Ratings Guide

I thought it would be helpful – for both you and me – to have a guide to my ratings, and to sort of streamline the system a little bit. So here is a general guide to my book review ratings. If you have any questions about my reasons for rating a specific book, please comment on that review post or send me an email.


★★★★★

Loved this book! Everyone should go read it because it’s brilliant. I greatly enjoyed both the story and the writing. Highly recommended.

★★★★✩

I really liked this book, but I’m not in love with it. It’s most likely an excellent book, maybe with a few flaws. Or I really enjoyed it, but I personally think it didn’t merit a full five stars (i.e. the story was predictable or reminiscent of another book, the writing wasn’t great, etc.). Recommended.

★★★✩✩

I liked this book. I enjoyed reading it even though it had flaws. Nothing exciting. Just kind of meh. Also, could be a great story with not-so-great writing. It might be something I consider a guilty pleasure book. Recommended contingent on synopsis – if it interests you, give it a shot.

★★✩✩✩

This book was okay. It had some redeeming qualities, but for whatever reason, I didn’t enjoy reading it. Not recommended.

★✩✩✩✩

I didn’t like this book at all. I probably didn’t finish reading it, and likely resent it for wasting my time. Definitely not recommended.

No Rating

Occasionally, I will give no rating for a book. There are several reasons for this, none of which necessarily mean I didn’t like it. As far as the reviews I publish on this blog are concerned, I will refrain from giving a rating if I feel the book is unfinished (usually self-published books). If you follow me on Goodreads, I also removed ratings for books I read so long ago I don’t remember them well enough to rate them.

3 thoughts on “Ratings Guide

  1. Hey!! love your blog, just wondering how you got your sub categories in your header, I’ve been trying to figure it out for ages and have yet to succeed 😦

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