T10T: October-December TBR 5-Star Predictions

October 2, 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s challenge was to list ten authors I want to meet, but I wasn’t keen on the topic, so I decided to start a new reoccurring T10T theme for myself.

Every three months, I’ll list ten 5-star predictions from my TBR lists for those months

(i.e., in October, I’ll list books from my Oct, Nov, & Dec TBR lists), and then we’ll come back later to compare my predictions to my actual ratings for those books!


1. Empire of Storms — Sarah J. Maas
why I predict a 5-star rating:
This has become one of my favorite series in the world, so… ?

2. That Night — Amy Giles
why I predict a 5-star rating:
I was obsessed with Giles’ last release, Now is Everything (which I gushed about in a review here), and think she is such a phenomenal and underrated author that I feel like I could give this 5 stars before I even start it!

3. The Bane Chronicles — Cassandra Clare
why I predict a 5-star rating:
Magnus is my baby ♥

4. A Very Large Expanse of Sea — Tehereh Mafi
why I predict a 5-star rating:
I think this is going to be such an important, devastating read, and those tend to be my favorites when it comes to YA contemporary.

5. Song of the Dead — Sarah Glenn Marsh
why I predict a 5-star rating:
I adored Reign of the Fallen and have such high hopes for the sequel!


6. Godsgrave — Jay Kristoff
why I predict a 5-star rating:
I’ve given all of the books I’ve read by Jay (or even co-authored by Jay) 5 stars. ?

7. Girls of Paper and Fire — Natasha Ngan
why I predict a 5-star rating:
This has been one of my most anticipated releases of the year for months, and the only reason I didn’t read it ages ago is because the publishers asked ARC reviewers to hold off on reviewing it until close to its release. ?

8. In an Absent Dream — Seanan McGuire
why I predict a 5-star rating:
It’s Seanan McGuire, how could I not give it 5 stars?!

9. Kingdom of Needle and Bone — Mira Grant
why I predict a 5-star rating:
Given that Mira is Seanan McGuire’s pseudonym, see previous caption. ?

10. Strange the Dreamer — Laini Taylor
why I predict a 5-star rating:
This is actually my most certain prediction in this list, because I technically already read the first 1/3 of this several months ago. Even when I was in such a bad fantasy slump that I couldn’t give it the attention it deserved, I knew from the first page that it was a 5-star read for me.

Are any of these on your TBR? What star ratings would you predict for them, if so?


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    1. ooh i love this idea!! hope all of these are 5 stars for ya 🙂 & some of these are on my distant, mental tbr, as in i want to pick up/continue with the series but i haven’t made it to that point yet :p

    1. I havent read Godsgrave or strange the dreamer yet! But I agree with you and think when I read them they will be 5 stars or close to it! EoS was for sure a five star read for me when I read it and I hope the series continues to impress you!

    1. Ooh fun! I love the look of Mafi’s new one, and Laini Taylor is another author I desperately want to read.

    1. I thought Strange the Dreamer might be a 5 star read too after the first 100 pages but then it went a bit downwards for me. And I only recently realized that mira grant is seanan mcguire haha.

      1. Haha oh nooo, I’m sorry it didn’t turn out as good as you hoped it would be! And yup, sure is! I see a lot of people say Seanan McGuire is Mira Grant’s pseudonym (when it’s the other way around) and it always makes me smile, haha.

    1. I wasn’t into this week’s topic wither so I just didn’t do it! This is a great topic. I think Strange the Dreamer could possibly be a 5 star for me.

      1. I don’t blame you, this was the first T10T week in many months that I almost skipped entirely. :/ I love the meme, but I feel like the quality of the prompts has gone downhill lately and it makes me sad.

