What Makes A Book A Five-Star Read? | Rants & Rambles


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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.

This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:


When I first signed up with Goodreads as a way to keep track of my reading, I had NO CLUE what the rating system was all about. I literally gave every book 5-stars just because I enjoyed. I had just gotten back into read during this time, so any book that held my attention and kept me entertained was worth 5-star to me. Thank god I had no Goodreads friends back in those days because some of the books I rated 5-star actually read more like 2-star .

Luckily, I now know better and I’m not so quick to jump and give a book five stars anymore. With that being said, just because I rate a book 5-star, doesn’t mean someone else will also end up enjoying a book as much as I did and rate that book 5-star, too. Rating books is rather subjective as there are many reason why a person ends up loving a book as much as they did. Some are more critical than others and tend to look at the technical stuff, like writing style and pacing. I, on the other hand, am an emotional reader, so other things, like character connection and enjoyment, tend to have more of an affect on how I rate a book. Here are a few requirements that a books needs in order to earn a 5-star rating from me:

BEAUTIFUL WRITING: Metaphors. Similes. Imagery. OH MY! I love descriptive writing in books, to the point where it could almost be considered as lyrical. If I’m highlighting more than 50% of my eReader, then I know that the book I am reading is pretty damn good and will most likely be memorable. I tend to favor this type of writing more because I use a lot of similes and metaphors in my own writing. Pretty writing makes me happy.

KEEP THE CLICHÉS & PREDICTABILITY TO A MINIMUM: I HATE BOOKS WITH PREDICTABLE ENDINGS! It’s one of my major pet peeves and it irks my nerve unlike no other. I am very good at figuring out plot twists, like really good, so when I’m reading a book and I’ve already got the ending mapped out by chapter five, THAT’S A PROBLEM. I’m also not a big fan of clichés, like: love triangles, random accidents just to build suspense (typically seen in NA books), ugly ducking turned elegant swan, mean girls and dumb jocks…like can we please stop with this BS because they’re over and done with. Let’s move on now.

CHARACTER CONNECTION: I need to feel connected to the characters when reading a book. I want to be able to understand why they’re doing the things they do. I want to be able to say, ‘hey, I’ve been there, I get it’, which surprisingly happens more often than you think because I tend to read books with characters that have similar traits. It’s kind of my form of therapy in a way. 

SLAYS MY FEELS: I NEED TO SOB ALL THE TEARS FOR A BOOK TO EARN A 5-STAR RATING! I’m not even kidding, if I don’t cry, I will not give a book a 5-star rating. I know it’s weird, but I’m an emotional reader and I like books that cause me pain. Having a good cry after reading an amazing book, what better feeling than that, right?

RE-READABILITY: THIS IS MY NUMBER 1 REQUIREMENT in order for a book to earn a 5-star rating. Since I am very big on re-reading books, if I’m only going to read a book once, I don’t see the point of rating a book 5-stars. To find a book that moves me and leaves me wanting to flip back to the first page and devour it all over again is such a beautiful feeling. I’ve done this many times before and it seriously never gets old.

Those are just a few requirements that a book needs to have in order to make it onto my 5-star list. Typically, if a book earns a 5-star rating from me, I will go and purchase the physically copy of the book, despite already having an eBook. If I love a book that much, having two copies is most definitely worth it!

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

What makes makes a book a five-star read for you?

Let me know in the comments!

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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

12 thoughts on “What Makes A Book A Five-Star Read? | Rants & Rambles

  1. I agree, especially about the re-reading factor. Another criteria I look for is if the book stays with me for days, weeks, or even longer. It’s hard to review a book on this criteria though, because I’m usually writing reviews right after finishing it. But I’ve gotten somewhat good at telling which books will stay with me or not. The character connection is also huge with me. Feeling like I’ve been moved and feeling empathy for the characters. Feeling like I miss them when I’ve finished the book. And yes, beautiful writing!!

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    1. I love books that leave me with epic book hangovers too. I usually end up highlighting 50% of the book and will go back to just read all my favorite scenes. The 5-star are definitely the hardest reviews to write because no book it absolutely “perfect”, so trying to rave about a book while still being critical can sometimes be difficult. I definitely try to highlight certain things that others readers may have issues with, like if people dislike insta-love, but it didn’t bother me while reading, I still point it out so that way they can avoid the book.


  2. For me, a 5 star read is a book that makes me want to stay in bed all day reading it. It has to have some good plot twists, some solid characters and a swoonworthy romance helps. I’m not too picky about the writing itself so long as it flows and is easy to read.

    While I would say rereadability does play into effect, there are some 5 star books that I probably won’t ever read again. With some books, once the plot is fully revealed I would have no desire to reread it knowing what is going to happen. BUT, my desire to reread something does factor into whether or not I would buy the physical book for my bookshelf (since most books I get from the library or have digitally).

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    1. I love staying in bed all day reading a good book. I hate waking up early, but when I’m reading a good book, I will wake up at 5 in the morning just so I can keep reading.If I manage to finish the book before I have to get out of bed, nothing can ruin my day after that!

      I do have a short list of about 4-5 books I’ve rated 5-stars that I could never re-read again, but that’s because the themes dealt with in those books make it hard for me to read them again. They’re great books and deserve those stars, but I can’t experience those emotions I felt while reading those books again because it would be too much for me.

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    1. I don’t think I could ever rate a book where I didn’t connect with the characters more than 3 stars. If you can’t connect to the characters, how can you connect to the story overall? I usually have to force myself to continue reading these types of books and I never want to see them again after I finish reading them.

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