Like many reviewers, I rate my books on a 5 star scale. It’s simplest and really helps me as a reader to sort out my own thoughts and file my reviews away for later reference. However, I do think that the way I rate books is a bit different, so I’d like to clarify some things.
5 stars — I wholeheartedly and without reservations enjoyed this book. I think it’s great and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone. If its possible for a book to be perfect, then this is perfection. I had no issues at all while reading this book, and the story leaves a memorable or unique aftertaste. Accordingly, I rarely give a 5 star rating.
4 stars — I enjoyed this book a lot. There may have been some issues in a couple of places, but nothing major that distracted me. I would definitely recommend this book to fellow readers. I consider this rating to be quite high, signalling a book out of the ordinary.
3 stars — I liked this book. It may not have been my favorite, but I still think it’s worth reading and may or may not be willing to read it again if given the opportunity. I will probably recommend a book rated 3 stars. This is my most common rating, and unlike many bloggers, I do not view it to be a neutral or “meh” rating. 3 stars from me is not a bad thing.
2 stars — This book was okay. I had problems but I could find some positive aspects. Generally, though, a 2 star book signals a lack of emotional connection or disinterest at my part. If I don’t know what to do with a book or am unsure of my opinion, I will most likely rate it 2 stars. This is a neutral rating, not a negative one.
1 star — I did not like this book. There were glaring issues and I could find little or no redeeming qualities. 1 star ratings also tend to be given to books that angered me, so most likely, I will be active and vocal in my dislike of a book. It should be noted, however, that this is the only negative rating I use, and it is my least commonly used.