    1. I love this idea you’ve got of predicting five star reads and then reviewing at a later date, it’s going to be pretty fun to see which ones end up five stars. A few of these are on my TBR as well, especially Girls of Paper and Fire and The Bane Chronicles. I adore Magnus so much ❤

    1. I love this idea so much!!!! Empire of Storms & Strange the Dreamer were both 5-star reads for me! And I’m very excited about A Very Large Expanse of Sea too. I almost bought a copy of Godsgrave this weekend when I went birthday book shopping, but I haven’t even read Nevernight yet, so I put it back down, lol.

    1. Seanan McGuire is awesome. I hope the next Wayward Children’s book sits better with me than book #3. It bugged me but I think it was because it reminded me too much of Alice in Wonderland. I hope all these hit 5 stars with you!

      1. Aw, I hope it does, too! I adored book 3 for its fat rep and disability rep, but I can 100% see the Alice comparison, and if I didn’t like Alice retellings (even if loosely done), I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did, either. I think book #2 has to be my favorite, still, for the whole aesthetic of the world Jack and Jill went to!

    1. You’ve got so many good books here! Ahhhh. I can’t wait to see what you think of them. I’ll be living vicariously through you until I actually can get my hands on them. 🙂 I’m so looking forward to In an Absent Dream. I also just picked up Nevernight, and if I like that anywhere near as much as I think I will, I’ll have to grab Godsgrave. And then … twiddle my thumbs and wait for Darkdawn like it’s not killing me, I guess? xD I’m hoping to read Strange the Dreamer soon, too, so I’m glad to hear you’ve really enjoyed the first part that you’ve read. 🙂 Seems a lot of people really liked it.

      1. I know I just replied to your other comment about a few of these, but I had to comment on what you said about the wait for Darkdawn lol! The #1 reason I haven’t read Godsgrave yet is because I heard it has a cliffhanger ending and I hate that Darkdawn had to be pushed back! Though of course I know why Jay did it and I love and respect him and don’t fault him for it, but wow, that wait is gonna kill us! ??

        1. Oh noooo, it’s a cliffhanger ending? I usually wait to read those, too. xD But by the time I read Nevernight and Godsgrave then hopefully the wait won’t be too bad. It’ll be almost next year by then anyway lol.

            1. I dunno, after the way Thunderhead and The Cruel Prince both ended, I’m not sure I can handle the wait for another cliffhanger book. xD So yeah, thanks for the tip! I’ll probably push them closer to the third book and see if I can’t stack them hehe.

            1. Omg, I heard The Wicked King has an even WORSE cliffhanger! It sucks because I already know I’ll be reading TWK as soon as it releases. ? I own Scythe but haven’t read it yet, so thanks for the heads up, because now I’ll probably wait to start the series until the 3rd book comes out!

            1. NUH-UH! fejiafejailfea. I mean, I can’t NOT read The Wicked King when it comes out. Like you said, I’ll be reading it right away. xD So I guess I’ll just suffer for a whole other year, and at least I’ve got some months to come to grips with that.
              From Scythe to Thunderhead, it’s not bad. There’s a pretty easy break, and while I was excited to get back to the characters, it is NOTHING like the ending of Thunderhead, which sort of just destroyed me and has me counting down days. So while I absolutely love the series and highly recommend it, I think waiting until next year when The Toll comes out is a great idea. xD I imagine it’ll pack quite a punch reading all three back-to-back, too!

    1. OOH this is such a fun idea!
      I think Strange the Dreamer will be a five star read for me too. I love Laini Taylor’s writing.
      I think the Nevernight books sound SO GOOD. I’ve heard they’re quite violent though, and I don’t enjoy violent books, so I’m giving them a miss!

      1. Thank you! 🙂 I hope you do love Strange!! And yes, if you don’t like violence in books, I would honestly 100% recommend skipping the Nevernight books, because there is a LOT of bloodshed in them!

    1. I can’t wait for A Very Large Expanse of Sea! That cover has me entranced! ANd I also really need to get my hands on Strange the Dreamer. I don’t know if it will be 5 stars for me, but I have a feeling I’ll like it a lot.

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