Book Review Rating System

I decided to make a page to explain my rating system for books, both for my readers/anyone who is interested, and also for myself, to try to make things at least somewhat consistent, you know? While I used half stars in my past reviews, I’m moving to whole number rating system to easier rate on GoodReads, instead of just rounding.

This picture from @ neverwithoutmybook on Instagram is the perfect, quick description of my rating system using Schitt’s Creek references!

So, without futher ado, this is how I rate the books I read!

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Five Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is a game changer. When I finished it, I wanted more. I keep thinking about this book. I tell everyone I know to read this book. I find the story important and fulfilling, and/or related to the characters in a profound way, and/or the writing was exquisite. I would reread this book in a heartbeat.

Some books that I have read that are examples of five star reads include: One to Watch, It Happened One Summer, Persepolis and Daisy Jones and the Six.

Four Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really, really liked this book. There are a few reasons why a book might be rated four stores over five: I found the writing awkward or clunky, I had difficulty connecting to or empathizing with the characters, there were some issues covered in the book that weren’t handled well, etc. Whatever it is, there was something in this book that just didn’t sit quite right with me. I might reread this book in the future. Many, many of my reads are four stars, and I still highly recommend them!

Some books that I have read that are examples of four star reads include: Malibu Rising, Crazy Rich Asians, Ever After Always, One Day in December, and The Last Thing He Told Me.

Three Stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book was okay. It just wasn’t for me. It can still be an objectively good book, but I just may have not connected with the subject matter, plot, or characters. I may have just been bored. Maybe something happened in the book that really put a bad taste in my mouth. I still recommend it, but I may include a warning or only recommend it to specific people. I probably wouldn’t reread this book.

Some books that I have read that are examples of three star reads include: Kiss the Girl, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Holiday Swap, Staggerford, and Holiday Hotel.

Two Stars

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I finished this book, but I didn’t want to. I would not recommend this book. It’s rare for a book to receive a two star rating.

One Star

Rating: 1 out of 5.

DNF or finished only because I had to (for whatever reason). I don’t think I’ve rated a book only one star before.