I’ve seen this around BookTube quite a bit, starting with Mercy’s Bookish Musings. I had been in a reading slump for the better part of October, so I decided not to take part right away. But now that I’m reading again and planning out all my end-of-the-year bookishness, I wanted to give this a go.
The idea is to pick a handful of books you think you’ll rate five stars. This was harder than I thought, because giving out five stars does not come easily to me. I hope every book I pick up is a four – that means I really, really enjoyed it, and what more could you ask for? But a five star rating is basically saying this is a Favorite. And that’s a hard task!
So I pored over my shelves a few weeks ago and I think I found some books I really will love. Of course, I hope I’ll love every book I pick up, but that’s just not realistic.
This is Kristin Cashore. I don’t think I need to say much more than that because we all know she is my queen. Graceling is one of my all time favorite books. Jane, Unlimited is about a girl who visits her friends’ family home, which is this huge estate on an island, complete with a servants’ quarters and everything. While she’s there, she must make a decision, and we get to see all the different outcomes of that decision. I also here there is an f/f ship, which is so exciting because from the little bit I’ve read so far, I definitely ship Jane with one of the female characters.
Edit: Since writing this post, I started Jane Unlimited… and DNFd it. I made it about 100 pages in, but I just didn’t care enough to keep reading. I will very likely try it again someday.
I’ve been wanting to read this for ages now, and I have no idea why I haven’t. Minnow Bly opens up with a girl beating the absolute shit out of some guy. Oh, and she has no hands. This one I’ve also read a bit of, and I loved what I read. Honestly, everything about this just screams Bekka Book to me, from the bad girl protagonist, the dark secrets, the setting, the retelling aspect. I can’t wait to fall in love with it.
I read and very much loved one of Julie Berry’s previous novels, All the Truth That’s In Me. I also love historical fiction, especially about times and places I know less about. It’s like a history lesson and an adventure all in one. I’ve read some of this already and I think the writing is exquisite. Honestly there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m going love a historical book about a healer/mystic and a matchmaker running from Inquisitors.
My first real YA love is sad, dark contemporary about sad, dark girls. This is supposed to be exactly that. Bad girls and mysteries put together = Bekka trash, okay? I don’t really have much else to say because this one is a no-brainer.
All my favorite people love this book. We don’t always agree on the books we read or anything like that, but when it’s unanimously loved by the Books and Murder squad, there’s little to no chance of me disliking it. Also I am a sucker for tragedy and I feel like this one is very tragic. And anything that can get me to sob is usually a fave.
So I really, really hope I love all of these books. I mean, I hope I love every book but we all know life doesn’t work that way. When I am finally done reading all five of these books I’m going to write up another post to tell you all if my predictions are right!