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.
5 Stars: (click on the title if you want to learn more about the book)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
The Astonishing Color of After
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