2019 5 Star Predictions Results

Many of you likely know by now that I love to create themed or different types of TBRs. One of my new-to-me TBRs in 2019 was a 5 Star Predictions to-be-read list, in which I chose 6 backlist books that came out before 2019 that I believed would be 5 star reads for me. Out of the six books I chose, I only read 4 out of 6.

I still have to read Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. In an effort to get to more backlist titles on my TBR, I plan on picking it up from the library in 2020. I did not pick up I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman, partly because I lost interest in its synopsis, partly because my local library system does not have it and I’m not sure if I want to buy my own copy (it’s also not sold here in the US).I also created a 5 Star Prediction list for 2019 releases and posted my results a few weeks ago. 

I ended up enjoying all the books on my TBR. The books that ended up not receiving 5 stars were only slightly off.

 My Correct Predictions

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti- A Heart in a Body in the World basically earned a 5 stars from me as soon as I started reading. I really couldn’t let go of this book, in love with its fantastic cast, story, and writing style. After surviving a horrific tragedy, Annabelle decides to run 2,700 miles across the country, followed by her grandfather and brother in a RV. It’s definitely a very relevant book, following a hot-button issue here in the US. While heart-breaking, Deb Caletti approached the situation and Annabelle’s reaction so incredibly well.

My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih- My Real Name is Hanna was such a unique historical fiction read set during the Holocaust, following a Jewish girl whose family is forced to go into hiding in the woods when the Gestapo raids their Ukrainian village. I learned so much while reading this book, all complimented by Tara Lynn Masih’s beautiful and vivid writing style.

My Not-So Correct Predictions

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett | My Rating: 4.5/5

At the time of reading it, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was the only published YA book of Jenn Bennett’s that I hadn’t read. The book is set in San Francisco and follows a girl who wants to be a medical artist. As always with her books, I really enjoyed the setting, relationship development, family incorporation, and maturity. I think what ultimately prevented me from giving the book a full 5 stars was that it didn’t really surprise me or give me a hard-hit in the feels and leave me having all the fangirl squeals like Jenn’s other books.

 Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | My Rating: 4/5

Open Road Summer was a solid summer contemporary, following two girls on a country music tour for the summer. It was fun, but I did have a major disconnect with the book because I didn’t like the main character, Reagan. I read two Emery Lord books and reread The Start of Me and You this year. While I do enjoy her work and will always pick her latest work, I think I realized she isn’t one of my all-time favorite authors and that’s okay! The Names They Gave Us will always remain one of my favorite YA contemporaries though.

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Have you read any of the above books? Share in the comments! 

 

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