Welcome to a general guide to my book review rating system!
My rating system covers my general sentiment towards the book – encompassing anything from writing style and structure to the way it made me feel or how much it made me think. As an added bonus, my star ratings also include whether or not I would buy the book (or worse yet, if I regret purchasing).
An incredible and enchanting book – one that I would happily reread many times over. I’m happy to own it and I think you should buy it too. The author will be one that I look out for consistently; I probably follow them on Goodreads.
A really enjoyable book – loved the plot and the characters, but some aspect may have been missing that made it less engaging or relatable than a five star book. The distinction between four and five stars is largely emotional, so this is probably a fantastic book regardless. Still happy to buy/own the book and will look for other releases by the same author.
A pretty good book all things considered, but there are some things to be considered. I would buy it if it weren’t too pricey. As for the author, I would remember their name even if I’m not actively tracking releases.
Two and a Half Stars
This is an odd demarcation, but an important one in my system. This means that it wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t good either – just on the cusp. We can call these books the reality TV style books – quick, mildly entertaining, but lacking any real substance. Altogether quite harmless and mindless. You can flip a coin as to whether or not I own this book.
A dull book, not wholely worth reading. It didn’t kill any of my brain cells, but it was likely unengaging or just heavily flawed. Hopefully, I borrowed this book from the library or got it as a gift. Personally, I wouldn’t go out and buy the book.
Hugely flawed and a possible DNF (did not finish). If I own the book for some reason, I’m probably going to donate it or give it away.