Books for Thought is where I post a discussion topic related to books, reading, writing, or something pertaining to one of the three. I hope you’ll join in, and discuss today’s topic of
five star ratings
So over three years ago I wrote a post about my five star ratings in which I pretty much said that a book would have to be worth my soul (and more) for me to give it one of my coveted five stars. I decided to write another post on the same subject because, well, it’s been over three years and things have changed and I have changed and books have changed, too.
I no longer require a book to steal my soul to give it five stars (thought to make it onto my freaking perfection Goodreads shelf this requirement still stands). I just require love. I require the book to leave me feeling that SQUEE feeling or that holy-shit-my-heart-is-broken feeling. I just need the book to give me an extreme case of the ~feels~, accompanied with writing that I like, a story that hooks me, and characters I love, or hate to love, or love to hate. If you think these requirements seem excessive, I tell you to read my original post because DAMN I was a lot pickier back then.
See, the thing is: I love finding books to love. It’s why I read, after all. The fact that I was putting so much pressure on books, and myself to be able to give out a five star rating was ridiculous. A book doesn’t have to be world changing for it to deserve five stars. It can just be moment changing. Or feelings changing (you know what I mean). I am actually so much happier for changing the way I give out five stars. Because giving out a five star rating to a book really screams that I love it, and that I recommend it.
Though, this isn’t to say that I hand out my five stars to just any book. My five star books are still incredible, and important, and all those lovely adjectives that deserve to be italicised. I haven’t dismissed the importance of the five star rating – or my five star rating in general – I have just given in to loving books more easily, and letting myself express that love with more ease. And I love it.
What about you? Are your five stars hard to win? Or do you give them out freely?