My 5 Star TBR Predictions, 2021 Edition

Hi to all of my friends, old and new! I’ve had a busy few weeks so I haven’t been around to post as much, but I thought it was time to get back to it. Lately, I’ve been getting really excited just looking at all of the unread books on my shelves and so it got me thinking about which ones could become new favorites. Sounds like the perfect time to do a predictions post again, right?! Yeah, I thought so too.

Let’s get started, shall we?


Dune (Dune, #1)  by Frank Herbert

If you follow me on Insta, then you know that I am currently in a love affair with Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of this novel. Now I grew up on the original Lynch version so I’m already fairly well acquainted with the story. But I’ve never actually read the book. SHOCKING, I know. But even though it’s a very divisive series, I have a sneaky suspicion that I will love it.





Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga, #3)  by Fonda Lee

Technically, this book isn’t out until December but I do have it on preorder so I feel like it definitely counts on this list. I have loved every single one of the books in the series so far, and can only imagine what Lee has in store for us in this finale. I don’t know if this series has been optioned for a film adaptation, but it needs to be.





The Mask Falling (The Bone Season, #4)  by Samantha Shannon

I am trash for this series so this one shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. I’m still in the middle of doing a reread of The Song Rising via audio so it may be a bit before I dive into this. Especially knowing how long Shannon takes in between releases (super annoying on a selfish level but I also understand).





The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)  by Colleen McCullough

Now, I wasn’t a huge fan of McCullough’s most famous novel, The Thorn Birds. However, I read a few of her historical fiction series novels when I was in college and loved every single one so I think this one will be able to recreate that original enthusiasm that I had for her writing.





When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

When it comes to Emily Henry’s YA novels, she can do no wrong (or at least hasn’t yet). I can admit to never having read her adult novels, though I know those are pretty beloved by readers as well. However, I feel like Henry really gets to explore some interesting ideas with her YA books, especially since she likes to dive into magical realism with them. I’m interested in seeing how she tackles some science fiction with this one.



What are some books on your TBR that you think will get 5 star reviews from you? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them?

My Book Outlet Book Haul

I finally got book buying itch recently during Book Outlet’s July sale and so I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a nice little box full of goodies. If you aren’t familiar with Book Outlet, it’s an online bookseller that sells new and used book at serious discounts. They focus on selling overstock, bargain bin, etc. books so you’re always getting a really great deal. They also have special sales all of the time which lowers their crazy prices even further. I think I usually average around $7 for a brand new hardback… Yep, you read that right! The only downfall to Book Outlet is that they currently only ship to Canada and the U.S. But if you are able, I highly recommend checking them out!

Book Haul


Hush (Hush, #1) by Dylan Farrow

I haven’t seen much on this book since its release, but I’ve had it on my radar ever since that cover was first revealed. It’s so pretty, right?!


Layoverland  by Gabby Noone

The synopsis of this book sounds like so much fun. I am here for a little bit of purgatory!


Seasons of the Storm (Seasons of the Storm, #1)  by Elle Cosimano

A Jack Frost retelling?? Yes, you heard that right!


Decline and Fall  by Evelyn Waugh

This is apparently an English classic and humorous tale about 1920’s high society. I had never heard of until recently but it does sound like a lot of fun!


Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)  by Anna James

I have been on the biggest middle grade kick recently and this book sounds like it has everything that I love about that genre. Whimsical fun set amongst classic children’s novels coming to life sounds like the makings of a new favorite to me.


The Girl and the Witch’s Garden  by Erin Bowman

I find Bowman to be such a good author. She had me hooked from her debut novel so I’m really excited what she can do with her first foray into middle grade.


Pachinko  by Min Jin Lee

I feel like I’ve put off this award-winning novel for far too long.


Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite  edited by Zoraida Cordova & Natalie C. Parker

I will fully admit to still loving any story to do with vampires. I feel like there’s something that will never not be badass about those bloodsuckers. I also know that Schwab’s story is currently being filmed as a new show for Netflix, so you know I have to check out the original before it arrives!


From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle, #1)  by Cass Morris

I am very much into a fantastical alternate history version of Ancient Rome. Reviews say this book focuses a lot of the plot on political intrigue which makes me very excited!


A Tale of Magic… (Tale of Magic, #1)  by Chris Colfer

Another middle grade that I’ve heard some pretty good things about!


The Luxe (The Luxe, #1)  by Anna Godbersen

I actually read this series back when I was in high school but I don’t remember much about it except that I really enjoyed it. I plan on doing a buddy reread for it with Geronimo Reads soon to see if we both still enjoy it this second time around… Controversial Opinion (for me): I actually prefer the original covers with the dresses, as they definitely reflected the Gilded Age setting much more.


French Exit  by Patrick DeWitt

This sounds like such a funny, weird and quirky story that would be nice palate cleanser from my usual fantasy novels. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a novel set in Paris?


My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies, #3)  by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

I read the first book about Jane Grey but haven’t read the second one on Jane Eyre but I do own it, so I hope to pick them both up soon to finish out the series.


The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)  by Colleen McCullough

I’ve read some of Colleen’s other books and enjoyed them so I’m glad to pick up this one. It’s another Ancient Rome setting.. I’m sort of sensing a theme here. Haha!

What books have you recently purchased?  Have you read any of the books I just ordered?  If so, what did you think of it?