Five-Star Predictions Update

In November of 2017, I wrote a post that listed five books I thought would end up being five-star reads. The books I chose were Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, Renegades by Marissa Meyer, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, The Comfort Zone by Sally Thorne and Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. It took me a while – because I forgot about the books I chose – but I have finally read the books (except for one, which isn’t my fault!).

Here is what I thought about each of them and if I thought they were really a five-star book.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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Predicted Rating: 5

Actual Rating: 4.5

Since You’ve Been Gone was very close to being a five-star read. It’s been a few months so I have kind of forgotten about this book, and I couldn’t remember why it wasn’t just a five-star rating. I read over my Goodreads review and apparently it was because the author wrote too much at times (although the writing in general was great). I really enjoyed this book and it got much better as I read on. It had a good premise that made me want to keep reading.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Predicted Rating: 5

Actual Rating: 3

Milk and Honey is the first poetry collection I have ever read. Personally, I thought that the poems were a little simplistic and while they were easy to read, I couldn’t connect with them or find them interesting. After reading it, I thought it was because I was just not a fan of poetry, but then I read some poetry from a classmate during a workshopping class, and I really liked her poetry. So I think the reason it was not a five-star read was mainly because I found it to be too simplistic.

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

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Predicted Rating: 5

Actual Rating: 4

I’d forgot about this but Into the Darkest Corner took me an entire month to read. The beginning was a bit boring and it took a while to get into the action. Aside from that, I loved the way it was written and the story eventually pulled me in. So what didn’t make this book a five-star read was the slow beginning.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Predicted Rating: 5

Actual Rating: DNF

I feel really bad about not finishing Renegades. I liked the first 20 pages, but then I found there was suddenly so much going on and it overwhelmed me. However, I do have some reasons why I DNF’d it and it’s not because it’s a bad book: 1. I was sick when I was reading it, 2. books that involve a lot of action confuse me, and 3. I couldn’t be bothered reading it when I was on the train, which is a big sign that I don’t like a book because that means I have to stare aimlessly out the window instead. I don’t often DNF books that I own, so I think I’ll come back to it one day!

The Comfort Zone by Sally Thorne

Predicted Rating: 5

Actual Rating:

Apparently this book was supposed to come out in February… It’s May now and it has completely vanished from Goodreads! I know for sure that it used to be on Goodreads and used to have a release date that said February, otherwise I wouldn’t have included it on my list last year. However, I have found out that Sally Thorne’s second book will now be titled 99 Percent Mine and I have no idea what it’s about or when the release date is.

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Two of those books were very close to being five-star reads, but unfortunately none of them actually were (for me). Since writing the first post five months ago, I have read three five-star books: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. That is three out of twenty-two books I’ve read since November. That shows how rarely I rate something five stars, but then again, I do rate books four stars a lot of the time, which is also really good.

My Next Five-Star Predictions

I have a new list of five books that I’m hoping will be five-star reads.

1. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

A lot of the books I read are because other people rave about them and even call them their favourite book. I’m really hoping this book is great! Also…the cover is so pretty.

2. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

This is exactly the same with Starfish. I’m only reading because a lot of people loved it.

3. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

I’ve heard from a few people that Leah on the Offbeat is better than Simon, so if that’s the case, I should be rating it five stars! My rating of Simon was four stars.

4. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

I love Colleen Hoover and even though her last release wasn’t her best work, I have a feeling this book will be just like my all-time fav It Ends with Us.

5. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

For uni I wrote an essay about new adult books and apparently this is one of the most popular. I’m curious in seeing what it’s like, so hopefully I’ll be able to find a copy within the next few months.

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I’m kind of disappointed that none of them ended up being five-star reads, but to be fair I did only read three of them…

One of my next predictions has got to be five-stars! I’m really excited to read all of them.

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25 thoughts on “Five-Star Predictions Update

  1. What a wonderful idea! I’m sad Into the Darkest Corner didn’t quite live up to your expectations as that was one of my 5*s. I’ve heard lots of good things about Beautiful Disaster so fingers crossed that you enjoy that one.

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    1. Thanks! It’s okay, I still really liked Into the Darkest Corner, it almost was 5 stars! That’s good to know, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone talk about Beautiful Disaster!

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  2. I love this! I wonder how much our high expectations affect the overall outcome of the books once we read them. I want to say that it doesn’t affect it, but I’m not sure. What do you think?

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  3. I think that Sally Thorne book “The Comfort Zone” was scrapped as a project, and she’s focusing on an entirely different story, which is the 99 Percent Mine. I completely agree with you on Milk and Honey, waaaay to simple. And I love that you did an update for those 5 star predictions. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  4. I had pretty much the same thoughts on Milk and honey. I could not connect to a lot of the themes which considering some of them is a good thing. But I also know I am not the biggest fan of poetry in general. Side note I really need to try a Colleen Hoover book!

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  5. I’d be interested to see what you think of Beautiful Disaster. I read it after a bunch of people recommended it and I actually hated it so I don’t really get what all the hype was about.

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  6. Great idea! Sorry to hear that none of your predictions were 5stars. I do like the sound of Since You’ve Been Gone though. Glad it came close. All the best with your next predictions. I hope that you will enjoy all of the titles 🙂

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  7. Oh this is such a fun post, I love it! I’m sorry to hear that Since You’ve Been Gone wasn’t a 5-stars, but it was close, at least! 🙂 I really hope you will fall in love with Radio Silence, just like I did, it was a fantastic book. I also can’t wait to read Starfish, it sound amazing 😀

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