Hey-o! I is back with another post. I’m sorry last week I didn’t post but life got in the way. Still, today I am back! This post is one I’ve been dying to do for a while. If you have read my latest posts (here, here, here & here) you know that I love watching BookTube. It’s probably the only thing I watch so it’s definitely influencing my blog and my choice of books. This post is the written version of a video I’ve been seeing everywhere. I’m not sure who started it but I think it was Lala from BooksAndLala aka my favorite YouTuber ever. So, this is how this post works. I looked through my TBR—more like skimmed because it’s too long—and made a list of books I think will be a five stars read. The list was a little too long so I try shorting it to a more reasonable number by choosing five random ones. What I’m going to do is read those books in a period of a year, hopefully less, and then when I’m done reading them I’m going to come back here and write a post on whether those were five stars or not.
I am a girl that’s very easy to please. I’m the type of person that rates with her heart and tend to ignore the problems of the book as long as the book feels right to me. My rating for a good book is 4 stars, 3 stars is a book that is kind of good, 2 is eh and 1 is for WHAT THE ACTUAL? I think I’ve only rated one or two books under 3 stars so that should say enough about me. I am hopeful that I’ll end this experiment with at least three 5 stars but I am okay if it doesn’t turn out this way.
I am going to start this list with some nonfiction. The first on that list is
Lili: A Portrait of the First Sex Change by Niels Hoyer
Lili Elbe was, in 1931, the first transsexual to receive a male-to-female sex change. This remarkable book – a sensation when first published over eighty years ago – shows Lili (now the subject of a major motion picture The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne) as a trans pioneer who took extraordinary risks to discover and liberate her true identity.
It is also a tale of marriage, of love and romance, that provides a fascinating insight to the bohemian society of the 1930s.
Lili: A Portrait of the First Sex Change is told through original documents, her personal correspondence, and with contributions from those who loved her most. Available in English as an ebook for the first time, it remains a pertinent and powerful work, acting as a monument to an iconic struggle, and a celebration of her bold and profoundly human journey.
I discovered this book thanks to the movie inspired by this book called The Danish Girl which was amazing. The main character was played by Eddie Redmayne and let me just tell you his acting was out of this world. Well back to the book, you know what they say the book is always better than the movie which is why I knew I needed to read this book but that’s not the only reason. This book is part of my queer TBR and for a good reason. I’m really trying to read more queer books because I feel is necessary to support these books and authors from this community. I’m talking in general because I’m not sure if this author is queer. We need more books that represent and tell our stories and as a queer woman, this is something I’m very passionate about. This book tells the story of a woman who’s very important to this community but that almost no one has heard about. I am so excited to learn more about this topic and queer history in general. I just know this book will be a five stars read.
This book is pretty hard to find since it’s not well known so I’m just going to link it here.
the other nonfiction book on this list is
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jonny Sun (illustrator)
“Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Vamos!”
Gmorning, Gnight is a collection of Lin-Manuel’s good morning and good night tweets. What started this book is the fact that every morning and every night Lin-Manuel tweets a good morning or good night messages to his followers. These messages tend to be motivational and poetic. They’re just beautiful and I look forward to them every day. This book came to happen thanks to his fans (me) constantly replying to them with comments on how he needed to publish a book with them. We
wanted needed one so we can conserve them and be able to get back to them since they tend to get lost in the sea of tweets. I am so excited for it. I just need this book in my hand like now! I am a huge Lin-Manuel and I just love everything he writes so I know this will be a 5 stars read.
Now from slightly poetic messages to poetry we got
The Dark Between Stars by Atticus
“I don’t know the truth of you
but I have that feeling in my stomach
you get before your whole life changes.”
This is Atticus second poetry book. He is known for his Instagram poetry and now for his two books. I adored Love Her Wild and it has been the only poetry book I’ve given 5 stars and I’ve heard this one is even better. My expectations are so high and I just hope that it won’t disappoint. I can’t believe I still haven’t gotten a copy of it. If it wasn’t because I’m trying to avoid buying books and instead pay off my new phone I would get it.
The next two books on this list are historical fiction which is something I avoid with all my life but I know I will love these books. The problem is that since they’re historical fiction I can’t get myself to start them even though I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things. By making this post I am now forced to read them which is perfect. So the first book is
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
This is another book I discovered thanks to a movie another one I loved. I honestly adored this movie which is why that the moment I saw the book I knew I just had to get it. The movie came out in 2013 and I’ve owned this book since then so that should say it all. I even own the audiobook but even then I still haven’t read it. I have discovered I love movies about world war II and of people trying to help jews so I hope I will love books of this theme as much as the movies. The idea of death narrating this story interest me so much since it’s something I’ve never seen before. This book is also a lot of people’s favorite book so that’s a plus. I honestly just loved the movie so much. I know I will love this book but I just can’t get myself to read it, but now that I’m writing this post I will. I swear.
The other historical fiction book I have to read is
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
This one is the only book on this list because of the hype. THE HYPE IS TOO MUCH FOR ME TO HANDLE! This book is everywhere and everyone seems to adore it. Every single BookTubers I watch videos from that have read this book has loved it which is why I’m so sure I’ll love it. One of them being EmmmaBooks and I still haven’t read a book recommended by her that I haven’t liked. I mean I also just read the short story Evidence of the Affair by this same author and loved it and gave it 5 stars so that also helps. If you follow me on Instagram—if you don’t what are you doing with your life? Here’s a link to my account.—you know I raved about this book the moment I finished it. This is also a queer book because if I’m not mistaken we have a bisexual main character but I don’t think her being bisexual is the whole story which is a plus. Also, can we just talk about how beautiful this cover is? I love it.
Now the last book on this list of 5 stars prediction is a sequel of a book I adored and that is
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
This is the sequel to one of my favorite book of the year and that is Renegades. Since this is a sequel I can’t share the synopsis because of spoilers but here I’m going to share the synopsis for Renegades.
Synopsis The Renegades:
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both
I loved Renegades with all my heart and I just need to know what happens next. After the amazingness of Renegades, I have very high expectations for Archenemies but I know Marissa Meyer will come through which is why I just know I will adore this book. I actually talked more about Renegades on another post so here‘s a link to that.
So those are five books I
know hope I will love and give 5 stars. What are some of your 5 stars predictions? Comment down below and don’t forget to follow me.
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