I have seen many BookTubers do videos on their 5 star predictions in the past few years, as well as a few book bloggers – though I’ve never done one of my own.
A disclaimer before I get into these predictions; some of these books may have been out for some time, but because of various reasons I’ve not gotten to them yet – so if “Kath, how have you not read that yet? It’s been out for ages” comes into your mind for any of them as you read through them, that’s why hehe.
Okay! Let’s get into some of my 5 star predictions for the year! – Please note, not all of the novels mentioned are pictured below as they are either not yet released, Kindle e-books or I am yet to buy them and prefer to use my own photos in my posts, rather than stock images (i.e. from Goodreads or Google Images). These are also listed in no particular order.
A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shake of Magic #2) by V.E Schwab
I think I read ADSOM a while ago, and have been itching to read the sequel, but have been preoccupied with other books haha. Given that Jadeyraeread’s Polarthon is coming up though, I might be able to fit it in to my February TBR.
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Another book I’ve been meaning to read for a time; I reread ACOTAR back in November/December, and meant to read the sequel during the Winter Magical Readathon over Christmas but ended up changing my choice for the prompt I’d allocated it to – another one that I might be able to fit into the Polarthon.
The Challenger (Contender #2) – Expected release 14th May by Taran Matharu
I cannot wait for this to come out. Having read the first novel, The Chosen, last year and loving it I’m beyond excited for the second instalment!
Heartstopper Vol 3 – Expected release 6th February by Alice Oseman
I loved the first two volumes (the story is so cute!) and I know I’ll adore this one, too.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
I’ve not read anything by Russo before, and I don’t think I’ve read a book like this before so I’m glad my best friend got this for me for Christmas.
Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop – Expected Release 6th July by Ali McNamara
I own, and have read a number of Ali’s works, and have received a couple of arcs too. I love her writing nearly as much as Taran’s – actually, I think I love their writing on an equal amount – and am excited for this next release.
Darkwhispers: A Brightstorm Adventure – Expected Release 6th Feb by Vashti Hardy
I loved reading Brightstorm last year, and have high hopes for this one. I can’t wait for it to come out!
Gargantis (Legends of Eerie-On-Sea)- Expected Release 7 May by Thomas Taylor
I adored Malamander and its characters last year, and am itching to discover what happens next!
Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines Quartet #1) by Philip Reeve
I’ve heard mixed reviews about this, but I have a good feeling about it as it sounds just like my cup of tea. This is another book I’ve been meaning to read for a while – and thanks to my Instagram followers it is one of the books on my January TBR (see link to post at bottom of post).
Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
I’ve been meaning to read this for ages but never seemed to get round to it – and I regret to say I watched the movie first. This is another book that has finally been added to a monthly TBR, thanks to my followers.
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)
I started reading this a short while ago, but for a reason I don’t remember (most likely uni work) I stopped reading it and have been meaning to start again – something I hope to do this month (though it’s quite long, so it may not happen).
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)
I have read most of the other books in the series, and am afraid and apprehensive, rather than excited, to read the finale to Maas’ long running series. This down to my fear about how the series is going to end. I want to read it, but it intimidates me not because it’s the final book in the series and I’ve read/heard worrying things about its end, but also because it’s so big!
The Mage Storms by Mercedes Lackey
I’d not heard of this author – or the trilogy – when I found it in WHSmith on a birthday trip to Cambridge with my best friend last year, but when I read the blurb I was immediately drawn in to the story and world Lackey had created. Book one in the trilogy, Storm Warning is another on my January TBR, and I am so excited!
Earthsea: The First Four Books by Ursula K. Le Guin
I’ve seen Tales of Earthsea, the Studio Ghibli film, but I didn’t know that it was adapted from a series of novels (though I suppose it should have been obvious, as most of their films are adaptations). I found out about this collection of the first four books from Jades “Christmas Book Haul!” and ordered it the very next day – and I am so excited!
Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
I cannot remember how long it’s been, since I last read the series and the third book; Forever – thankfully, this is more of a companion novel so I don’t need to reread the first three books. I must admit though, I’ve had this a long time – but I’m still excited to read it, as well as apprehensive as this is the last book in the series.
Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber
This is another which I have yet to buy but am excited to read. I read Caraval some time ago, but that’s not dampened the excitement and urge to read the sequel – the story-line sounds intriguing!
Siege and Sacrifice (Numina #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg
I adored the first two books in the trilogy, and had been waiting, anxious with anticipation for its release last September. However, as excited as I am to read it, I don’t want the Rune and Sandis’ story to end.
The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust #2) by Philip Pullman
The premise of this novel is really intriguing; set years after the events of La Belle Sauvage and those of His Dark Materials – though like a few of the books on this list, it’s a bit of a whopper.
Cogheart (The Cogheart Adventures #1) by Peter Bunzl
I don’t know much about this novel, but one of my friends loved it, add that to the cover and you get a very excited reader (I realise I use “excited” a lot in this post – but it’s true!)
Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) by Tamara Pierce
My best friend has read this series and thought I would enjoy it; loaning me them. From what she has told me this is an amazing series, and I can’t wait to read the first.
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
This is a retelling of William Shakespeare’s King Lear – the second I have heard of and own. It was one of my lecturers at university who told me about it; she told me it is a good read, but a sadder version. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to reading this novel adaptation.
January TBR link here
If you’ve read any of these books, what were your thoughts? Feel free to leave them (spoiler free and respectful) in the comments below.
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