Coffee and… Predicting Star Ratings from the First Line of a Book

It’s Wednesday and I’m trying to get back into blogging. Today, I’m sharing a post I’ve wanted to do since I saw something similar on Drinking by my Shelf, where Emma tried to guess if she would enjoy a book or not from the first line. The only think I’m drinking at this time on a working Wednesday is coffee… join me?

The Coffee:

This week is another coffee from Scottish roaster, Glen Lyon. The Kenyan Mwiria AB has tasting notes of blackberry. All the blackberries. It is delightful.

The Books:

I’m going to use the books Kelly has chosen for my TBR and guess from that whether I will like them and what star rating I’ll give them when I’m finished. It’ll be interesting to see if I get any right at the end of the month!

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

“The labor, when it began, was hard and full of blood.”

Not going to lie, if this was not part of a series I was already invested in I would 100% give up at this point because traumatic childbirth is not a thing I read about. However, I am hopeful this is a very fleeting part of the story. I think it’s a bit of a cheat as I know having read the first two that I will most likely enjoy this. I’m going to guess that I’ll rate it 4*. I’m invested in the characters and their story, and I gave the first two 4*, so it seems a safe guess.

The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman

“Harrison Beck pulled a biro from the pocket of his yellow anorak, deftly turning it over his index finger so it was point down, and doodlled in the central margin or the newspaper spread across the table.”

This is a Middle Grade mystery and they are not usually my jam. However, a lot of people whose judgement I usually trust have recommended this one to me. I think I will probably enjoy it. I do love Middle Grade and this one sounds like it will have a lot of action. I’m going to hazard a tentative guess at this one being a 3* read for me.

The Girl with Space in her Heart by Lara Williamson

“Do you ever carry a lot of things around with you?”

That’s not much of an opening line to go off, so everything I say now is pure guess work. It’s another Middle Grade and it’s written in first person, which I really enjoy. I really like the sound of this one from the blurb. Again, I think it’s one I will enjoy, and I’m going to guess at this being another 3* rating.

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

“You think I’d know what a killer sounds like.”

Yes! That is a cracking opening line. I absolutely loved the first book in this series and I have no doubt I will love this second one. I’m excited to be back with this cast of characters taking on another mystery. I am anticipating giving this one 5*.

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

“The train rattles as it moves beneath the city.”

This is another sequel. I enjoyed book one and gave that 5*. I do love these characters and Victoria’s writing. Although, the Edinburgh setting was a big reason for me loving book one. I think I will enjoy this one, but I suspect it will end up being a 4* read. I’m not sure why, it’s just a feeling.

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

“If you watch enough movies, it becomes pretty darn obvious when momentous things are about to happen.”

So this is YA romance, which is really not my thing, but I remember #SundayYA going crazy for it, and Kelly does not usually recommend books I do not enjoy. The first line hints at a bit of a snarky character, which is always a winner. I don’t think I will utterly love this one, but I do think it could surprise me and be a 4* read.

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

“Seeing the body was supposed to be cathartic, but the man in the lipstick wasn’t my dad.”

Well, that’s dark. I love that line. I kind of want to stop writing this post now and just carry on. This book has a mystery and grief in it, which is a winning combination in my book. I think this one could be another 5* read.

Have you read any of these books? Do you think my predictions are right? If you have done a post like this before please link me to it, because I would love to read!

3 thoughts on “Coffee and… Predicting Star Ratings from the First Line of a Book

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  1. Oh I like the idea of predicting what you’ll rate them! I’d forgotten you dudbt usually like mg mysteries, I hope you still like Highland Falcon, I think you’ll probably rate it 3* too!

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