I am the pickiest reader I know. Not just a little picky but a lot picky.
I started recording the books I read in 2018 and when I look at that reading year I can see that out of 49 books read I only gave two books a 5 star rating. That’s a 5 star rating hit rate of 4%. That’s low.
My 4 star ratings are significantly higher and reached a 24.5% hit rate so at least I do rate books highly, just not 5 star high.
So far for 2019 I have read 17 books. If I look at the ratings given 5% are 5 star and 29.5% are 4 star.
What does this mean? Well it means that I am more likely to give a book I enjoyed 4 stars over 5. It goes back to that ‘being picky’ thing.
The reason why I would give a book 5 stars over 4 is usually down to how it made me feel and so there’s absolutely no science or formula involved. I’m also very surprised at two of the books I rated 5 stars as they aren’t what I would call my ‘type.’
All bets are off.
This probably means that the task Shanah at Bionic Book Worm has set us for the week to choose our 5 star predictions is probably going to be waaaaay out for.
I don’t necessarily believe that the below will be rated 5 stars from me but I’m predicting (hopefully) that they’ll get close.
Without further adieu….
Am I using The Princess Bride in one of my Top 5 lists yet again?
You bet I am.
Let’s not kid ourselves as to why this is on here. I adored the movie so so so so so so much and while I understand that the book and the movie are vastly different I have high hopes that I will adore the book just as much.
Please book gods… make it so.
One of my rare 5 star ratings for 2018 went to Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It ticked all the boxes of everything I love from a story and I constantly bang on about it on my blog.
I am beyond excited to read Spinning Silver and, in what is probably a terrible precedent to set myself, I am genuinely hopeful that Spinning Silver will elicit the same feelings.
In Fleetwood Mac’s epic song ‘Everywhere’ they sing, “Something’s happening/ happening to me” and I can tell you my friends that the thing that’s happening to me is this:-
I have fallen in love with historical fiction.
I don’t know when, where, how or why. I only know that it’s happened and it’s happened unexpectedly. The Familiars is on my TBR and because I am riding the historical fiction love train I anticipate that I will rate this highly.
Not only is Burial Rites a historical fiction (see above for musing on my new love affair with this genre) it also features one of my other favourite things to read about. Prepare thyself…
In fact, this follows the trend of books that I seem to be reading involving subjugated women killing their masters/ mistresses.
Is there something wrong with me??
Don’t answer that.
I must ‘fess up, the reason why The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is on this list is because everyone and their cousin has raved about this one and have chucked 5 star ratings at it like confetti.
Now there could be a backfiring of my expectations spectacularly as sometimes hype doesn’t pay off. Let’s hoping that it does!
Have you read any of the above? Are you raising a caustic eyebrow because you’ve read this list and you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that some books will be DNF’s?? Or are you raising a glass of champers in salute because you know that I’ll be joining the ranks of the 5 star rating club?
Let me know your thoughts and your 5 star predictions!
See you next week!