What does she mean by five stars? Only two? Isn’t that a bit harsh?”
If you have ever asked yourself any of that or something similar while reading my reviews then this is the page for you.
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The holy five stars, oh how rare they are. To be quite honest, I can only think of a handful of books that I have ever felt actually deserved a full five stars. So yes, those books are in fact my favorite books that I have ever read. When reading a book for the first time I have to experience all of these things to give it a full rating:
- Love it the whole time.
- Find the writing beautiful.
- Find the characters attachable.
- Feel the urge to read it again in the future.
Recommendations: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Book Thief by Mark Zusak.
Four stars is the most common rating that I give. The majority of books that I recommend to people are within this rating because I find them to be the diverse when it comes to opinions. To gain this rating, I must feel these things when reading the book:
- I struggle putting it down.
- Enjoyable read but not amazing.
- Well-developed characters.
- I can’t stop telling people about it while I read it.
Recommendations: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
I give three stars when I feel stuck between liking and disliking a book. I find things that I like and things that I don’t which ends up making me feel confused and a bit lost by the end of it. If I feel all of these things, I give it this rating:
- Some flaws in the plot.
- Get bored at times.
- Don’t love any of the characters.
- Feel the urge to start another book.
Recommendations: The Sellout by Paul Beatty, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
I have only given a handful of books this rating which is a sign of me picking good books. Lucky me. I only give this low of a rating if I feel these things while reading the book:
- Struggle finishing it.
- Too many plot holes.
- Weak characters.
- Don’t feel any passion through the writing.
Thankfully, I have yet to give a book a one. I would have to really hate a book to feel that it is worth of this rating and I have yet to recklessly pick a book this bad.
- Regret buying it.
- Can’t say anything really positive about it.