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 🙂