The 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 The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House Series), you get 1 brownie point. But if you read Jane Eyre, you get 5! Make sense?

If you read Jane Eyre(5 stars), Winnie-the-Pooh(2 stars), and The Great Gatsby(4 stars), you get a grand total of 11!

It helps to categorize books by difficulty level because it helps you understand which count as challenging, and which can be rewarding while still easy to read! After all, sometimes we want a challenge, and sometimes we just need a break.

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. Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot
  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 contains deeper ideas about life that a well-read adult would enjoy.


  1. Charlotte’s Web
  2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  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. The Little Prince
  2. The Secret Garden
  3. Little Women
  4. Peter Pan
  5. Treasure Island

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. The Hobbit
  3. Animal Farm
  4. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  5. Daisy Miller

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


  1. The Once and Future King
  2. The Brothers Karamazov
  3. The Divine Comedy
  4. Moby Dick
  5. Jane Eyre

Disclaimer – I will not include any books here that are 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!