5 Star Books of 2021 + Predictions for 2022

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on January 8, 2022 | 0 Comments

A few years ago 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, so I’ve been doing it ever since!

Past 5 star books posts

5 star books of 2018
5 star books of 2019
5 star books of 2020

5 star books of 2021

This number is usually low since I’m a picky rater. I had 11 in total (out of 52 books finished), but 7 of them were re-reads, so that means I only had FOUR new 5 star books this year. That is the lowest it’s ever been. How depressing! (To be fair, though, I did read a LOT less books this year, so that’s probably why it’s lower than ever.)

If you don’t count re-reads, my 5 star books only account for 8% of what I read all year – which is actually 3% higher than last year, surprisingly, because I read more overall!

New 5 star reads

Let’s be honest, the Jay books were basically guaranteed 5 stars before I ever picked them up. The two Warriors books surprised me! It’s been a while since I read one in that world that was a full 5 stars.

5 star Re-reads

I am a huge fan of re-reading old faves via audio! I can’t handle the Lotus War narration, but the bottom four were all audio re-reads. I actually read Aurora’s End twice this year because it was just so good!

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 would be 5 stars

As if Jay would ever write a book that wasn’t a 5 star read for me. *scoffs*

Books I hoped would be 5 stars


  • Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa – ★★★★½
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee – never got to it *facepalm*
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken – ★★★
  • Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert – ★★★★½
  • Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa DNF
  • Empire of Silence by Chirstopher Ruocchio – STILL haven’t read
  • The Silvered by Tanya Huff – STILL. HAVEN’T. READ.

Wow, I still suck at this! In a weird and unexpected twist, Iron Raven wasn’t 5 stars for me. I think that may be the first of Julie’s books that wasn’t. I’m mad at myself for not getting to Jade City! I WILL get to it next year!

5 star predictions for 2022

It’s SO hard for me to predict which books I’m going to love (as you can see above, heh), 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

I actually don’t have any this year because Jay doesn’t have any 2022 releases as of right now :(

Books I hope will be 5 stars




How many 5 star reads did you have this year?

Jessi (Geo)

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