Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as A Daily Rhythm‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
So today’s topic is: Fear of the 5 Star
This is just something I’ve noticed over time for myself but I seem to be giving out less and less 5-stars as of lately.
The only 5 star books I’ve given this year so far was to When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare and The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I’m not sure of it’s because I keep comparing books to the last 5-star book I’ve read and if I don’t like it as much it it loses a star. Or if I need to change my expectations of what a 5-star read is (and/or try to compare a book on its own merit??).
I find that sometimes I’m afraid of giving out 5 stars. Especially since I’ve started blogging and meeting way more bloggers/reviewers/readers, I sometimes feel like I need to be able to justify why this book was basically perfect, because that’s what a 5-star is to me: Perfection. And that can be a bit scary when there’s so many opinions floating around. I think sometimes I forget that it only needs to be ‘perfect’ and awesome to me.
I do notice I’m fairly free with my 4-stars though, haha! It’s my go-to rating for books I love but there’s a one or two flaws.
While I understand giving 5-stars too freely defeats the purpose of the prestige-ness of the 5 STAR, sometimes I feel like I don’t give out enough 5 stars. Which is weird, because shouldn’t I give a book a rating whatever I feel like? That being said, I think maybe I need to re-evaluate what counts as a 5-star read to me. It’s a nice feeling when you read a book and at the end you can be like “yeaah, that was awesome, totally 5 stars for you!”.
So I’m just curious, are you guys pretty stingy with the 5 stars, or just love giving them out to the books you love?
Are you like me and sometimes feel a little scared of giving a book 5 stars because of the implications that follow it?
Have you noticed increase or decrease of the amount? Or don’t really care at all?
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