Top Ten Tuesday : High Expectations


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

I think I pick up every book hoping for a 5* read – I imagine that’s the hope for most readers isn’t it, finding that special book?  But, with certain books and authors I definitely pick the book up with high expectations – maybe that’s wrong but it’s difficult not to do so.  With that in mind, here are 10 books that I’m greatly looking forward to and strongly expecting to be excellent:

Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough because, basically, I have loved everything I’ve read by this author and so I’m always excited when she releases a new book.


A Time of Courage by John Gwynne the first two books in this series have been brilliant, they make me regret not having picked up his previous series because I know I probably won’t at this stage go back to pick them up.  I have very high hopes for the final book in the series.


The Wolf’s Call by Anthony Ryan – I loved the Raven’s Shadow series and so the idea of a return to this world and more than that, to read more of Vaelin Al Sorna’s adventures, well, colour me happy.


The Guest List by Lucy Foley.  This is definitely an author that made it onto my ‘keep my eye on this author’ list (yes, I do have such a list).  I really enjoyed the Hunting Party, it was such a good murder mystery and this promises another engrossing read.  Fingers crossed for much love for this book.


The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – this ia an author that I’ve been patiently (not really patiently at all) waiting for more from.  I loved Station Eleven.  It was such a great book that I highly recommend.


The Deep by Alma Katsu.  Another author on my list (see above).  I love the style of writing and the concept for this novel sounds absolutely absorbing.  I can’t wait to pick it up.


Survivors by G X Todd.  I’m a little late for this one but that is certainly no indication of my desire to get started.  Just simply not enough hours in the day.  This is the final instalment of a series that has had me positively gripped.


The Girl with No Face M.H. Boroson.  The Girl with Ghost Eyes was totally kick ass.  Again, lack of time has stopped me picking this up in a timely fashion but I’m still excited to get started and I definitely have very high expectations given the reviews I’ve seen from some of my fellow bloggers.


The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.  I know.  I’m probably the only person on the planet that hasn’t picked this up yet.  It enjoys such glowing reviews and comes highly recommend by a blogger who has very similar tastes to mine. Excitement am I.


The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence.  I’m almost 100% certain that this author writes his books simply with me in mind.  Joking aside – I’ve been completely won over by everything he’s written so far so you could say my expectations with this book are a little bit ridiculous – they’re not just high, they’re astronomical.  No pressure at all then.

The Girl


22 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday : High Expectations”

  1. evelynreads1

    I hope you end up loving them all!


  2. pagesandtea

    Great list 🙂 I’m looking forward to The Guest List too. Something a bit Christie-like is definitely worth a read. I think I need to check out that G X Todd series just based on the Stephen King comparison on the front cover of Survivors 😀
    Hope all these do turn out to be 5 star reads for you.

  3. Emer @alittlehazebookblog

    None of these are on my TBR but I hope that you will love them all <3333

  4. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I hope The Guest List is good because I have a blog tour coming up for it late February. I also really need to finally read something else by Pinborough. I read The Secret Language of Dying some time back and loved it but haven’t read anything since. Hope you love all of these!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hey Barb, all your responses have been going into ‘pending’ for some reason – not ignoring them but only just found out. Whoops!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    Me too, The Glass Hotel and The Deep! Considering I gave those authors’ last books 5 stars. And The Girl With No Face!! Lynn, you must find time to read it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, I’m so bad. February is a bad month but I think March and April might be better and allow me a bit of leeway.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lisa

    Ha ha, I guess you and I are the last TWO on the planet not to have read The Goblin Emperor yet! It’s on my list this week, and so is The Deep. And I do have high expectations for The Glass Hotel as well. Good luck — I hope these all turn out to be 5-star reads!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay, I’m not the only one who hasn’t read The Goblin Emperor – and it sounds like we both have high hopes for that one so fingers crossed.
      Lynn 😀

  7. confessionsofayareader

    I hope you love all of those!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks, a few authors on here that I’ve read before so my expectations are high I admit.
      Lynn 😀

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    A closer look at the cover for A Time of Courage makes me think it’s going to be an EPIC read… 🙂

  9. Captain's Quarters

    Oh! I hadn’t seen that cover for the glass hotel. SOOOOO excited about that book. I second Matey Tammy’s plea to read a girl with no face soon. Loved it. I need to reread the goblin emperor.
    x The Captain

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I am really keen to pick it up but I figure I should try and keep on track this month and then fit it in in March – the best laid plans. 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Hoping some of these will be 5 stars too. The Deep and Dead to Her!

  11. waytoofantasy

    I’m 100% positive that The Girl with No Face will be 5 stars for you. 🙂

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