I think I’m pretty lenient with my ratings. I’ve given out quite a few five-stars this year. But I definitely don’t like all those books the same amount, so I started to think that there are different types of five-star ratings.
And I’m about to tell you some of those. You might have more! Let me know in comments 🙂
1) MOST ADORABLE BOOKS EVER
These are rated five stars because of their awesome writing, but also because of their swoonability, which is extremely high. They may not be books that will change my life, but they are oh so adorable.
2) CHILDHOOD FAVOURITES
If I’d started these books now, I probably wouldn’t be too impressed. But as a young’un, these books have left their mark on me, and will always have some of my fondest childhood memories attached to them.
3) BOOKS THAT ARE SO IMAGINATIVE AND UNIQUE YOU CAN’T NOT GIVE THEM FIVE STARS
These are both rated four stars because even though Splintered is a retelling, the imagination of it is beyond believe. Bird is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read.
4) BOOKS THAT TEACH YOU SOMETHING IMPORTANT
Both of these two books are ones that tore me apart – I may not have cried, but they’re really important and change how I view issues. They change how I look at the world. This is one of my favourite types of five stars.
5) THE DEFENSIVE FIVE STARS
This one needs a bit of explaining. I think the “defensive” five star rating is when you love love love an author, and you don’t really fall in love with a particular book of theirs. For any other author, Will Grayson, Will Grayson would be a 3, probably. Buuuuuut it’s John Green, so I’m defensive of my favourite author – “yes, of course it’s awesome!” Fangirl would still have been four or four and a half stars, but since it’s Rainbow Rowell I bumped it up. Am I the only one who does this? Let me know in comments!
6) THE FIVE STARS THAT IS ACTUALLY WAY MORE THAN FIVE STARS BECAUSE LET’S FACE IT, THIS ONE PROBABLY DESERVES FIVE MILLION STARS, SEVENTEEN NOBEL PRIZES AND A RELIGION DEDICATED TO THEM
I’ve read both the Harry Potter series and The Fault in Our Stars multiple times (HP about 8 or 9 times, TFIOS 5 I think). There’s no way to express in words how much these books mean to us, so we start using gibberish like ASDFLKJSGLKSDLK. These are, of course, the best type of five-star rating.
Do you have any other types of ratings to add?