I’ve seen this challenge around a lot, but Callum‘s recent post inspired me to take part. This challenge was started by Mercedes on booktube. What you do is you pick out 5 books on your TBR that you think are going to be 5-star reads. When you finish, you can come back and make a post letting everyone know how you got on.
My 5-star read predictions:
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis: I’m taking a bit of a leap of faith here because I only made it about three books into the Narnia series when I was younger and I didn’t like them at all (sorry), but, I’m fairly confident I’ll love this. For one thing, it’s a Greek mythology retelling, which, you know me; and it’s about Cupid and Psyche, which will be a nice change from the thousand retellings about Achilles that I’ve read. And for another thing, Steph loved it and she has yet to let me down with her recs! (NO PRESSURE STEPH.)
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie: On the other hand, it feels sort of like cheating to include an Agatha Christie when I’ve had nothing but good experiences with her, but I was trying to stick to books that I already was intending to read in the next couple of months, so here we are. I’ve read five Christie novels so far this year and I’m currently on my sixth (Crooked House) but I have actually yet to meet Miss Marple, so I’m excited about that!
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry: This Man Booker longlister has so many of my auto-read buzzwords it’s not even funny… Irish, check; LGBT, check; historical fiction, check. This is about an Irish boy who flees the Great Famine and signs up for the US Army in the 1850s. I’ve heard nothing but good things and I’ve heard that Barry’s prose is spectacular, so I’m really looking forward to starting this.
Medea by Christa Wolf: This Medea retelling has been on my radar for a while and was recently re-recommended to me, so I think it’s about time I get around to it. Medea is one of my favorite characters of all time and I loved Bright Air Black by David Vann, so I’m really looking forward to delving into her story again.
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill: You know me, I love all things Irish and feminist, so I’m really excited about this one. It’s a YA contemporary which is admittedly not my favorite genre, but it’s apparently about rape culture and victim blaming, which is a subject that I am very interested in and passionate about. I’m getting the impression this will be one of those hard to read but rewarding books… I hope I love it!
Wow, all Greek mythology or Irish or Agatha Christie. I’m so predictable.
Anyway, I’m not giving myself a set deadline for these because that’ll take some of the fun out of it, but I think it’s reasonable to expect that I’ll get around to them all in the next three months or so? Whenever I do finish, I’ll make a post to update everyone on how many of these actually ended up being 5 star reads. Wish me luck!