Over the years, like many people, I’ve tried to figure out what my rating system was and it has changed a few times. As time passed, I’ve become *quite* peculiar with my 5 star ratings: recently, I’ve only given 5 star ratings to books I consider to be my all-time favourites, which is why… I haven’t rated a book 5 star since March 2019 (I know, it’s been almost a year… 🙊). It isn’t to say that I haven’t discovered amazing books and series since then, as I’ve discovered some I really love, yet when the time comes, I just end up rating them 4.5 stars.
Let’s face it: I’m just being weird about my 5 stars, it looks like I’m overthinking it a lot and have some sort of commitment issues when it comes to those. 🤷♀️
That being said, I’m really hoping that it will change this year and I feel like I might discover more new favourite books in 2020. Because of that, I thought it would be fun if I tried to guess some of my potential new favourite books and do a 5 star predictions post! I feel like I’ll have read all of these books by the end of the year, so I might even reflect on this post when the time comes.
Side note: I haven’t included any new/upcoming releases in this post, as they’re not out yet and I’m more anticipating them right now than thinking about whether I’ll give them 5 stars, if that makes sense?
Anyhow, without further ado, here are the books I’m hoping I’ll give five stars to this year:
Honestly, I can’t believe The Poppy War was released two years ago and I still haven’t read it, considering I’ve been excited about it since its early reviews? 😱 I was waiting for the paperbacks to be released, but I can’t wait anymore (I’ll probably regret it when I have to wait for the paperback of The Dragon Republic, but it’s a problem for another day)! This book is a Chinese-inspired fantasy blending historical elements and mythology following a war orphan who has been accepted in an elite military school. I also know it’s pretty dark, considering it’s very military-oriented and I’ve read somewhere that it’s a villain story (sign. me. up.). I’m actually going to start reading it this week and I’m so excited!
This year, I really want to start reading Edith Wharton’s works: I don’t know too much about post-World War I American literature (except for Fitzgerald, I guess) and I’ve heard a lot of people talk about Wharton’s works recently, so I’m quite curious about her. This one is set in New York society where the return of the beautiful Countess Olenska sends reverberations throughout the upper reaches of society, especially for Newland Archer, who was about to announce his engagement to the Countess’ cousin, May Welland. This one is so many people’s favourite, so I can’t wait to know what all the fuss is about!
This book is one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, it’s about warrior bards and I need it so much in my life. I started reading Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series last year and she quickly became one of my favourite authors thanks to it, so I want to read anything she writes. The Harp of Kings is a Celtic-inspired fantasy which is about two siblings who have unique magic skills and want to join an elite warrior band, which they’ll have to compete for. While they’re there, they join on a mission to retrieve a mythical harp, which will need to be displayed at an upcoming coronation. This book is right up my alley and I can’t wait to get to it soon!
Last but not least, I really want to read more sci-fi novels this year and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is at the top of the list! I’ve seen so many people rave about it for years and it got me super excited to read it. I don’t know much about it, just that it’s a character-driven space adventure, has a diverse cast of characters and has the found family trope… it’s pretty much all I need!
Are there any books you’re hoping to read this year that you feel like might become a new favourite?