What Makes a Five Star Read?

A few months ago, I wrote a post called 'What Makes a Book Blogger?' which I recently came across when looking through my blog archive. Over the past few weeks, I've been spending most evenings baking, and now have a new collection of recipe books culminating on my desk. Nights have passed where I've been covered in cake-mixture, along with the rest of the kitchen, icing sugar creating a dusting like snow on the floor. I've been wanting to incorporate other hobbies of mine - such as cooking - into my blog for a while now, and piecing together more 'recipes' - as the first was so much fun to write - seemed like the perfect way to do so. This time, it's a recipe for making a five-star read.
50g page-turner
50g tension
50g detailed-descriptions
100g danger
100g deceit
100g laugh-out-loud humour
150g suspense
150g plot twists
250g adventure
250g tear-jerker
350g new-world technology
350g quote-worthy conversation
350g character backgrounds
500g non-stop excitement
500g heart-pounding action
500g faulted characters
600g fictional friendships
750g intricate world-building
750g beautiful writing
1 fictional pet
1 realistic hero/heroine
1 hateful villain
1 swoon-worthy love interest
1 bittersweet ending
1tsp cliffhanger
1tbsp romance
1 box of Kleenex
An assortment of mythical creatures.
A gorgeously-designed cover to match the inside.
In the case of a love-triangle, another male lead.

Mix together. Hand over to book bloggers and wait for the reviews to be posted.

Warning: Unless you're John Green, a five-star rating cannot be guaranteed.

What would you include in a recipe to make a five star read?

Tell me in the comments!


  1. Well, I used to not be able to make ANYTHING, but this year I decided to take Hospitality so I've got a few, simple dishes under my belt. Like coconut tarts etc.

    For me, the recipe of a 5 star read would include:

    1000g of adventure
    800g of action
    800g of suspense
    800g of a flawed heroine as lead who develops
    700g of a swoon-worthy love interest
    750g of a heart-warming sibling relationship/friendship
    900g of a unique world
    1tbsp of romance
    A sprinkling of fantasy

    ;D Great post!

    1. I took a similar subject to Hospitality and can still only manage the basics! I break and burn things constantly!

      I always forget about sibling relationships in reads! I don't see heart-warming ones often - and would love for there to be a couple more.

      Thank you!

      -Sophie :)

  2. Haha I'm loving how you related a 5-star read to a recipe. :) And I totally agree with this whole post, especially the bit about John Green coz yes he's amazing. You have a new follower ;)

    The Life of Little Me

    1. Thanks, M! I couldn't help two of my favourite things: baking and books!

      Who doesn't love John Green?! Do you have a favourite novel by him?

      -Sophie :) x

  3. Hilarious! Both the idea and the execution. :)

  4. What a fun post idea. Yea, a lot goes into a 5 star read, but sometimes it isn't easy to quantify. I like how you did that :)

  5. I LOVE THIS! And I agree a lot with the Swoon-Worthy Love Interest... I agree A LOT. hahaha! XD


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