My 5 Star Book Predictions

My 5 Star Book Predictions

Hi, it’s Maija here, and today I’m doing one
of those 5 star book predictions videos that I’ve seen around on Booktube. I
think the first one was made by Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings. I will link
her original video in the description. So, I have chosen (1-2-3-4-5) five physical
books and I think three ebooks that I think are going to be 5
stars or that I think that I am going to like a lot, because I am very strict
about my 5 stars – I give 5 stars out rarely. If a book is
4.5 stars I most often round it down to four on Goodreads. 5 stars means it needs to
have some sort of spark, some sort of emotion that I connect to, to really
raise it above that level. So I’m hoping at least some of these books on this
list will manage to do that. I have a couple that might be safer bets, let’s
start with one of those. So the safest bet on my list is The Stone Sky by N.K.
Jemisin. I have rated both of the previous books in this trilogy 5 stars, I
doubt the conclusion will be getting anything less than that. Then I have
another pretty safe bet, which is Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb. I’m saying it’s
“pretty safe”, because I either give four or five stars to Robin Hobb’s books usually.
It depends on which volume of that particular trilogy I connect to the most.
I haven’t read a book from Hobb that I didn’t enjoy so far. So this is gonna get at
least four stars and I hope for five, since it has been, like, 15 years since I last
read about the adventures of Fitz and the Fool in the final book of the Tawny
Man trilogy. Yeah, you’re probably wondering why I haven’t read this one yet,
and it’s because I decided to reread the Tawny Man trilogy and it took me
ages for some reason to get the courage to read the final book in the trilogy.
And now I still need to read the Rain Wilds before reading this one, because I
haven’t read the Rainwilds before. But Robin Hobb is a pretty safe bet for me.
Continuing with the authors that I’ve read before, I also put Daughter of Hounds
by Caitlín R. Kiernan on the list. Caitlín R. Kiernan writes dark fantasy, sort of
horror mix, and this is the latest book of hers
that I own that I haven’t read yet. I have really liked her newer works, especially
The Red Tree, I think that was really great. Daughter of hounds, I think,
is loosely part of a series, maybe the one that
have Threshold and Low Red Moon before that, so I think I need to reread Threshold
and then read Low Red Moon and then this one, even though I think it’s more
of a companion novel. I think I need to start reading them, I feel so excited
holding this book! So the next two physical books are from authors that I
haven’t read before. The first is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred
Watson. I got this as a gift last Christmas from Elizabeth from Books and
Pieces. I have seen the movie of this years ago and I really enjoyed it. It was
really fun and heartwarming, and just a good cozy time. It’s about this woman
called Miss Pettigrew, she’s a governess and she gets hired by this nightclub
singer rather than a household of unruly children, and it’s this one day that she
goes around town with the nightclub singer. It could be really good if it’s super
cozy and just so heartwarming that I get all the feels, it might get five stars.
Next I have a nonfiction, you might know that I do not read a lot of nonfiction,
but I have owned for years now Tom Reiss’ The Black Count – Glory, Revolution,
Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, which is a nonfiction book about
the grandfather of Alexandre Dumas. And I’m a big fan of the Three Musketeers and
The Count of Monte Cristo, so I just have to read this. If this is a well-written
and interesting non-fiction book, this might get five stars just because I
really love the subject matter. “Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive
white French nobleman, Alex Dumas was sold into bondage but made his way to Paris,
where he was schooled as a sword- fighting member of the French
aristocracy”, and it’s about him and his life and him joining the army and rising
in the ranks. It’s just a really interesting subject matter to me. So now
we’re moving onto the ebooks, and the first of these is a safer bet again, because I
have read this author before and I really liked her writing, and that is
Jackalope Wives by T. Kingfisher. This is a collection of her short fiction
including the winner of the Nebula Award for best short story, Jackalope Wives, and
the winner of the best novelette, I think it was, in the Hugos of 2017, The Tomato
Thief. And it’s just a bunch of her fairy tale themed short stories. I’m not
quite sure if all of them are fairy tale themed, but I think at least most of them
will be. The previous short fiction collection was called Toad Words and
Other Stories, and I think it might be my favorite thing of hers even from all
of her novels that I’ve read. And I tend to enjoy her writing, so I hope that one
will be a five star one. I have read the two award-winning stories and they were
so good. Next I chose a horror book from a new-to-me author, Gemma Files’ Experimental
Film. This is a horror book about ghosts and movies, and I read the first
chapter during a Try A Chapter tag – maybe it was last year or earlier this year –
and I was like: “This is the book that I’m going to read next” and I still haven’t
read it. This is actually the book, apart from The Stone Sky, that I most think
will actually get the five stars, I don’t know why. It just sounds like
exactly my cup of tea. Also Thomas from SFF180 gave it five
stars during his Halloweek themed week last year and he doesn’t
really give five stars that often, either. I hope this will be as good as I
imagine. And for the last book I chose Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. This
just won the John W. Campbell Award at the Hugo Awards this year, and as with
Experimental Film, I have read the first chapter of this. I read it when I had it
out from the library, but I didn’t have time to read it then, I had to return it
because it had reservations, but I really liked the first chapter. I think this
philosophical science fiction book will not be for everyone, but I really liked
the writing style. It sort of mimics these older writing styles. Like, when I
read the first sentence I was blown away, because it sounds exactly like a
thing that I like to read. The first sentence is so long! “You will criticize
me, reader, for writing in a style six hundred years removed from the events I
describe, but you came to me for explanation of those days of
transformation which left your world the world it is, and since it was the philosophy
of the Eighteenth Century, heavy with optimism and ambition, whose abrupt revival
birthed the recent revolution, so it is only in the language of the
Enlightenment, rich with opinion and sentiment, that those days can be
described.” So those were the eight books that I hope will get five stars from me.
I would say at this point that I will make a video when I have read all of
them and tell you if they got 5 stars, but who knows when that will be! I’m bad
at reading the books that I say I’m going to read. TBRs don’t work for me. So
if you have read these books and think that I would really like them, let me
know, but also let me know if you didn’t like them. I’d also like to see a lot of
these 5 Star Prediction videos, so if you have done one, let me know and I will go
check it out from your channel. That’s all from me, and I will see you in my
next video. Bye!

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  1. Stone Sky is probably 5*, I gave it 4 at the time but sometimes I think it should have been more?
    The Tomato Thief was a good story, don't remember my rating but the story was really good (4* maybe?)
    Experimental Film also probably 4*, not sure what it is that sparks the 5* reaction, sometimes something just clicks with me?
    I suspect it's whether it's touched or reminded me of something "IRL" rather than literary merit. 🙂

  2. Oh, I want to read Miss Pettigrew someday! I've always suspected I'd like it. And yes, Jackalope Wives. I think I've read most in that collection but I do need to get it.

    Happy reading!

  3. The Stone Sky was 100% a 5-star for me, i can't wait to hear your thoughts on it once you've read it. I've been vacillating whether to pick up Too Like the Lightning but that first sentence is so good i think you might have persuaded me XD

  4. I wasn't aware that Ursula Vernon's also wrote under the pen name T. Kingfisher.  I really enjoyed The Tomato Thief so I will give the Jackalope Wives at try.

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