Predicting my Rating for 5 Books on my TBR | How Well am I at Estimating?

I had this fun idea to predict my rating for a book before I read it, so that’s what I’m going to try to do today. I’m going to pick 5 books on my TBR that I want to read really soon, and I’m going to try to estimate what my rating will be based on the synopsis. And then, hopefully, after a month or so, I’ll do another post comparing my estimated rating to my final rating! I’m really curious to see how well I know my own reading tastes and how well I can predict what I will love and what I don’t. So let’s get started!


Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

I’ve been anticipating Forest of a Thousand Lanterns since long before it came out (I think) because it sounded so intriguing! I love how it’s an anti-hero story and the East Asian setting sounds great! I do think it’s a bit heavy fantasy though so that might lower the rating a little (I’m not a big fan of heavy, high fantasy).

Predicted rating: 4.25 stars – goodreads

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

I’ve only found out about this book because it was on sale on Amazon and it really intrigued me! I think it’s such an emotional and inspiring story, I just couldn’t not buy it. I think I will love this book for those reasons, but I also don’t really like historic fiction that much. However, something tells me I’m going to love this book.

Predicted rating: 4.5 stars – goodreads

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

I was lucky to get my Netgalley wish granted for Furyborn! I think I’m either going to love this book, or think this book is very “meh”. The general opinion, however, seems to be very positive, so maybe I’m wrong. I think I could love this book for the badass women and magic, but I also think it might be too much royalty and high fantasy. I just don’t know. I think it’s really going to depend on the writing style with this one!

Predicted rating: 4 stars – goodreads 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

This one’s easy. I am going to love this book. No doubt. I’ve heard many great things about it (also less great things) but I’ve absolutely loved Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and this sounds so cool! Laini Taylor also has the most amazing writing style, so I don’t think you can go wrong with her. Like, hello, have you seen that blurb?? I need it.

Predicted rating: 5 stars – goodreads

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

I’ve read Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger, which I found only okay. It wasn’t very good, but it wasn’t very bad either. So my expectations aren’t that high for this one. However, I’ve only heard really good things about it, so who knows I might be surprised.

Predicted rating: 3.25 stars – goodreads


Have you read any of these books? Do you think my predictions are good or bad? What would you predict your rating for your next read would be and why? If you liked this post, let me know, then I might make more in the future 🙂

36 thoughts on “Predicting my Rating for 5 Books on my TBR | How Well am I at Estimating?

  1. You’re much more relaxed with rating than me XD I’m quite strict or something is really wrong because I rate a lot of books with 3 stars. Strange things is that I noticed how much a lot of people consider three stars as something bad or “meh”, while for me is quite good. Is just that I gave four or five stars to books that really blew me away or make me feel emotional – good or badly.

    Anyway, I would be super happy if Furyborn get high rates. mostly because I don’t want my expectations to be let down XD For reasons I never looked up to that novel but after reading the blurb I’m so intrigued

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    1. For me 3 stars is mediocre, and 4 is good. But generally, I really enjoy a lot of books so it usually ends up being around 4. It’s just a matter of how you see it, I guess!
      Haha I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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  2. Of the five I’ve only read Strange the Dreamer but the others are on my TBR. I didn’t love Strange the Dreamer but I think it was more the style didn’t work for me. If you loved Daughter I suspect you’re right and you’ll love this.

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  3. Strange the Dreamer is sadly not as good as DoSaB. I mean, I still really liked it and the writing was beautiful and the setting imaginative and magical in that way Laini Taylor has, but the story itself was somewhat weaker than DoSaB.

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  4. Oh this is such a great post! I have read FOTL and really enjoyed it, I absolutely loved Lies We Tell Ourselves, even if I am not a fan of historical novels either. I hope you’ll feel the same way and love it it, was such a powerful book 🙂

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  5. I haven’t yet read any of these books which is why I’ll keep an eye out for your reviews of them, but this post idea is so cool! This would make up such a fun thing to do especially once you read them all 😀

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  6. Ooh, this is a fun idea for a post 🙂 I’ve been seeing Forst of a Thousand Lanterns for a while, and there’s been a new wave lately, on various blogs. I am just wondering, where are the lanterns? xD no lanterns on the cover 😀

    So far I am seeing a trend here. You think you’ll really like them all xD now I wonder what your real ratings will be!

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    1. Thank you! I don’t know! I guess I’m going to find out where the lanterns are haha
      I wonder that as well! I hope I’ll love them 🙂


  7. This is a fun post. Too bad I don’t rate the books on my blog, otherwise I would have totally ‘copied’ it on my blog. I have not read any of these books but the ‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ looks totally intriguing.

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  8. I haven’t read any of these but I do own Furyborn as it was included in Fairyloots November box. 🙂 And I do think that it’s going to be an extraordinary read and that I’m going to love it. I gave up on reading books written by Alexandra Bracken. I’ve read the Passenger Duology but I’m unfortunately not enjoying her writing style.

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    1. I hope I do too! I’ve heard only great things about Furyborn! I read Passenger, but didn’t read the sequel, I didn’t like Passenger enough, but I might like this one? I hope.

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