My 5 star book predictions for 2019

Hello, everyone! Two more work days and then I go on holiday, wohooo! Today I thought I`d do something different and talk about my 5-star book predictions for 2019. I have seen these types of videos all over Youtube, and since my Booktube channel is still non-existent, I might as well write a blog post. Now I am not exactly sure who came with the concept, though I have a strong feeling that it was started by BooksandLala. Sorry if I`m mistaken. Although my TBR is constantly changing, these are books I can`t wait to read, which makes me think they`ll also be 5-star reads.

"King of Scars" by Leigh Bardugo
I am going to start with the most obvious choice, my most anticipated book of 2019. You all know I live for the Grishaverse and Nikolai is my second Bae (after the Darkling, cause I have issues), so double win. Although the original Grisha trilogy is a bit of a hit and miss, the "Six of Crows" duology is phenomenal. You can clearly see how much Leigh Bardugo`s writing improved over time, and I am ready to be amazed by this novel.

"A Darker Shade of Magic" by V.E. Schwab
I`ve read "Vicious" last month, but I still remember it as vivid as if I`ve finished it yesterday. That book will take an emotional toll on you, making you question the true definition of good and evil. Needless to say, it`s one of my all-time favourite books. I do enjoy Victoria`s writing, and so many people have been recommending this trilogy to me. After reading the synopsis, I`m confident it will end up as one of my favourites as well.

"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
It`s finally happening, I`m going to read this mammoth in 2019. And I know that the sheer size of this novel should scare me, but so far Russian authors have not let me down. I think we`re all aware of the story: woman cheats on her husband with a young man, ends up throwing herself in front of the train. Obviously, it`s more than that, and I can wait to see how Tolstoy paints Russian aristocracy (I`m only familiar with Dostoyevsky).

"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck
I`ve seen a couple of quotes from this novel, and they sounded so beautiful and meaningful. Initially, I wanted to pick up "Of Mice and Men" as I`m more familiar with that story, but this novel has a higher rating, and it`s also a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis, which makes it even more intriguing. If everything goes well and I enjoy Steinbeck`s writing, then I`ll pick up his other works.

"A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles
As soon as I read the synopsis on Goodreads, I went on BookDepository and ordered a copy of this novel. I love historical fiction, and Moscow is such a fascinating setting. I always said that I want to go to Russia at one point, but until then, I have to settle for books set in that country.

"The Final Empire" by Brandon Sanderson
Epic fantasy is a daunting genre, but so many people rave about this series. Many say it`s one of the best fantasy trilogies out there, and I need to see if that`s the case or not. Also, the book involves a heist, which is now one of my favourite plots thanks to "Six of Crows".

I might do a part two for this post in August after I`ve hopefully finished reading them. It will be so interesting to look back and see if these books matched my expectations or not. I know it`s only 6 books, but lately, I`m more stingy with my rating, and there are so many 4 stars, but not 5 stars. Anyway, here`s hoping that 2019 will be a good reading year in terms of quality and quantity.


  1. I've been out of the reading loop recently so I haven't heard of many of these books. I will be sure to check them out though!

    1. Really hope you`ll enjoy them if you do check them out.

  2. King of Scars is definitely going to be a 5 star read. :) I am trash for Nikolai. Happy reading!

    1. I don`t think I`ve came across anyone that did not love Nikolai. He`s too dreamy!