Seeing as last year I had a whole bunch of books that I gave 4.75/5 stars, I thought about…
What makes a 5/5 star book?
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
What made me think about this topic?
As mentioned above, last year I had a bunch of books that I gave 4.75/5 stars, and I was wondering what it was that prevented me from giving those books a full 5/5 stars.
This is actually going to be a pretty short answer. Basically it is two things (and there’s a hint to those in the title of this post).
First, if you can make me laugh, there’s a very good chance that the book will get a high rating. There have been books I’ve read where I smiled and giggled the whole time I was reading them, and invariably, these books got very high ratings. However, humorous books that made me only smile here or there, might just miss out on that final quarter of a star.
Second, if you can make me cry, well that means you’ve touched my heart. If you can touch my heart, then you’ve made me emotionally invested in the characters – even if I didn’t like everything they did or approve of some of their choices. If I’m emotionally invested in the characters, then it is almost a complete shoe-in that the book will push me over to full 5/5 star ratings.
Obviously, quality writing and a story line that keeps my interest play a big part in my ratings as well. But if you can make me laugh or make me cry… you’re absolutely on the right track!
There you have it!
So… what about you?
How do you determine if a book deserves a full 5/5 star rating?
This post is my 3rd entry in the 2022 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!