I have rated 24 books 5 stars so far this year. These books include young adult fantasy, young adult dystopian, young adult contemporary, graphic novels, a speech, and new adult romance.
What makes a book deserve 5 stars? How does Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover compare to something like Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples or The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.
Not all of the books I rate 5 stars have the best writing, or the best world, or are the most realistic thing I’ve ever read. I like to take book for what they are. I rate my books based on whether the purpose I am reading them for was fulfilled.
If I’m reading a new adult romance I’m reading it for entertainment.
If I’m reading young adult fantasy I want good world building.
If I’m reading a graphic novel the artwork is important.
If I rate a book 5 stars it is because it accomplished what I needed it to at that time. I’m not going into a fantasy book for the romance, and I’m not going into a romance book for the writing style.
So maybe that book I rated 4 stars is written way better, and is way more acclaimed, but I really liked that cheesy young adult contemporary I just read more.