5 Star Rating

More thank yous for a few ladies.

Cortney Pearson for the Stylish Blogger Award. (Which I did previously, so check back a few posts.)

Andrea Teagan and Theresa Paulo for the Booker Award.

The rules for the Booker Award:

This award is for book bloggers only. To receive this award the blog must be at least 50% about books (reading or writing is okay)

Along with receiving this award, you must also share your top five favorite books you have ever read. (More than five is okay) You must give this award to 5-10 other lucky book blogs you adore.

Here are some of my favorite books in no particular order:

The early years:
The Outsiders by SE Hinton
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The not as early years:
War and Peace (the abridged version)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Current years:
Split by Swati Avasthi
Night Sky by Jolene Perry
Shattered Soul by Jennifer Snyder
 
Here are the ladies I am passing this on to, and hopefully they haven’t received it yet.

LeighAnn Kopans
Amy Rose
Jade Hart
Dahlia
Valerie Lawson
 
I’ve wondered about what makes other people love a story. What makes them give a book a 5 Star Review?

I generally don’t over-analyze books; I either liked it or I didn’t. But now I’m starting to think more about why. So when I love a story to death, these are usually the reasons.

* I wish those characters were my friends/boyfriends/parents/etc…

* I’m sad for the characters (if it ends badly), and wish I fix it for them. (Although that would totally change the story.)

* I want to keep reading, even though the story is done. I desperately want an epilogue or sequel.

* I couldn’t put the book down. (Or only did because I had to… for instance, to get my kid to school on time.)

* The book was an easy read. (I’m not into purple prose—hello, skimming time.)

* I wish I wrote that book.

So what about you? What makes you love a story enough to give it a 5 Star Rating?

7 Responses to “5 Star Rating”

  1. Theresa says:

    I decided I was going to read the classics, even made it a New Year’s resolution. So I started with A Tale of Two Cities. I still haven’t finished it. At one point I was reading a page and then reading it on sparks notes translated in modern language. lol. Then I was getting into it, but it was too much work. lol. I think I need to finish it.

    I always rate my books on Goodreads and I have noticed that I have the rating in my head by the time I have gotten to the middle of the book. The only way it changes is if the ending really grabs me or disappoints me. To get five stars, it needs to suck me in right from the beginning and keep me from going to bed. I need to have characters that I can’t get off my mind no matter how hard I try. Characters I want to know everything about, jump in the book and meet. And like you, I like easy reads. I’m not a fan of pretty, just give me the story.

  2. first, thank you so much for passing this award onto me. i think this is my favorite award so far!

    as far as what makes me love a story, i think the most important thing is the most intangible. i have to have a visceral response to it – an emotional reaction that touches me at my core. then all of the other things you mentioned come into play.

  3. Leigh Ann says:

    OH!!!!!!! BLOG AWARDS!!!!!! I’m seriously So so flattered – thank you honey! <3

    For me, what makes a story is characters, hands down. If the characters are awesome and, more importantly, have awesome relationships, I'm SOLD

    You are so fabulous.<3

  4. Kelley Lynn says:

    You’ve pretty much summed it up for me. I usually give three and four stars. Three being I got through it and it was okay. Four being I enjoyed it but wouldn’t read it again. Five is I loved it and would read it again. Not very many fives, but I think of fours as very good too. I don’t read many books more than once.

  5. Morgan Shamy says:

    If a book can completely transport me, and give a mood around the words that will stick with me for a few days, then it’s definitely a five star rating ;)

    Good question! I’ve never thought about this before!

  6. Andrea says:

    Great list of books! I have only read Go Ask Alice but I did love it. The rest I need to check out :)

    I think you pretty much covered it as far as what makes me love a book. The only thing I would also include is language. I love a book with beautiful/great descriptions and wording I can admire.

    Andrea

  7. Melodie says:

    Bc I read so much, I don’t give five star ratings that often. In fact, I can only think of a few and they’re all classics. Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series is a contemp fantasy that rates that high for me…most books by Anne Rivers Siddon, but the list is short.

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