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Five Star Predictions | Verdict And More Predictions

April 16th, 2022

Hi Readers!

A little while ago I predicted five of my upcoming reads could be five stars. I’ve done this before with very little success, and whilst I did have disappointments this one went a lot better than others, so I wanted to do a wrap up before sharing some more books on my TBR I think I’ll love.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Despite giving this three stars I do think this was a good read and there was a lot I loved about it. There was just some themes and decisions the characters made that made this book less enjoyable for me.
Review

The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Rating: ⭐ ⭐
This was a real disappointment. For so long I’ve anticipated this book and maybe that worked against it. But honestly this just wasn’t my thing, which is a shame because I know so many people adore this book.
Review

In The Margins by Elena Ferrante
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Okay I realise now I gave this four stars, I don’t really know what this book could have done to have been any better than it was. I think I just connected to the first two essays/lectures more than the second two, so it wasn’t quite perfect for me personally.
Review

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Another pretty successful read. Out of all of these books I was least sure about this one. But I really enjoyed it, it ended up being a pretty invaluable read for anyone who thinks Bertha Mason deserves some justice. I loved it.
Review

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The last one from my predictions list I had to read was this one. This was my final chance, and it hit the mark perfectly! This was just everything to me, and I will absolutely be rooting for it to win this years Women’s Prize!
Review

Now for some more predictions. After The Island of Missing Trees I’m on a reading high and I’m hoping to give more five stars! This round is quite a mix of pretty much all the genres, but they’re all highly anticipated by me!

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Still Life by Sarah Winman
This will be my Easter Weekend read and I’m very excited to finally get to it. I don’t know much about it beyond being partly set in Tuscany, and thats all I need to know.

Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee
Slightly cheating with this one as I have already started, but I’m confident I’m going to love this. It’s already given some amazing insights into her life and works.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I have to read this before the movie is released! I’ve been meaning to since the book was first released to be honest, and I’m not sure whats taken me so long.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
I love The Kiss Quotient earlier this year, and this one follows I character we met in that book and I can’t wait for their love story!

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Thinking about it, I’m not sure I’ve ever given a fantasy five stars. I always go into them so excited, but I’m so picky about what I like in fantasy that theres normally something I find disappointing. We’ll see how this one goes!

Have you read any of these?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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