As you hopefully know, we’ve recently launched a 5 Star Reads category and page.
I was recently thinking about some of the books that I put on the list and why I designated them as my best of the best.
What makes a 5 Star Read for me?
- It holds my attention. Whether or not I’m able to sit and read it straight through, a 5 Star Read is a book that I am always wanting to carve out time to read.
- It’s memorable. While I’m reading it, I’m thinking about it, and the plot or characters or information stays with me long after I’ve read it.
- It causes a response. I might laugh, or cry, or fear, or think. But it generally evokes something.
- I can’t stop talking about it. This is perhaps the crucial difference of a 4-star or even a 4 1/2-star book. I not only enjoyed it, but I want everyone else I know to enjoy it as well.
So now I have two questions for you. Please take a moment and answer either or both in the comment field.
- What qualities in a book cause it to rise to the top of the heap for you, giving it the highest designation in your mind?
- What is a book that you’ve read fairly recently to which you would give this 5-Star rating?
Managing editor Jennifer Donovan is getting pickier and pickier about her novels. 3-star just doesn’t cut it anymore. She also blogs at Snapshot.