5 Star Books of 2022 + Predictions for 2023

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on January 14, 2023 | 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

5 star books of 2022

This number is usually low since I’m a picky rater. I actually had 22 in total (out of 103 books finished), but 18 of them were re-reads, so that means I only had FOUR new 5 star books this year. This is the same amount I had last year, which was the lowest I’d ever had.

If you don’t count re-reads, my 5 star books only account for 4% of what I read all year. Last year it was 8%. (To be fair, I read less books last year so that’s why it was higher.)

New 5 star reads


5 star Re-reads

I am a huge fan of re-reading old faves via audio! I can’t handle the Stormdancer narration, but that was the only one that wasn’t an audiobook.

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

I didn’t have any for this year because Jay didn’t have any 2022 releases :(

Books I hoped would be 5 stars




  • Jade City by Fonda Lee – DNF
  • The Paths Between Stars by Amira K. Makansi – DNF
  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao – ★★★★★
  • Dark Theory by Wick Welker – started to read, lost interest
  • Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio – DNF
  • The Genesis War by Akemi Dawn Bowman – ★★★½
  • Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune – ★★★½
  • Sundial by Catriona Ward – DNF
  • Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky – still haven’t read
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – ★★
  • The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow – ★★★
  • The Beast Hunters by Christer Lende – still haven’t read

Welp. 1/12 isn’t bad, right? Right?! Lol wowww I fail.

5 star predictions for 2023

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

If Red God (RR #7) and Empire of the Vampire #2 do end up being released in 2023 (I doubt it), they’re on this list too!

Books I hope will be 5 stars


A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal is on this list too, but it doesn’t have a cover yet!

How many 5 star reads did you have this year?

Jessi (Geo)

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