It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
I don’t often rate books 5 stars, but today I’ll tell why sometimes I get convinced to do it anyway!
#1 – Fun
I am a big fan of good humor. When an author makes me laugh a lot (hello there Rick Riordan!) I am not only tempted to steal the jokes but also give the book a very good rating. It’s not easy to nail that, many authors come up with really flat jokes or humor that doesn’t go that well with the rest of the book. So, really nailing that is definitely a reason to grant 5 stars.
#2 – Good Worldbuilding
Sometimes authors come up with their own worlds but never really give you a good impression of that. When a world is really well built, thought through and brought across perfectly it draws me in all the way. Good worldbuilding also goes hand in hand with avoiding plot holes. Nothing makes me angrier than a good story or world that goes down the drain because it defies logic in several ways.
If good worldbuilding is accomplished, I might give a novel 5 stars.
#3 – Knowledge
I love it when a book teaches me something new or encourages me to learn more about an introduced theme. That happened a lot with Rick Riordan’s books that had me on Wikipedia reading up on mythology or Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. When I take away something from a book it really becomes a contestant for 5 stars.
#4 – Ships
I’m such a sucker for a good pairing. After reading a book with a really formidable ship I always fall down the tumblr hole and find all fanfics and fanart to tide me over the bookish hangover I got. If I really fall for a ship I will rate that book 5 stars.
#5 – Music
Sometimes authors add a lot of music to their novels. They mention songs, artists, using them as inspiration for chapter titles or explicitly talk about characters listening to something. I love making a playlist (or even better: finding a playlist somebody else already made) to go with the novel. If that is really on point, I am happy and will give 5 stars.
What are your reasons for rating a book 5 stars? Let me know in the comments!