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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  • Reply ChrissiReads October 2, 2018 at 12:43 am

    I hope these books do end up as 5 star reads for you. 🙂 I’m so intrigued about Tahereh Mafi’s!

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch October 2, 2018 at 1:14 am

    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

  • Reply Tamika @paperback & flick chick October 2, 2018 at 1:18 am

    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!

  • Reply Greg October 2, 2018 at 1:25 am

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

  • Reply Annemieke October 2, 2018 at 2:11 am

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:09 am

      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.

  • Reply CJR The Brit October 2, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Love this! Empire of Storms was a total 5 star read for me!

  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess October 2, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Ooh I hope these books live up to your expectations!
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

  • Reply Deanna Reads Books October 2, 2018 at 6:53 am

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:10 am

      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.

  • Reply Astilbe October 2, 2018 at 7:56 am

    I hope all of these books are 5 star reads for you!
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  • Reply Kelly October 2, 2018 at 8:07 am

    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 ❤

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:10 am

      Thank you, love! 😀 Awww yes, Magnus, my sweet little bisexual warlock baby. I adore him. He has to be one of my favorite fictional characters of all time.

  • Reply Shealea October 2, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I have such high hopes for Songs of the Dead, too! I absolutely adored Girls of Paper and Fire, and I’m confident you’ll like it. Happy reading!
    * TTT: 10 authors I’d love to have a cup of coffee with ???

  • Reply Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd October 2, 2018 at 11:31 am

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:11 am

      Thank you! 😀 I’m so glad you loved those, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of A Very Large Expanse of Sea and Nevernight!!

  • Reply Barb Briggs (@boxermommyreads) October 2, 2018 at 11:33 am

    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!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:12 am

      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!

  • Reply Brooke Lorren October 2, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I predict a 5* review for Empire of Storms from myself as well. Strange the Dreamer did get 5* from me.

  • Reply Sammie @ The Writerly Way October 2, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:15 am

      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! ??

      • Reply Sammie @ The Writerly Way October 4, 2018 at 9:55 am

        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.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

          Bahaha, yeah, I hear it’s pretty brutal!! So it might be for the best if you aren’t able to get to it right away ?

          • Sammie @ The Writerly Way October 4, 2018 at 2:51 pm

            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.

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm

            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!

          • Sammie @ The Writerly Way October 4, 2018 at 3:49 pm

            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!

  • Reply Kyra October 3, 2018 at 10:25 am

    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!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:16 am

      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!

  • Reply Kelly Brigid October 4, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Love the idea of doing this! I really hope you adore Empire of Storms! ❤️

  • Reply iloveheartlandx October 4, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I hope these all work out for you!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/top-ten-tuesday-179/

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators October 4, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jenna @ Falling Letters October 7, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    I anticipate 5 stars for In An Absent Dream from myself as well!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 9, 2018 at 1:01 am

      Yaaaay, I hope we’re both right!! (I mean, how could we not be, that series is so good!)

  • Reply Elise @thebookishactress October 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I hope you five-star every one of these, ESPECIALLY the two Seanan McGuire ones – swoon.

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