Way back in November I made this post predicting what I thought were going to be five 5-star reads for me. It took a little longer than I thought, but I’ve finally read all five, so here’s my update!
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis: ★★★★★
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie: ★★★★☆
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry: ★☆☆☆☆
Medea by Christa Wolf: ★★★★★
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill: ★★★★★
So with one glaring exception, I mostly did pretty well! Three 5 stars and one 4 star aren’t half bad. The notable exception, obviously, is Days Without End, which took me the better part of five months to read, and which I did not click with at all. But Till We Have Faces, Medea, and Asking For It are all extraordinary books that I’d highly recommend!
And since I think it’s fun trying to predict my own tastes and this is a relatively stress-free exercise, I think I’ll do it again!
How to Be Both by Ali Smith: I’ve never read any Ali Smith which seems to be a crime in certain literary circles, so I’m really looking forward to this. What’s particularly noteworthy about this book is that it’s split into two halves, and half the copies are published with one character’s POV first, and the other half start with the other character’s POV. So I’m really excited to see how that’s going to work, but I have a feeling I’ll like it.
A Natural by Ross Raisin: I recently had this recommended to me by a friend who’s usually stingy with her 5-star ratings, but she hasn’t stopped raving about it. It’s about an English football player coming to terms with being gay, and I’ve been promised that you don’t need to know the first thing about sports to enjoy it.
The Quiet American by Graham Greene: This just seems like a good book? I’m interested in the Vietnam War, and after reading so many contemporaries lately I’m in the mood for a classic.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I’ll be honest, I barely even know what this is about. But I’ve had it recommended to me more times than I can count, and I have heard nothing but good things. I’m pretty excited.
I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-Sook Shin: I usually have pretty good experiences with Korean lit, and I have a feeling this is going to be an intense emotional roller coaster, and I haven’t had one of those in a while.
I tagged a few people to do this last time around so I won’t tag anyone this time, but I encourage you guys to join me and make some 5 star predictions!