Happy Monday, gals and pals! I’ve now done a couple of posts where I predicted some books I thought would be five-star reads, which you can read here and here, as well as a post revisiting those predictions, which you can read here.
It’s been a while since those posts, so today I thought I’d go over those posts and see how accurate I was, as well as predict some more five-star reads.
Just for a quick recap of the books I have read:
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: five stars
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: five stars
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: 4.5 stars, rounded to five
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: four stars
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: 3.5 stars, rounded to three
- Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman: three stars
- milk and honey by Rupi Kuar: three stars
Books I’ve read
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami: ★★★★☆
I really enjoyed a lot of this book: I love Murakami’s writing, I loved the plot and the story, I loved the atmosphere and the characters, the pacing, while slow, was really good, it was an enjoyable and interesting read. However, I don’t love how Murakami writes about women; it’s very odd and uncomfortable at times. Also, given the length, the book got a little repetitive at times. I definitely still recommend this book, though.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 stars, rounded to three)
This book was just a quick, fun, easy read. There’s no substance, but it also doesn’t try to have substance. It’s action-packed and entertaining, and that’s all it wants to be. I just hated the main character. He’s so annoying and whiny and frustrating, and it definitely wore on me after a while. I’ve also watched the movie at this point, and I think it’s an entertaining movie but a terrible adaptation.
Books I still need to read
- Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca is on my TBR for this year, so it will be read soon! I had honestly completely forgotten I’d put Women & Power on this list, but I stand by it. Hopefully I can get to it soon.
Check, Please! Volume 2: Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu: I recently read and loved Volume 1 of this comic series, and can’t see myself loving the second one any less.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert: this book just sounds like everything I love: a female friendship group, behind-the-scenes of a theatre, old New York. It sounds amazing, and I’m super excited to read it.
The Paris Hours by Alex George: similarly to City of Girls, this book sounds like it was tailor-made for me. It sounds so interesting, and I’ve heard really good things about it. I have it on hold at the library, but I think I’m about 25th on the waitlist so it might not be for a while.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: everyone I know, including those who rarely read/enjoy fantasy, has given this book five stars, and I don’t think I’ll be any different. I’ve really enjoyed a lot of female-oriented fantasy lately, so I’m really excited to read this eventually (hopefully soon!).
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: some of my non-bookish friends told me to read this book, and even though it’s non-fiction and I don’t often give non-fiction five stars, I think this will be one. It sounds fascinating.
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe: again, everyone seems to have given this book five stars, so idk why I’d be any different. I have the audiobook for this on hold from the library, and I’m super excited to get to it soon!
- Update: I have since read this book and I did indeed rate it five stars. It was amazing and perfect, and I genuinely mentioned it in every conversation I had for about a week. I mentioned it in a meeting at work. I mentioned it in a conversation about police brutality. I mentioned it in a Facebook argument. It’s just so good.
Honestly, looking back on this list, I’m not sure why I chose some of these to be five stars. Like milk and honey and Ready Player One in retrospect seem like such out-there predictions: I never read poetry, much less instagram poetry, and I never read sci-fi nor am I obsessed with all things 80s
(except the music, it’s all I listen to). Dark Matter also seems kind of out there, because while it has a lot of elements I would love, it’s also very different from what I usually love.
There are definitely a couple I wish were five stars. I wish Starfish had worked out for me, but I think my expectations were too high. And though I just said I don’t know why I put it on the list, I also wish milk and honey was five stars, just to make a point or something idk.
So, those are my thoughts on my past five-star predictions, as well as some books I think will be five stars! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Which should I read first? Let me know!