My 5-Star Reading System

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.


  1. Diary of a Whimpy Kid
  2. Encyclopedia Brown
  3. A-Z Mysteries
  4. Captain Underpants
  5. 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.


  1. Charlotte’s Web
  2. Beezus and Ramona
  3. Little House in the Big Woods
  4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  5. 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


  1. A Wrinkle in Time
  2. The Little Prince
  3. Matilda
  4. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  5. The Giver

4 – Well-written adult books with deep insights into life that either are easy to read, or else very short


  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  3. Animal Farm
  4. Great Expectations
  5. Pride and Prejudice

5 – Long, difficult, well-written adult books with deep insights into life


  1. The Book Thief
  2. The Lord of the Rings
  3. The Divine Comedy
  4. A Tale of Two Cities
  5. 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!

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