Hi dear friends,
Today’s discussion topic is a “lighter” one!
It’s been triggered by some teacher of my daughter as she “never gives 100% (or 20/20) as perfection is impossible and there is always room for improvement!”.
It made me think of our rating system.
5 stars is her “100%” and if we follow her reasoning we should never give them as the author can always improve something.
Do you agree?
Well I don’t.
I give five stars and even 6 stars or “all the stars”.
Does it mean that the books getting these ratings are flawless and perfect?
I give five stars and more for different reasons:
–When a book made me feel everything the character’s felt. Preferably very powerful emotions. I walked in the character’s shoes, ate and drank what they ate and drank. I was them;
–When a book made me forget the world. I was so immersed in the story that I could not stop reading and procrastinated on everything else (like chores, work, …). I usually end up hiding in the bathroom (the only place where the family does leave me alone, dog aside) to finish the book;
–When a book opened my eyes. Made me see a topic under another light. Made me think. Made me doubt my beliefs. Humbled me;
–When a book destroyed me;
–When a book touched me deep in the soul.
Some of my five or all the stars:
A Charm of Finches by Suanne Laqueur; Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T Sullivan; From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon (nearly all her books are five stars); Forever Right Now by Emma Scott (and her Full Tilt duet as well as her Beautiful Hearts Duet); Heartbreak Warfare by Kate Stewart and Heather M Orgeron; A Girl Like Lilac by Victoria L James; the Binding 13 and Keeping 13 by Chloe Walsh; The Silver Cage by Anonymous; A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi; A Curse So Dark and Lonely as well as Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios; Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff; The Honors series by Rachel Caine …. I could go on and on.
As you can see, emotions are key to my rating system.
Now let’s chat! Do you give five stars? What makes you give them? Do you have some books to recommend me?
Thanks for reading!