Think of it as a ‘brownie points’ system. Award yourself as many ‘brownie points’ as there are Stars for each book you read.
If you read Diary of a Whimpy Kid, you get 1 brownie point. But if you read Jane Eyre, you get 5! Make sense?
If you read Jane Eyre(5 stars), A Tale of Two Cities(5 stars), and The Great Gatsby(4 stars), you get a grand total of 14!
It helps to categorize books by difficulty level. It helps you understand which count as challenging, and which can be rewarding while still easy to read!
1-3 are children’s books. 4-5 are adult books.
1 – Earliest, easiest reading level novels. You give such a book to a first-grader to read to himself, and it usually has no deeper value aside from teaching him how to read and letting him have a good time. These might have lessens in them, but seldom any large or deep ideas about life that could be gleaned by a mature person.
- Diary of a Whimpy Kid
- Encyclopedia Brown
- A-Z Mysteries
- Captain Underpants
- Magic Tree House Series
2 – Slightly higher reading level of manageable, short-ish length. Still easy to read, but contain deeper ideas about life that a well-read adult would enjoy.
- Charlotte’s Web
- Beezus and Ramona
- Little House in the Big Woods
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
- Winnie-the- Pooh
3 – Medium reading difficulty (middle school level) either with deep insights into life, or that are too long to go into the previous category
- A Wrinkle in Time
- The Little Prince
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
- The Giver
4 – Well-written adult books with deep insights into life that either are easy to read, or else very short
- The Great Gatsby
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- Animal Farm
- Great Expectations
- Pride and Prejudice
5 – Long, difficult, well-written adult books with deep insights into life
- The Book Thief
- The Lord of the Rings
- The Divine Comedy
- A Tale of Two Cities
- Jane Eyre
Disclaimer – I will not include any books here that I consider poorly written. This system only counts for well-written literature. I will release comprehensive lists soon for each Star, and would love any recommendations for books that you would like to see categorized!