So, the other day Cass posted this post about ratings, and asked what does a three star rating mean to everyone. For me, it means good, not great, probably won’t reread. (See my sidebar for the ratings scale.) This discussion also reminded me of something I’ve been thinking about for a while now: I’ve been too harsh on some really great books. Some of these wormed their way into my heart in a BIG WAY and they need better star ratings than I initially gave them.
Some people know it in their gut that the first rating they give is IT. It was their first impression of a book and that’s totally fine, but for me, part of how I know a book really affected me is how soon I’m craving a reread. I very rarely read something and say “top shelf, new favorite.” Part of that is because I’m an introvert and take a looooong time to digest information. I have to let it bounce around, get used to knowing the story and the characters, and then decide how I feel about it. Books are the same way, except that I’ve usually already moved on to another book before I’ve fully processed the last one. If months or sometimes weeks later, something about a book (dialogue, setting, overall mood) is still rattling around in my mind, I know it’s something special.
With that in mind, I award battlefield promotions to the following books:
The Scorpio Races – 5 stars
The writing here is so, so beautiful. It’s quiet and intense and beautiful and just thinking about it makes me want to drop everything and sink back into Thisby. Seriously this promotion is long overdue.
Anna and the French Kiss – 5 stars
I have reread this almost an embarrassing number of times. It has become one of my go-to cheer up books. Sometimes I just reread the email sequence between St. Clair and Anna and that makes me feel better about life and boys and the world in general.
Fire and Graceling – 5 stars
I love how strong these heroines are, and I love that their strength isn’t typical, that they are stoic and somewhat afraid of love but their rough and equally awkward men embrace that.
13 Little Blue Envelopes – 4 stars
between this and Just One Day, I’m basically expecting that if I ever travel to Europe, I will meet a group of similarly aged, English-speaking young adults who will go with me on fantastic adventures to other countries and make no attempt to do me harm in any way except for to take me out of my comfort zone. So yeah, what could possibly go wrong?
Suite Scarlett – 4 stars
I love this book. It’s set in a historic and ramshackle hotel, with a cast of quirky characters and a crazy plot. It’s fun and unlikely in that way that so many of Maureen Johnson’s adventures are.
Battlefield Promotions is something I’ll probably continue but not talk much about. I’ll add it to a review if a book earns one and you’re welcome to use the graphic at the top. Please link back to me if you do!