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Why I rate a book 5 stars // Top 5 Tuesday


Hi, hey, hello and happy Tuesday!

Before I start I want a second to complain because I’m home alone and there’s nobody to here me whine: I’m so cold my hands hurt and my glasses are fogging up and I can’t see anything. Ok now I’ve got that out of my system lets begin:

Todays Top 5 Tuesday is talking all about Why I gave a book 5 stars and this topic has really made me think long and hard. Me. Thinking. Wow. My brain can’t handle it.

During my few minutes of thinking I have concluded that  I don’t think I have 5 good reasons why I give a book 5 stars but I’m going to try.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

The Characters

If a book doesn’t have good characters then what’s even the point?

I’m so much more likely to forgive a subpar plot or writing if I enjoyed the characters. A 5 star book for me usually means that the protagonists felt so real and I loved reading from their perspective as well s their relationships and dynamics. Basically 5 star worthy characters are people I want to be best friends with even if they’re known for being murderers and pyscopaths.

I can’t put it down (or shut up about it)

Basically I like my 5 star books to be as addictive as crack cocaine.

I want the book to have me staying up so late that I’m even more zombie-like at school the next day. I want to be sad that I’ve finished the book because I never wanted it to end. I want to put the book down and immediately want more. I want to be able to talk about the book for forever and ever until everyone unfollows me because they’re fed up I’m talking about it so much.


I’m not the most critical of readers. I’ve tried and I’ve failed and I’ve given up. And so really the main reason I give a book 5 stars is quiet an obvious one and its: because I loved it!

I definitely rate books based on my own personal enjoyment and when I rate a book 5 stars it’s because I’m so excited and I get this warm fuzzy feelng in my chest because I’m so happy to have read it.

I feel like sometimes I can be a bit of a hypocrite when I’m rating because reading a certain book at the right time in the right circumstance can add to my enjoyment.

Sometimes my ratings don’t always reflect the more in detail things (writing, plot, characters, etc), sometimes I’m rating the overall experience.


So there we go. I managed three reasons and even that was a stretch. Some people are mood readers, apparently I’m a mood star giver.

I’m sorry if there’s many spelling/language errors in todays post. I don’t have a clue whats going on with me right now but I’m looking at the words I’m writing and everything’s a bit blurry.

Thanks for reading.

Elli xx

3 thoughts on “Why I rate a book 5 stars // Top 5 Tuesday”

  1. I totally understand what you mean by rating based on enjoyment and reading it at the right time… I’ve done that so many times and I don’t think I can do it any other way… even if the writing style is excellent, I really don’t see the point if I don’t enjoy it and love the characters 😊😊


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