Shanah @bionicbookworm asked us our top 5 reasons why we give 5 stars to book.
First of all you may have noticed that compared to other reviewers I have a high 5 stars rate on all the books that I read every year. Last year I gave 87 five stars on the 136 books that I have read.
Hence the question: am I too generous? Maybe I could never resist a book looking forlorn on a shelf and just wanted to boost its ego?
Worse: am I too easy to please? Kind of “spread your pretty pages and I am in reader’s bliss”?
Even worse: am I LYING to all of you? Who knows maybe you think that I get paid by authors to boost their sale? Or that I am so poor that I need ARCs to feed my reading addiction and don’t dare give a bad rating for fear of being cut off?
I think that with my Saturday review we can confidently say that I am not sold to authors or PR agencies…. I promised myself that I would review for YOU and never lie.
Too easy to please? Mmm no, not if you ask my hubs!
My secret lies in choosing the right books for me! I’ll explain in another post how I achieve that miracle but in the meantime, let’s get to: what do I need to have a reading orgasm and give 5 stars to a book?
Because anyone who will tell you that some books are not the best ride herm…read they had in their life are either lying either to be pitied for missing that blissful experience.
First quality that I need from my book to rank high on my lovers list:
I MUST FEEL!
I need to cry, to fear, to swoon,to rejoice to….
Some books destroyed me with all the overload of emotions like Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma or Birthday by Meredith Russo.
I MUST FORGET THE WORLD
I have to be so consumed by my read, so engrossed in the story that the outside world is fading. Sometimes with annoying repercussions like missing my train stop and watching for hours to get back home. Or forgetting to do chores ( not a bad thing if you want my opinion).
I MUST LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND THINK THEY ARE REAL
No no I don’t speak to them. Well I may insult some or want to shake some sense in their thick skulls. But I need to connect with them. To want to be their friend. To hug, console, encourage them. If I can’t connect with the characters it will never be above 3 stars.
I MUST DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW, OPEN MY EYES
I love when a book either makes me aware of a problem or issue I had no idea before or make me understand on a fundamental level the character’s actions and feelings even if the character does not look like me at all!
In A Very Large Expanse of Sea I lived what young muslims went through in the US after 9/11. Of course I had a vague idea but living in the character’s head was vastly different! The same can be said about Birthday.
I MUST DROOL ON THE WRITING
Some writers have such a powerful writing that I am exclaiming “wow,wow, WOW” all along like Suanne Laqueur or Ruta Sepetys.
Others have an incredible grace in their words like Amy Harmon.
Others have a finesse in their writing, in their analysis of situations that you can’t help but think: “that’s totally right!” Like Leylah Attar.
And others have a scheming mind like none others, building their intricate stories like plot masters and taking you totally by surprise without ever losing you like: Beth Flynn, James Cudney or Jewel E Ann.
And others simply have a writing that talks to my soul like Emma Scott.
I also must add that not all these five reasons must be present in the same book for me to give it 5 stars! Making me feel is enough to get these 5 precious stars.
What about you? What makes you give 5 stars?
Thanks for reading!