Hi friends! I’m very excited by today’s Top 5 Tuesday topic (hosted by Shanah as always!) because this is more of a discussion post. So let’s get started!
Number One: um…the ending
Okay, yes, that’s weird. But I can dislike a book all the way through, and if that ending hits harder than a milkshake, then I’m sold. I have to be shocked, crying, or mindblowingly happy for this to actually work. The best endings are highkey probably worth three stars all on their own. I’m a mess.
The ending was actually a huge part of why I enjoyed Strange the Dreamer so much!
Number Two: Emotion!
I have to feel when I’m reading a book. There has to be this overwhelming tide of emotion, of tears and joy and sadness and fear and love and hope. I’m not quite sure how else to explain it.
Number Three: The Characters!
I have to feel a connection to the characters. There are so many cut-and-dry YA characters, often white, sassy beyond reason and strangely enough, naturally good at everything, that I can’t help but not feel very connected to them. But if I do find those characters to adopt with my whole heart? The rating goes waaaaay up.
This is old news for most of y’all, but I am in head-over-heels in love with the characters in The Infernal Devices. Just…they are worth every star to ever exist. I also absolutely adore the squad in The Raven Cycle! Honestly, they’re the only reason I pushed through that series.
Number Four: yeah, it is occasionally subjective.
Because I can’t totally ignore the depth and themes of a book. If I can objectively see why a book is good, then I’ll usually up my rating quite a bit.
Number Five: …tbh it depends on my mood.
I don’t mean that like I don’t care or think about what I’m rating a book. It simply comes down to how I’m feeling that day. One five-star may be totally different from another (and you can usually tell which ones I prefer by how often they appear in my posts lol) often just by the circumstances surrounding my reading experience.
And that’s it! This was more of me just talking, but hopefully it was fun for you to read! Clearly, I’m not a very intellectual reader haha. Tell me: what makes YOU want to rate a book 5 stars?