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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!