Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes a Book Five Stars

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about what makes a book five stars for me!

I think this is a really interesting topic because it is something really personal as a book that I may give five stars is a book that someone may give one star. That is part of the fun of reading and the fun of book blogging as you get to hear other people’s thoughts and why they give their ratings. So here is what it takes to get five stars from me.

How do you decide whether a book should get five stars?

Because I use CAWPILE (The rating system created by G @ Book Roast, if you are interested in reading more about it, look at my ‘How I Rate Books’ Tab), I find it much easier to decide on a rating. I will most of the time have an idea as I am reading the book what the rating will be, but CAWPILE helps me when I am a little bit stuck. With the five star ratings that I give, I always have a gut feeling from almost the first page that I am going to adore it, and the majority of the time, I am right.

Do you try to keep five stars rating prestigious, or do you give them generously? Do you have a checklist of things a book must accomplish to be five stars?

I try and keep my five star ratings prestigious, but I don’t mind handing them out because it is what I think the book deserves. It is always a good sign when you are giving more 5 star ratings because you know your reading tastes and are finding some really good gems. So I am always delighted to hand them out. I don’t particularly have a checklist of what I want a five star book to have because I tend to feel as soon as I start a book that I am going to adore it. But I always look for characters that I love and want to always read more from; I also always need some incredible worldbuilding that pulls the story together.

Are five star books perfect, or just very good?

I don’t think that anything is perfect, so a five star read can never be perfect. There is always something that the author can improve, and it may be a tiny little thing, but there is always room for something to be changed. I think it also comes down to the fact that we are different people and we all like different things, so perfection is almost impossible to achieve.

There you have my thoughts about five star reads and what makes me hand out five star ratings. I hope that I am able to hand out more five star ratings in the future as it is a sign I am picking some incredible books!

One thought on “Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes a Book Five Stars

  1. I’ve realized this past year I have learned my reading tastes so I have been giving more 5 star ratings, but its because I know what I like! It took me a while to get there though haha.


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