Sometimes you see a book or hear about a book and you have this feeling that it just might become a new favorite. When I get that particular feeling I usually don’t pick it up for a long time for fear of being disappointed. This year I want to rectify that. I plan to read all of these books by the end of the year, and hopefully give them all five stars.
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
This is the fourth book in the Outlander series. After being adapted to TV this book series has been everywhere. I was a little skeptical at first, since I’ve never been a big fan of romance-centered books or historical fiction. That has changed, at least the part about historical fiction. I liked the first two books in the series, Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, but I loved the third book, Voyager. From what I can tell, this is many people’s favorite installment in the series. The Outlander series is hard to label as just one genre. It’s mainly historical romance, but with adventure and a splash of time travel thrown in the mix.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Science fiction has become one of my favorite genres in the last couple of years. And my favorite stories are often character driven. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is both of those things. It revolves around a crew on a spaceship and their interpersonal relationships. I need not know more.
When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry
Like the previous book on this list, this is science fiction. Instead of being set in space, this is set right here on earth. All I really know about it is that it centers around a group of friends who come into contact with something alien which changes everything. I’ve heard mixed things, so this is the one I’m least sure about. I’ll just have to read it and see!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read the authors newest book in March, Daisy Jones & The Six, and that is already a new favorite book. This month I read the short story Evidence of the Affair and adored it. I can’t imagine not loving this book. Fun fact, I actually bought it on release day because it sounded amazing, but now it’s been on my shelf for far too long. If you don’t know already, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is about the life of a fictional Cuban-American Hollywood actress. It’s extremely hyped on BookTube, book twitter and basically every other bookish corner of the internet. I hear there’s LGBTQIA+ representation of some sort in this book, which is always a plus. All the signs point to this being a five star read. I can’t wait.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles is a retelling of the Iliad, which focuses on the romance between Achilles and Patroclus alluded to in the original Greek epic. I’m fascinated by Ancient Greece, the culture, the language, literature and most of all Greek mythology. After reading Circe and giving it five stars, I would love nothing more than to dive in.
I could have included many more on this list, but I wanted to save my wallet and focus on the ones I actually own. What are some of your five star predictions?