Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

There are a lot of books on my TBR and naturally I hope that as many of them as possible are 5 star reads, I only put books on my TBR if I think I’ll enjoy them! I have gone through and picked the ten books I think are almost certain to be 5 star reads! Sorry to frequent visitors to SWB there are bound to be some books here you’ve heard me speak about before! These are in alphabetical order only!

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

The Bad Luck Lighthouse by Nicki Thornton

In solving the mystery of the Last Chance Hotel, Seth has discovered a bewildering new world of magic. But the truth about his mother’s fate and other secrets remain, stolen away with the firefly cage by his nemesis, the wicked Tiffany Bunn. Determined to chase her down – and prove himself as a magician – Seth and his cat Nightshade are quickly embroiled in the latest MagiCon case, a murder investigation at a deserted lighthouse …

I really enjoyed the first book in the Seth Seppi Mystery series by Nicki Thornton when I read it last year so I have great hopes that when I follow Seth as he finds himself on another case I’ll really enjoy it!

Check out my The Last Chance Hotel review here


Bury Them Deep by James Oswald

The tenth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers

When a member of the Police Scotland team fails to clock-in for work, concern for her whereabouts is immediate… and the discovery of her burnt-out car in remote woodland to the south of Edinburgh sets off a desperate search for the missing woman.

Meanwhile, DCI Tony McLean and the team are preparing for a major anti-corruption operation – one which may raise the ire of more than a few powerful people in the city. Is Anya Reynolds’ disappearance a co-incidence or related to the case?

McLean’s investigations suggest that perhaps that Anya isn’t the first woman to have mysteriously vanished in these ancient hills. Once again, McLean can’t shake the feeling that there is a far greater evil at work here…

I’m currently a book or two behind in this series but I’ve loved every Inspector McLean book I’ve read to date so I’ve no doubt I’ll adore this one too

Read my review of Written In Bones one of the earlier books in the Inspector Mclean series


Camp by L. C. Rosen

Feelgood LGBTQ romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts).

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.

This year, though, it’s going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.

But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself how much is he willing to change for love. And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is?

I thought Jack Of Hearts (And Other Parts) was absolutely amazing so I’m so looking forward to the next book from L. C. Rosen coming out later this year.

You can find my Jack Of Hearts (And Other Parts) review here


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…


Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

This is a book that got great reviews from so many of the bloggers whose views I trust implicitly during 2019. It’s not my usual adult read, I tend to sway more towards crime fiction but I think I’ll enjoy it a lot. Everyone needs a little variety in life.


A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven

Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O’Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay.

It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn.
Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering – can they really make a change?

I adored Laura’s first book featuring Izzy O’Neill I’m not entirely sure why I’ve not gotten around to reading this one yet but I have no doubt I’ll love it

Find my The Exact Opposite Of Okay review here


Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective any more.

With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time EVERYONE is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?

Holly’s debut novel was incredible! I’m so looking forward to joining Pip for a second time and seeing what she gets up to next! Holly’s going to be at the NYA Lit Festival and I cannot wait to go to her panel!

Here’s my A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder review


Havenfall by Sara Holland

A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

I don’t think there are enough words to describe just how much I enjoyed Sara’s Everless duology. The lovely Charlotte was kind enough to grab the Havenfall sampler for me when she spotted it at YALC and I adored it! The full version is already on pre-order, roll on March!

Check out my Everless and Evermore reviews


Sanctuary by V. V. James

Four women with a secret.
The death that will unravel their lives.

The small town of Sanctuary is rocked by the death of its star quarterback. Daniel’s death looked like an accident, but everyone knows his ex-girlfriend Harper is the daughter of a witch – and she was there when he died.

Then the rumours start. When Harper insists Dan was guilty of a terrible act, the town turns on her. So was his death an accident, revenge – or something even darker?

As accusations fly and secrets are revealed, paranoia grips the town, culminating in a trial that the whole world is watching…

I read and adored the YA trilogy that Vic published so I’m fairly certain I’ll find this to be amazing too


Skycircus by Peter Bunzl

When a travelling skycircus arrives in Brackenbridge, Lily and Robert can’t wait to step aboard… But there’s something sinister about the hybrid children who appear as part of the act. And before Lily and Robert can do anything, they’re captured by shadowy figures and whisked off in the mysterious flying circus to somewhere far, far away…

Treachery, tight-ropes and trickery combine in this incredible third Cogheart adventure…

The first and second books in the Cogheart Adventures series blew me away. I love Lily, Robert and Malkin and am so looking forward to catching up with them in this third installment. I’m a little sad to know there is only this one and then one final adventure to join them on.

Be sure to read what I thought of Cogheart and Moonlocket


State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

Sorrow – for that is all she brings us.

A people laid low by grief and darkness.
A cut-throat race for power and victory.
A girl with everything and nothing to lose…


By day, Sorrow governs the Court of Tears, covering for her grief-maddened father, who has turned their once celebrated land into a living monument for the brother who died before she was born.

By night, she seeks solace in the arms of the boy she’s loved since childhood. But one ghost won’t stop haunting her, and when enemies old and new close ranks against her, Sorrow must decide how far she’s willing to go to win…

I’ve not read any books from the queen that is Melinda Salisbury yet. Please don’t disown me Charlotte! But this one sounds right up my street! I have no doubt that I’ll grow to adore Sorrow rather quickly.

There are my ten picks for upcoming five star reads! Some are already published and some are still to come but if any of them were five star reads for you let me know in the comments!

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