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Books On My TBR: 5-star Predictions

“How did they find us so fast?”

First line in A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Hi, fellow readers. As you can probably tell from the title, this post is about the books on my TBR that I expect to rate 5 stars. It’s fairly popular in the bookish community and I always find those follow-up post very interesting. So, I figured I would do one myself.

I’ve picked out 5 books which I’m fairly confident will get a 5-star rating from me. I’ve excluded books that aren’t out yet because I want to be able to read these in the near future.

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

This is the only classic on this list of predictions. I loved the movie as a child, but I’m also prepared for the “Disney made everything nicer” thing that’s bound to occur. One of my favorite BookTubers, Merphy Napier, lists this as her favorite book. According to her, the book is a little sad which is just my thing.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

This is a bit of a chancy one. It’s still a series I don’t know very much about, but everyone who’ve read it seems to love it. I’ve read one of Chima’s books before, and I thought it was fine. It’s been a while, but I know that I didn’t hate her writing style or anything. The synopsis of this one seems interesting enough to give it a go.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

When people praise this book, they seem to praise Chambers writing style a lot, and writing style is just very important for me when rating a book. I’ve also heard that this is a good sci-fi book for people who don’t read sci-fi. The sci-fi elements apparently aren’t that prevalent or important to the story. I also love character-driven books so I have high hopes for this one.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The safest book on the list. It’s impossible for me to imagine that the second book in The Stormlight Archive isn’t going to be a 5-star book. It’s average rating on Goodreads is 4.76 based on 170,000 ratings. That’s insane! I loved the first book so much, and I can’t wait to continue the series.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

I have no reason for this other than everyone else seems to like it. I’ve only ever read one literary fiction book in my life, but that ended up being one of my favorite books of all time (A Little Life), so I’m tentatively trying again.

I can’t wait to read these! Hopefully, I can return to this in about six months to confirm that they were all great. Have to read any of these? Or are they also patiently waiting on your TBR? Let me know in the comments.

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TBR – Sequel September

“In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, every lamp blazes.”

First line in The Diviners by Libba Bray

Welcome to my first (and possibly only) ever TBR-post and that because I’m participating in the reading challenge Sequel September next month. Kathy from Books and Munches is the creator of the wonderfully convenient challenge for those of us who just can’t finish a series when we’ve started it. If you also find this idea brilliant and want to participate, go check out her blog.

Rules

◊ Post a blog post / comment / Tweet / whatever saying you’ll be joining me in my battle against the TBR-sequels and pingback to this year’s post.

◊ Share your list of all the TBR-sequels that you own and then decide which ones to give priority to.
[Can’t decide which ones to read first? Maybe you can create a poll and let others help you decide!]

◊ If you’re sharing your updates on social media, use #SequelSeptember so we can follow up on each other!

A couple of months ago I posted a list of the series I need to finish. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that I haven’t finished a single one of them yet. My TBR for September will therefore feature books from almost all of those series. I’ve picked 3 books that I’ll for sure be reading (unless the library decides to hate me):

  • Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson – Book 2 in Mistborn: The Alloy Era (alternatively, book 5 in Mistborn)
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – Book 2 in Winternight Trilogy
  • Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner – Book 5 in The Queen’s Thief

If I have more time to read after those, I have 3 other books to choose from.

  • The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson – Book 3 in Mistborn: The Alloy Era (alternatively, Book 6 in Mistborn)
  • The House of Hades by Rick Riordan – Book 4 in The Heroes of Olympus
  • The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin – Book 3 in The Broken Earth

I’m very dependent upon the mercy of my library but at the moment, all 6 books are available so I’m hoping to be able to stick to this TBR. Let me know if you’re also participating in this reading challenge and what you think of my TBR.