What Makes You Rate A Book Five Stars?
While I wouldn’t call myself a very critical reader, I do know that I’ve gotten more harsh in my ratings over the last year, and it has become less common for me to rate a book 5/5 stars on Goodreads, aka the highest rating a book could receive. In a discussion from a while ago, I talked about how I have gone back and lowered my Goodreads ratings for a book because my thoughts on the book have changed.
A five star rating has become rarer and rarer from me. There are a lot of factors that contribute to my enjoyment of a book, and I wanted to talk about the most important ones to me!
The characters need to be well-developed, changing and growing with the story, and relatable. I don’t need to LIKE every one of them, but I need to understand them.
Not too fast, not too slow. I need it perfect. I’m like Goldilocks!
If I dislike an book’s writing, it’s going to have a considerable effect on what I think of the book.
It needs to be interesting and THERE. If I read another book with a lack of plot… ERGH.
While a lack of diversity isn’t necessarily going to CAUSE a lower rating, if a book has diversity (racial, sexual orientation, religious, gender identity…) that is well-done, it’s going to get a higher rating. If the diversity in the book is NOT well-done, it’ll bring a lower rating for sure.
If I cry over a book, I am most likely going to rate it highly, because I had to care about the story and characters to be moved that much.
Memorable and Unique Story
If I’m still thinking about the book MONTHS later, it probably deserves a high rating. If it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before (in a good way), it will get a high rating.
Regardless if it’s a contemporary or fantasy, if I don’t BELIEVE in the world, it’s not going to get a high rating. But especially in fantasy, I need to know what the world is like without info-dumping.
If it makes me think
If a book makes me contemplate important issues/matters or opens my eyes to something I didn’t see before, I’m going to like it.
Does what the characters are saying sound like what something someone would actually say, or does it sound fake and odd?
What are the main factors that make you rate a book five stars? Are they the same as mine? Do you find yourself to be a very critical or more gentle rater? How often do you give out five star ratings?
Thanks for reading!