it's looking promising but obviously I won't know for sure until I'm done!

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig    

This is the other book on this list that I've already read but unfortunately this one didn't get the full five start treatment from me. I did really enjoy and it came out as a high five star read for me on my tracking spreadsheet but something was stopping me from adoring it. I think maybe it was the pacing that left me a little underwhelmed as this book follows a young women being able to enter multiple lives she could of lived and when reading it there were time where I wanted some sections to be more detailed or just more in depth. I did love the message though and the main character was really relatable too. 

City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty         

Like I said fantasy isn't what I usually read but I have a kind of gut feeling about this series. So much that I already own the first two books. A lot of people rave about this series and I really want to jump on the hype train! This book follows a young woman in 18th century Cairo who accidentally summons a djinn and is swept up in magic and politics. I'm excited about this one but I think it's a case of having to be in the right mood to pick it up. 

Emma by Jane Austen 

I've read two Jane Austen novels so far, Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice although I do own her entire works. Both of those were four stars for me and I know a lot of people like Emma so I'm crossing my fingers that this one could be the first to get five stars. I've seen a few adaptations of this novel and again, I just have that gut feeling that I'm going to end up enjoying reading the source material. I'm hoping I'll be able to squeeze this book into a future TBR. 

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow       

Magical realism, sprawling mansions and strange books with secret doors?? I still don't know why I haven't picked this one up yet. I do this a lot with books I'm highly anticipating, I delay reading them because I'm scared that my feelings are going to be disappointed. How many times can I say I have a good feeling in this post? This is recommended for those whole loved Addie LaRue, The Night Circus and The Midnight Library so I probably shouldn't be that worried. 

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It's pretty much a crime at this point that I haven't read anything by this author, yep not even Evelyn Hugo which is like the book community's darling. I know that there is a mini series in the works though with Riley Keogh and Sam Claflin so I definitely want to get it read sooner rather than later. I feel like I'm going to like the format as well because apparently it's told through interviews and the like, which I always really enjoy. 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff          

I'm sat here laughing because I still can't believe this is still sitting on my shelf unread. I mean I own the whole trilogy already because I think I'm going to adore these books but it's another case of putting it off so I can keep that anticipatory feeling a little longer. Everyone loves the books so I somone just tell me to pick them up already please!

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin   

The premise of this one sounds so bizarre and yet so intriguing and wonderful at the same time. Cities with souls and protectors? I love New York City (I've never been but I just know, ok!), if I could choose any city in the world to visit right now, New York would be it. This book is described as a love letter to the city so that's all I really need to know plus there's fantastical, speculative stuff going on too so I'm already there.

Threadneedle by Cari Thomas 

The noise that came out of me when I found out that I got approved for an ARC of this on netgalley was not human 😂 but seriously I am so excited to get to this book, it unreal. I love anything, witchy and magical so I have seriously high hopes for this. Plus I can't put if off for much longer as the ARC needs to be read before May!  

So, those are the ten books I have slighly too high expectations for!  I'm going to do my absolute best to get to them all this year and I'm keeping everything crossed that I love them as much as I think i'm going to! Happy Reading!


1 comment

  1. I hope you love all these! I’m glad you enjoyed Addie LaRue because I think it will be 5 stars for me too.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


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