Top Five Tuesday was created by Bionic Book Worm. You can find the topics on the blog I just linked.
This week’s topic is top five reasons I rate a book 5 stars. This is a tough one because I don’t really have a rating system, but I know certain things do give me a push. There are in no order.
Pacing: I tend to struggle with slower paced books. It’s really bad if a book is fast paced and then slows down a lot. That’s not saying I won’t rate a book high if it’s not fast paced, but it needs to really pull me in.
How It Made Me Feel: Pretty self explanatory. Anything that makes me feel a lot while reading rates pretty high. It can be happiness, anger, or sadness. I just feel something.
It Sticks With Me: Sometimes I’ll go back and rate a book higher than I originally did. It’s because I find myself thinking about the book for weeks after reading it. Sometimes I think about a book in bed. Anything like that tends to rate high.
It Made Me Think: A lot of people rate YA thrillers/mystery low. I’m the opposite. I love any book that makes me think. It’s ok if I figure it out. It still made me think about all the suspects while reading. I love that.
Writing And World Building: A writing style I enjoy or a great created world makes me rate higher, too. I was thinking characters, but I can rate a book high even when I hate the characters. There just has to be something that pulls me in. There needs to be something that makes me want to keep reading and not put the book down for days.
I’m not a super picky reader, but I do think these things play a pretty big role in how I rate books. What about you? What is most important for you to rate a book 5 stars?