Five Stars

How do you rate the books you read? Do you consider the writing itself or the story? Do you evaluate the amount of plot twists or character growth? Do you pay attention to how long it takes you to finish reading the book and rate the page-turners higher?

When I read a book, I have a very difficult time giving it up, even if I’m not connecting with the characters or it doesn’t do a great job holding my interest. It’s just the type of reader I am. Once in a while, I’ll abandon a book, but most of the time I will end up revisiting it to finish it (it’s the OCD in me). But even if I do complete one of those books that I didn’t enjoy, I end up rating it with only one or two stars. But what about a book littered with grammatical and spelling errors that has an exciting story, enticing characters, and elaborate setting? I end up rating those higher because of the story itself (that is, if I can overlook the butchering of the English language enough to get drawn into the story). Since I can’t forgive the errors, though, I can’t give it five stars even if it’s the most creative story I’ve ever read. A girl’s got to have standards, right? Ha. It’s interesting to think about, though.

What makes a book a five-star read in your eyes?

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at or view her educational resources on

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