As someone who has set themselves a Goodreads challenge (that they’re currently very terrified of), I take my Goodreads ratings very seriously. I don’t take five star ratings lightly. Fellow Goodreads users will understand the seriousness of deciding a book is worthy of that almighty five star rating. Recently I watched a video by Sanne from “booksandquills” about her five star reads predictions and now I want to make my very own predictions.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Everyone and their cat has been reading Little Fires Everywhere. And I want to join that special group of book readers. Shaker Heights is a postcard-ready suburb that houses residents who are almost guaranteed to live Hollywood-esque lives. Mia Warren turns up to Shaker Heights with her daughter Pearl and scribbles all over the postcard of Shaker Heights. Just the blurb gives me Big Little Lies vibes and, I could be wrong, but I’m all about those vibes. It’s the next book I’ll be picking up and I just. Can’t. Wait. I am certain it’s a five star rating read.
One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
I’d seen One of us is Lying roaming about in the bookish world, much like I saw Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine dominating the sphere a few months ago (not that it isn’t still everyone’s favourite read). When I was recommended to read it directly, I knew I wanted to pick it up. It’s about five students who are inevitably linked to the death of Simon, a high school outsider who knows the other four’s gossip. Although I am aware I am linking yet another blurb to a favourite American series of mine, this read is taking me back to Gossip Girl. And, once again, I’m down for that. The blurb doesn’t give away too much at all but that kind of spooky round up is making me guess One of us is Lying will feature on my Goodreads account as a five star read.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
With this next five star prediction I’m throwing it back a few years. Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper was everyone’s favourite book a good few years ago now. I asked for it that Christmas, read a couple of chapters and didn’t get into it. And I knew it was because I felt the hype train get to me; I was too bogged down by the excited bookish chitter-chatter to get into it properly. It’s about a “love story that spans fifty years.” A love story that has captured so many readers’ hearts. A few years after the hype, I’m ready to tackle reading this again. I believe I’ll finish the book understanding everyone’s reviews a few years ago. I may have been a few years late to hop on the train, but I’ve still got the ticket. Metaphors. Yay.
Have you read any of these books? Did you rate them five stars? What are your five star predictions?