Sometimes rating a book is tricky. I don’t think there is any way to define what EXACTLY makes a four star book or a five star book. What is the magic edge that the five star book has? For me I just know in my heart what the rating should be. I feel something ‘extra’ when reading a five star book, it has the X factor that pushes it a notch above the four star book. When I set out my ratings, I said it very simply as this defines my feels about my various star ratings.
However I was thinking during the week that how I anxious I am to pick the book back up again, is a good indication of what my final rating will be too. Of course there are exceptions as a book can go from a must-read to bore or visa versa. And the chart at the end of all my reviews show just what I take in to account:
Character + Setting + Pace + Feels = My Rating
But in general how much I want to read the book over the course of the book does feed into my ratings. So for example, this is a typical thought process.
HOW MUCH I WANT TO READ A BOOK
Five Stars : I’m so in love with this book. The gym? You are having a laugh! I’m going nowhere until I read every last word of this fantastic book. And I only take small breaks to go on twitter to tell everyone else to go buy the book.