Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Five-Star Predictions

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantastic Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic:

APRIL 24TH – Top 5 Five-Star Predictions 

This is something I’ve seen Rachel do a couple of times, and I’ve been tempted to give it a shot myself, so now that it’s a Tuesday topic I guess the universe is compelling me to go for it.

darkdawnDarkdawn by Jay Kristoff: I made no secret of just how much I absolutely adored books one and two in this series. I don’t expect that I will feel any differently about the conclusion to the trilogy, even though conclusions are often controversial. Still, at the very least I expect Kristoff will wrap up loose ends and reveal everything about Mia’s powers. I expect Kristoff’s trademark snark and twists and turns and I have no doubt it will be a wild ride from start to finish.



leah on the offbeatLeah On the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: I’ve read two books by Albertalli, and I’ve adored both of them. There’s something about this light, contemporary style that I adore. I can usually breeze through books like this super quickly because not only are they fun and engaging, but they’ve got this nebulous quality that makes you feel right at home. Leah is the snarky, fat, bisexual heroine I’ve been waiting for, and she is, unfortunately, in love with her best friend’s girlfriend, which promises some dramatic shenanigans. Plus it’s been said we’re getting more Simon and Bram!


creatures of will and temperCreatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer: Okay, first of all, I need y’all to understand the inordinate amount of admiration I have for this cover. Just. Look at this cover. Look at it. Look at its intricacy and detail, its classic artwork, its borders, its fonts…I just. It looks like a 19th century painting. It looks like an illustration straight out of a demonology encyclopedia. I actually just purchased this book and it arrived yesterday and I spent like ten minutes just staring at this cover because it is so beautiful. But aside from the cover, the story reads like something made for me: Victorian London, a female fencer, demons, an underground society fighting said demons. I mean. Can you say custom-made?

the poppy warThe Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: This book has been getting a lot of hype in adult fantasy circles, and rightly so! First off, the author is younger than I am, in her very early twenties, and is a 2018 Marshall Scholar. Second, though a fantasy, it deals intimately with the violence of the Sino-Japanese War, particularly an frequently forgotten event called the Rape of Nanking, which I actually wrote my undergraduate thesis about! I won’t link to information, but you can look it up if you so choose; just know that it is one of the most horrific wartime acts ever committed. The sheer brutality of it is overshadowed only by the fact that it was completely forgotten in the aftermath of the war, and to this day there are segments of Japanese society that continue to deny it ever happened. That should tell you something about what to expect from this book. All reviews coming in so far say that this is a topic that Kuang handles deftly and intelligently.

american islamophobiaAmerican Islamophobia by Khaled Beydoun: I really admire Beydoun’s work and scholarship. In particular, he’s written a lot about the odd classification of Middle Eastern and North African folks as “white” on the US Census, and the history of that and the ramifications of a potential MENA category on the 2020 census. I think he’s a brilliant and incisive scholar, and given that this book was just published a couple of weeks ago, it promises to be timely and relevant to today’s political situation.  This is generally the type of non-fiction book I tend to love. Given that I myself am Middle Eastern and come from a Muslim family, I think the book will also resonate with me on a personal level. I am so confident I will love this book that I am strongly tempted to buy it so I can have it on my shelf to highlight and make notes in.

12 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Five-Star Predictions

  1. Ah yay, I’m glad you’re doing this! It’s a fun exercise. Also I’ve seen people talking about Leah on the Offbeat EVERYWHERE but I have only JUST realized it’s by Becky Albertalli dsjklfdjskl


    1. omg YES it’s the sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! You haven’t read that, have you? You should! I know YA contemporary isn’t your thing but it’s a suuuuuuuper light and quick read and it’s just really fluffy and heart-warming.


  2. Uh, I love those lists. Other people seem to be a lot better in predicting what books they’ll love than I do. I am looking forward to seeing how right (or wrong) you turn out to be. Will you post a follow-up?

    I am currently reading The Poppy Wars and it is insanely readable. I am a bit worried about the second half because apparently that’s when it turns grim (grimdark is a genre I usually avoid, so we’ll have to see how I fare).


    1. I’ve never done a list like this before because, like you, I feel like I would be terrible at predicting how much I will like something! I guess we shall see! I definitely plan on posting a follow up to see how accurate my predictions are.

      It’s good to hear The Poppy Wars is so readable! Often with adult fantasy my one hesitation is that it’s often really really dense so it’s a relief to hear this one isn’t like that. Oddly, while I am not a huge fan of tragic/sad books if they’re literary/contemporary, I love grimdark fantasy (within reason, haha). I have no idea why that is!

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  3. Wow, the cover for Creatures of Will and Temper is stunning. I might have to buy it just so I can stare it too!


  4. DARKDAWN! Absolutely! I’m not sure that I’m mentally prepared for the brutality that he will probably bring in that book, but I’m still excited for it anyway!!!
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂


    1. I am SO excited but I agree with you that it’s probably gonna be brutal…after all, we’ve known from the first book that Mia dies, so I’m dreading it but also looking forward to it so much!

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  5. Leah on the Offbeat is AMAZING. I love that book to pieces. And yes to more Simon and Bram. I was amazed by how present they are in Leah’s story and was soooo happy about that, haha. I hope you love it as much as I do once you get to read it! 😀

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