A book that I give 5 stars has to have the full package. If it’s the first book in a series, I’m usually looking for something new and fresh that will have me coming back for more. If it’s a sequel, or a book by an author that I am familiar with, I’ll definitely expect more from the work.
Some drama/thriller books do catch my eye, like Full Ride by Margaret Peterson Haddix, but don’t exactly earn five stars from me.
Now, whenever I tell someone about things like this, they immediately take it the wrong way, and say things like, “So, you think that these books are beneath you, then?”
And there I am thinking, “Well, if I thought that books were beneath me, I wouldn’t read them, would I?
It’s just that over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to some similar books. I enjoyed Percy Jackson, then The Hunger Games, which lead me to read Divergent, and then The Selection (<<My review.), and The Mortal Instruments. I’m not saying I gave all of these books 5 stars.
Of course not.
One of the few series in which I gave every single book five stars is The Selection, and that’s because 1) the ending is so predictable, and 2) each book is so entertaining! I always love a nice and entertaining book! Reading about the Hunger Games intrigued me so much, and it wasn’t until watching the movie and seeing all of the buildup to the Games that I actually got nervous for Katniss. I loved reading in Divergent about all of the different factions, and trying to find which one I belonged in (The test said Erudite, but I’d probably choose Candor.) and learning about the distinct personalities of the Greek pantheon in the Percy Jackson books.
If any of you have book recommendations for me, I’d be glad to read them. I’m not saying that I won’t read any other kind of book, I’m saying that these are a few of my favorites. I have given other books 5 stars, like Paper Towns by John Green, so I’m not totally blind to other book genres.
The books like The Selection and Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus are those sort of ‘Home’ books that I’ll always come back to whenever I’m in a reading slump.
Do any of you have those sort of books that you know you can always go back to? Let me know!
Thank you so much for reading!
Until next time,