I have always been notoriously bad at rating the books I read.
I seem to flip flop between two extremes.
Sometimes I feel so in love with the written word, and so sympathetic towards anyone who managed to publish a book that I err on the side of niceness.
Sometimes I don’t. There are days when I find everything displeasing, and therefore all books are SHIT.
One might say that this makes me a less than objective reader, but that’s something I’m trying to remedy. In an effort to be a more consistently reliable opinionator, I’ve come up with my own ratings system (and who doesn’t love a system?).
I’m going to start at the bottom, so I can end on a high note.
Rating: 1 star
- I couldn’t even bring myself to finish this book.
- I didn’t care enough about any of the characters to find out what happened to them.
- Compelling? Nah.
Rating: 2 stars
- Drivel, in a word.
- I made it through to the end, but I wasted my time.
- So bad I got angrier with every page.
Rating: 3 stars
- It was ok, but no fireworks went off.
- A kind of tolerable crap, but not worth reading any sequels.
Rating: 4 stars
- I enjoyed reading this but I’ll probably give it away once I’m done.
- There was something I really liked about this book, but there was also something that didn’t click.
Rating: 5 stars
- I liked this more than I should.
- Has the making of a real guilty pleasure.
- I’m glad I read this.
Rating: 6 stars
- I will read this again.
- Thinking about this book got in the way of pesky things like working, cleaning and walking the dog.
Rating: 7 stars
- Utterly fabulous.
- READ IT NOW SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT.
There you have it. My extremely well-thought-out book rating system. Let’s see if it helps!