I have been asked in the past about books I rate 5 stars. I read over 100 books a year,so you would think there would be more. And, to be fair, there really should be. Writers put everything out there for our enjoyment and judgement, but in the end- who am I to judge someone's hard work? We are all entitled to our opinions, yes. But in the end, I give every writer - even of the books I did not enjoy - a full 5 stars for the effort and the guts to write, sell it, and put it out there for public consumption. Bravo.
I do try and reserve my 5 star reviews for books that stay with me. The books I remember. The books that I would read again just for the joy of reading the story over. Do I recommend them? Sometimes. However - everyone's taste is different and something I loved or enjoyed might be something that someone else hates. I do put my reviews out there, and leave myself vulnerable to the "I cannot believe you didn't like that (or did like that)." All I can do is shrug and move on. To each their own.
In the 7 years I have kept this blog, I have reviewed over 750 books. And in that time I have given a 5 star rating to a book 58 times. 4 1/2 stars and even 4 stars? 100s. But I try to reserve those 5 star reviews because in the end-they are just for me. I own each of those 58 books (I don't buy many) because a book that special deserves to be purchased and not just borrowed.
Reading in general is something that is such a gift. Consuming a story and escaping into a different world for awhile is a joy. And every one of the 1000s of books (reviewed and not reviewed) that I have consumed over my life time was worth every minute.
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