Last year I saw Cristina @ Girl in the Pages post about her 5 star reading drought (which was originally inspired by Lauren @ Bookmark Lit’s post here), and I thought it was such a great post, so I did one of my own! It was really interesting to see what me 5 star reads looked like for last year, and I definitely want to start doing it every year!
5 star books of 2019
This number is usually low since I’m a picky rater. I had 18 in total (out of 69 books read so far), but a whopping 12 of them were re-reads, so I only had six new 5 star books this year. That is so depressing! If you don’t count re-reads, my 5 star books only account for 9% of what I read all year :(
New 5 star reads
Just like last year, most (4 out of 6) were tried and true authors for me (Jay & Pierce) that were basically guaranteed 5 stars before I ever picked them up. And even A.G. Howard was a high probability since I loved Splintered.
5 star Re-reads
Again, just like last year, re-reading really worked out for me! I enjoyed diving back into some old favorites so much, I definitely want to continue doing it!
Almost 5 star reads
Here’s the ones that came super close, but fell just a tad short, so I gave them 4.5 stars instead!
5 star predictions from last year
Books I knew (or thought) would be 5 stars
…and most of them were (the Jay books, of course). Except Soul of the Sword. In a freaky twist, I was disappointed in a Julie book for the first time ever?? WHAT HAPPENED?! Did I jinx myself?! I’m so bummed, honestly. It’s the first book of hers I’ve ever read that has NOT been 5 stars.
Books I hoped would be 5 stars
- Hades’ Daughter by Sara Douglass – still haven’t read
- The Girl King by Mimi Yu – ★★
- Stain by A.G. Howard – ★★★★★
- The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson – ★★½
- The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – still haven’t read
Okay, so I sucked and didn’t read two and guessed wrong on two more lol. Womp womp. But Stain was amazing!
5 star predictions for 2020
It’s SO hard for me to predict which books I’m going to love, because I just never know. Sometimes I expect to love something, and don’t; sometimes I don’t think I’ll like something at all and I end up loving it. I have high hopes for these, though!
Books I know will be 5 stars
Jay never lets me down!
Books I hope will be 5 stars
How many 5 star reads did you have this year?