I’ve seen a lot of BookTubers do five-star predictions videos lately, and I think it seems really fun. So, today, I thought I’d pick ten books from my TBR that I think might just be five-star reads for me. My goal is to read them within the next year, and then revisit this list and see if I actually loved these books as much as I thought I would.

Other than reading them all by the end of 2019, my only rule is: I am only choosing books that have already been released. There are a few reasons for this. First, I need to get to more backlist books. Second, I’ve seen so many books I’m anticipating get delayed (which is fine – I’m willing to wait for something amazing), and I want to guarantee I’ll be able to read these in the next year. And third, books that are already out how more reviews, and I feel like I can get a better idea of whether or not I’ll like them.

Here are the five books I think I’ll end up giving five stars:

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

This has been on my TBR for ages. And someone I know who tends to love the same books as I do keeps recommending it as his favorite book of all time. So I think I need to finally tackle it, and I think I am definitely going to love it.

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Earlier this year, I read Isaacson’s biography of Leonardo da Vinci and absolutely fell in love. He has written biographies of some of my favorite historical figures (Benjamin Franklin was a close second for this list, but I do want to get to this one first, and I’m not sure I can fit both into one year). I love the way he tells stories, and I have been fascinated by Einstein since elementary school. So I think it’s time I learned more about him, and I am anticipating enjoying this one a lot.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I’ve had this book on my shelves for so long (I even somehow ended up with a signed copy), and still have not yet read it. I love WWII fiction, and a lot of people who have similar reading tastes as I do have raved about this book. I really think I am going to love it, once I finally get around to reading it.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I have had this since it came out, yet I still haven’t read it. Clearly there is something wrong with me. I’ve had a few people recommend this, and it’s gotten amazing reviews from people I trust. I really need to finally read this. And, based on what I’ve heard so far, I think I’m going to like this one a lot.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I cannot believe I haven’t read this yet. I really need to start this series. Everyone raves about this book, and so many people whose recommendations I trust have told me I need to read this. It’s happening. Soon.

I just realized this list is almost entirely historical fiction. Which I’m not mad about. Because I love historical fiction. I’m excited to finally get to these books, and seeing if I’m going to give these all five stars.

Are there any books you think I’d give five stars to?

16 thoughts

  1. I’ve read A Gentleman in Moscow and found it entertaining, but not utterly entrancing – I know it was a five star read for many, though it fell short of that for me. But I hope it lives up to your expectations!

    I would think the Einstein book is a pretty sure winner for you, because you loved a similar book by that author. I find I can never go from what other people recommend, even people whose taste is generally the same as mine. I’m just quirky enough to sometimes not fall in love with the books they hold so dear. Thank goodness each one of us has our own differences.

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