At the end of last year, I published a list of five books I thought would be five-star reads for me. And it went really well! Four of my predictions ended up getting five-stars from me, and at least one of them is now on my all-time favorite books list (check out my wrap up post if you want to find out more). Since it was so successful, I thought I’d go for round two!

Last year, I actually found it pretty easy to come up with my five books (two were recommendations from a friend who has extremely similar tastes, one was by an author I had already read and loved, and two were very popular older releases). I feel like I kind of had a leg-up. But not this year! Putting this list together was hard (there might be a little bit of pressure since the first round went so well).

But I finally came up with five books I think are going to be five star reads for me next year:

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

I have loved all four of the books in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series. And while there is a new one coming out in less than a month, and I’m sure I’ll love it, I thought it would be more fun to pick the book I don’t know as much about. I’ve heard great things about Middlegame, and if all of my experience with Seanan McGuire says anything, I’m going to love this one.

The Overstory by Richard Powers

I had to pick a few long shots, and this is one of them. This has been on my radar for a while, but I recently picked it up on Book Outlet and read more about it (yes, I know I should find out more about the books I buy before I buy them, but I like to live on the edge). It sounds like a beautiful piece of literature and I can’t wait to read it.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve read one (and a half) of Leigh Bardugo’s books (honestly, I tried to read the Grisha trilogy, but Mal annoys the hell out of me). However, I am incredibly intrigued by her first foray into adult fiction. I’ve heard this is very dark, which is right up my alley. I am very excited for this one.

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

If you read my five-star predictions last year, you might know that of those five books, my two favorites were those recommenced by one of my friends. Obviously, I had to go with another one of his recommendations. I’d be stupid not to, right? So I’m going with this one, which also has a 4.40 average rating on Goodreads, and is WWII historical fiction. It’s the perfect storm.

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

I absolutely loved Wilder Girls, and I cannot wait for Rory Power’s next novel. This is the only book on my list that hasn’t already been released, but I did request an ARC so keep your fingers crossed I can read this soon. I’ll be buying a copy regardless, and if this is anything like Wilder Girls, it will probably one of my favorite books of the year.


I’m excited to read the books on this list. I’m going to try and finish these in the first half of 2020 so I can do another round next year, but we’ll see what happens. Either way, it’s going to be a good reading year!

Which books do you think should have made my list? Are there any books on my list you don’t think I’m going to love? Let me know in the comments!

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