Let’s Talk Bookish: What makes a book a five star read?

Hello, and happy Friday! Today, I’m going back to an old topic I missed for this post: What makes a book a five star read? I wrote most of this post back in July when it was supposed to have come out, but I never finished it. So, it sat around in my drafts until today, when I didn’t have the time for a full post but really really wanted to publish one! (This is literally the smartest thing I’ve ever done in my blogging career, and I honestly should do it more. Having mostly finished posts for days I’ve planned to post and just don’t have the time.) So, I’m going to get into the post!!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is from M T Wilson @ The Last Book on the Left, and is what makes a book a five star read?

How do you decide whether a book should get 5 stars?

I don’t know, and I probably should have a better system for it.

If there’s a book that I really loved reading, that just felt amazing in all the right ways, I’ll rate it five stars.

Do you have a checklist of things a book must accomplish to be 5 stars?

I don’t have a checklist, but there are things that I think of when deciding what to rate a book. The characters, voice, tone, plot, and pacing are just a few of the characteristics of the book I think about when contemplating whether or not to give a book five stars.

Do you try to keep 5 stars rating prestigious, or do you give them generously?

I don’t have a limit to the number of books five stars, and so I give a ton of books high ratings. This is because I’m choosing the books I read (with the rare exception of a school assigned book,) and I know what I like. I select books to read that I think I’m going to read five stars, and that makes me rate a lot of books five stars. I’m also not picky with books, and will read almost any genre, so I rate a wide range of books five stars.

I definitely used to rate a lot more books 5 stars, and now I try to be a bit more critical with my ratings. i see a lot of people giving out their five star ratings like tiny, rare, precious gems, and thats just not how I do things. There are so many incredible books that I really love, and I give them five stars if I really love them that much.

What are some of your favourite 5 star reads? What made them stand out?

Some of my favorite five star reads, the ones that I loved more than anything in the world are: The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi, These Violent Delights, by Chloe Gong, The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon, Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

These are all really amazing books that I adored from start to finish. They’re all very different, but I really loved them all!!

There’s no one kind of book that I usually rate five stars: I love fantasies and contemporaries and everything in between!!


Wrapping this up…

I’ve rated lots of book five stars, and there isn’t any one thing that makes me rate a book five stars: just me overall loving a book for all its amazing characteristics!!

What makes a book a five star read for you? What are some recent books you’ve rated five stars? What did you think about this post? Chat with me in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: What makes a book a five star read?

  1. yes!! i love this discussion so much!! i remember when i was new to blogging, i would rate practically everything 4 or 5 stars, and now i’m hesitant giving 5 full stars to a book. these violent delights, the gilded wolves and six of crows are all books i also gave 5 stars, plus i also really loved the henna wars!! ❤️

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  2. Really interesting to read your thoughts on 5-star reads as it is such a personal thing and differs for everyone. I’m always hesitant to give out a 5-star rating because I feel as though a book has to be absolutely *flawless* in all aspects for it to qualify, and that’s basically impossible! A lot of my 5-star ratings are also nostalgic ratings of books I loved when I was younger.

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    1. It really is so personal for everyone. I have so many 5-star rated books from when I was a lot younger, and a lot of them are definitely nostalgic ratings!! Its so great to hear how you rate books 5-stars, so thank you for your comment! 💕

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