Year End Wrap Up: Five Star Predictions

Hello, reader!

Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was amazing and that the first few days of 2021 have been treating you well. I’ve been trying to struggle out of a lovely bout of burnout that hit me right before Christmas. I have all these posts I want to do to wrap up the end of the year and absolutely no energy to do them! It’s really quite frustrating 😅

I’m buckling down today, though, to bring you one of those many posts. In 2019, I did a Top Ten Tuesday all about my five star predictions for 2020. Now, I want to go back to see A) whether I actually read the books I put on my list and B) if I loved them as much as I thought I would!


Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Did I read it?: Yes!

My rating: 5 stars

Starting off strong here! I did end up reading and loving this book so much. It was dark and weird and just my perfect kind of book. It also made me want to pick up more of Kate Racculia’s books! You can read my review here!


The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen

Did I read it?: Yes!

My rating: 5 stars

We’re two for two! Though this was a pretty easy prediction as I loved the first book in this series so much. I will say I was nervous about reading this one. I was going in with high expectations and that has the potential to not end well, lol. Thankfully, I needn’t have worried, because this sequel was incredible. You can read my review here!


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Did I read it?: No…

Still a 5 star prediction?: Yes!

I picked up the entire Illuminae Files over this past year and, yet, have not read a single one. I know I’m going to love it. I have this gut feeling that it’s going to be a new favorite sci-fi. For some reason, though, whenever there is a possibility that it could get on the TBR, I end up picking something else up. Not this year, though! This entire series is firmly on my 2021 TBR and I will get to it!


Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Did I read it?: No…

Still a 5 star prediction?: Yes!

2021 is also going to be a year where I’m going to try and wrap up a lot of the series I’m currently reading. This book certainly fits because I read Strange the Dreamer, the first book in this duology, ages ago and I’ve been wanting to finish for awhile! Why am I like this? I adored the first book, I’m a fan of Laini Taylor’s writing, so I still think I’ll end up giving this one five stars.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Did I read it?: No…

Still a 5 star prediction?: Kind of?

This is a book that I feel like I’ll love, but maybe not… love love? The more distance I get from reading Circe, the more I realize that I really enjoyed that book, but it wasn’t perfect. I’m starting to wonder if this will be much the same. I still want to read it and I definitely think it will be right up my alley, but I dunno if I’m confident in this prediction anymore.


The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Did I read it?: No…

Still a 5 star prediction?: Yes!

This is another book that is part of a series I really want to finish in 2021. I gave the first book in the Mistborn series, The Final Empire, five stars and I gave the second, The Well of Ascension, four stars. I think this is a pretty safe prediction, lol. With all the set up in the last book, I think this one is going to blow me away! It will definitely be on the 2021 TBR and I’m excited to finally read it.


The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Did I read it?: No…

Still a 5 star prediction?: Yes!

Yet another book that is part of a series! With this one, though, I won’t be able to complete the series because the last book isn’t out yet. Still, I do think I’m going to love this book just as much as I loved the first in the series, The Name of the Wind. That book got me out of a year long reading slump and reignited my love of epic fantasy. I can’t wait to continue Kvothe’s story!


There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Did I read it?: No…

Still a 5 star prediction?: Yes!

I’ve been meaning to read this book since it released in 2019. It sounds like something that I would absolutely love and, yet, it continues to languish on my bookshelf 😅 I think part of it is my brain telling me I don’t need to start yet another series when I’m in the middle of so many. The other part is that I prioritized a lot of new releases last year as opposed to trying to clean up my backlist. Either way, I do plan on reading this soon and I do still think I’m going to rate it five stars!


The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Did I read it?: Yes!

My rating: 4 stars

Oh, what a beautiful little book! I knew the mixture of Mozart and fairies was going to be something I enjoyed and I was right! Though this one didn’t get the full five stars, I would have to say it came pretty dang close. Reading this book was like ensconcing myself in a German folktale and I could have wallowed there forever. You can read my review here!


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Did I read it?: No…

Still a 5 star prediction?: Kind of?

There’s a reason I’m a little hesitant these days to keep this one as a five star prediction. Though I did thoroughly enjoy the only other book I’ve read by this author (Daisy Jones and the Six), it was written in a different style, which I found fascinating. So will I love a book that is more traditional? I’m a bit all over the place when it comes to my ratings of historical fiction, as well, so this one is definitely not a sure bet. Still, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book! I’m hoping it turns out to be one that I love.


So… I clearly need to try prioritizing my 5 star prediction books more 😂 I only read three out of the ten!! Of the three that I read, though, I was pretty spot on with my predictions. I plan on doing a new list for 2021 and, this year, I’m going to actually read all of them and see how well I do, lol.

Did you have any 5 star predictions last year? Did they live up to your expectations? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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