*All the Bananas* predictions update (with new forecasts!)

orangutan list

Eons and eons ago, I did a post talking about some of my five star predictions… now I’ve finally read all the books and can tell you what I thought of them! (of course I wrote the original so long ago that this follow up post might seem irrelevant- maybe just play along and pretend this isn’t coming from left of field 😉) Let’s not waste any more time and get to it!

strange the dreamer

Strange the Dreamer– success! In fact, I’ve since completed this duology and considered it perfection! Though it doesn’t come as a surprise- I’ve rated every. single. one of Taylor’s books 5 bananas- and that’s cos they deserve ALL THE LOVE!!

book of dust

Belle Sauvage– this came very close with 4½/5 well deserved bananas. This was a little on the slow side and it didn’t quite live upto the original trilogy. Having said that, this new series has an exquisite fairy tale feel and I got the sense it was building towards something big and beautiful in the next book- we shall have to wait and see when the Secret Commonwealth comes out in October.

wolf by wolf

Wolf By Wolf- I’ve read this entire series now and am happy to say it ended up with an average rating of 4/5 bananas- which is not to be sniffed at! There were aspects I liked less than I expected, but obviously glad I read it.

iron gold

Iron Gold– oh so close: this got 4½/5. I’m counting that as a win though- because I loved the bloodyhell out of this book and it was fantastic to have the gang back together. As with Belle Sauvage I had the sense that the series is *going places*.

girl in the tower

Girl in the Tower– we have a winner! Arden, like Taylor, has never let me down and it’s completely unsurprising that I gave this 5/5 bananas. This is another one where I’ve since read the sequel and given that 5 bananas as well!

Alrighty then- I’d say that went pretty well! And obviously, cos this was so successful, I want to see if I can do it again. Here are some upcoming releases/future reads I reckon I’ll be giving all the bananas:

Some of these could go either way, but I have high hopes for them all!

I’ll probably update you about how this went in a few years 😉 For now, I want to know what upcoming books you think will be 5 star reads? Let me know in the comments!

50 thoughts on “*All the Bananas* predictions update (with new forecasts!)

  1. I need to copy this post idea 👀👀 Maybe it will hold me accountable to read all those books I think I will love.
    Let’s see, off the top of my head: Wayward Son, The Priory of the Orange Tree, Red White and Royal Blue and Wilder Girls? ☺

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  2. I also predict that Call Down the Hawk will be a 5 star read for me. I’m so excited to see where Stiefvater is going with this new series.
    I’m also absolutely sure that The Toll by Neal Shusterman will be a 5 star. I can’t wait!

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  3. Ooh I love seeing this type of post, especially when it’s so successful! That’s awesome that you know your reading taste so well 😄 Several of those on your upcoming predictions are ones that I’m really hoping to love as well, such as Wayward Son and Call Down the Hawk and Starsight 😍

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  4. LOL, maybe you cheated a little with a couple of those (favourite authors), but it’s great that you picked up so many winners! I thought I’d gotten better at buying books that I would really like, but my latest batch went both ways. And to think that I read tons of reviews before I commit to a book! Maybe I read the wrong ones this time haha.

    What’s with all those snakes and birds on covers? Is that a new trend? 🤔 😂

    Totally random question, but I’ve been wondering about it for a while now: do you design all your graphics yourself? because they’re so colourful and lovely and funny!

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    1. hahaha I was just thinking that 😉 definitely seems like I went in with an advantage 😉 I do think that a lot of my books, generally speaking, go either way, but I know there are some books I’m almost guaranteed to like.

      haha hadn’t thought about that!

      And yes- thank you so much for saying that! Really means a lot! 😀 ❤


  5. Sometimes I think with melancholy back at the time I worked in a library and had access to almost unlimited funds to order books for a collection.But then I think of the rest of the red tape and the 9 to 5 routine and … nah… I prefer the other side of the counter.

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  6. I was wondering whether Pullman could produce something as startlingly original as the Northern Lights series. Seems like although the new book is not quite as good as the earlier titles, its pretty close

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  7. I’m really glad all these books lived up to your expectations (well for the most part, none of then were below four bananas or so so that’s a success in my mind!) I loved Strange the Dreamer, and neither Taylor or Arden has let me down either!
    I’m so excited for Dark Age and Wayward Son, I think they’ll be five star reads for me too!
    Great post. 🙂 ❤

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  8. I am The Worst, and I bought Le Belle Sauvage ages ago because I wanted to finally get into Philip Pullman only to later realize it was part of the His Dark Materials universe, so it’s been sitting on my shelf for so long. I’ve since gotten hold of the original trilogy and have plans to read it, but I’m excited to see you liked it so much!

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      1. I am definitely reading the original trilogy first! I saw the movie when I was younger, not even realizing they were books, and I adored the concept, so I’m sure I’ll love it.

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    1. Ah I totally get that- the original series is one of my favourites, so I was nervous too. But it was really good! I think it’ll make sense either way to be honest- I think the series are supposed to end up overlapping? (I think I read that somewhere anyway)

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  9. Ahh I love this post so much and I’m happy they mostly live up to your expectations!! 🙂 I agree with what you said on The Book of Dust, it was a bit slow and didn’t quite gave me the same feels as the original trilogy, but i’m looking forward to the sequel anyway 😀

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  10. I just finished Strange the Dreamer myself and really loved that one too. It took a little while to get going for me, but it really snared me by the ending. I need to read the second book soon.
    Iron Gold was so good! I love the whole aftermath of the revolution and all the conflicts. It’s so messy and real.

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