Hey readers! I’ve been seeing a few other people post some of their 5 star tbr predictions lately and thought I would jump on the bandwagon. Now, since I don’t actually give out star ratings, I’ll be basing this on books I think will end up on my favourites shelf. I have 5 books to share today, all of which I already own. Once I’ve read all 10 of these, I’ll come back with a 5 star predictions wrap-up and we’ll see what my thoughts were!
Books I Think Will End Up On My Favourites Shelf
1. “Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor
I read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor quite a few years ago and it was one of my favourite YA fantasy series I’ve ever read. I was really anticipating the release of this one, but for some reason I just kept putting it off. I actually took it off my TBR and unhauled my copy a few month ago. But, with the upcoming release of Muse of Nightmares and all the hype resurfacing, I’ve been reevaluating my position on Strange the Dreamer and I’m actually pretty sure this is going to end up being one of my all time faves. I love her writing and her characters and I just have a feeling that I’m going to adore this.
2. “Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World” by Ashley Herring Blake
I’ve read two of Ashley Herring Blake’s previous books and I absolutely adored both of them. Girl Made of Stars is one of the most nuanced books I’ve ever read about rape, and How To Make A Wish was one of the first books I ever read with a bisexual main character. From what I’ve gathered, Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World is a middle grade novel about a girl developing her first crush on another girl. If this is anything like Ashley Herring Blake’s previous books I know I can expect great characters, beautiful writing & a story that will make me feel so many feels.
3. “Barbed Wire Heart” by Tess Sharpe
I actually haven’t heard much about this one since its release. Tess Sharpe is the author of one of my favourite YA mysteries, Far From You. Whilst Barbed Wire Heart isn’t YA, I have a lot of faith that I’m still going to love this. I really enjoy Sharpe’s writing style, and I can just imagine the things she could do in an adult novel. I’ve heard that this is bloody and horrifying and feminist af and honestly, I’m all about that life. Even though I don’t know much about the actual plot of this book, I 100% trust Sharpe and think I’m going to love this.
4. “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden
Okay, this is going to sound really weird, but I think this is going to end up on my favourites because I put off buying it for ages because I thought I’d hate it. I do not read/like many books with lyrical, flowery prose and that’s literally all i knew about The Bear and the Nightingale and so I immediately assumed I would hate it. I’ve seen lots of people I have similar taste in books with loving this book and so my opinion of what I will think of this has swayed a little. Also, I heard it’s feminist af and has morally grey characters which I always love so….. I guess we’ll see!
5. “All the Rage” by Courtney Summers
All the Rage has been on my radar for a few years, but I’ve only just bought it this past week. I recently read Courtney Summers’s most recent release, Sadie, and that book is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. I love Summers’s writing style and think she very excellently explores important topics. I know that All the Rage deals with/explores rape culture, and after reading Sadie, I wholeheartedly believe in Summers’s ability to explore this topic with sensitivity and nuance. I’ll be reading it almost immediately after it arrives in the mail & I hope it love it as much as I’m expecting to!
I haven’t been reading non-fiction for very long, and whilst I find some of them very informative and hard-hitting, I always hesitate to add them to my favourites shelf. I read a lot of memoirs and non-fiction about social justice issues and feel weird placing them on the same favourites shelf as fictional stories, even if they deal with a lot of the same issues. For that reason, I’m going to make a list here of some non-fiction books I’m anticipating reading & expecting I will find educational, informative, well-written and/or entertaining.
Non-Fiction Books I Think I’ll Enjoy
- “Eggshell Skull” by Bri Lee
- “Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality” by Sarah McBride
- “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” by Michelle McNamara
- “Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia” edited by Anita Heiss
- “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Okay, readers, there we have all of the books I think will end up on my favourites shelf/non-fiction books I think I’ll enjoy! If you’ve read any of the above, let me know what you thought of them and tell me if you think I’d like them. Also let me know what are some books you have on your tbr you predict you’ll give 5 stars to?
Thanks so much for reading!