I always felt like my system of rating seems too harsh because recently I rated a book 3 stars on Goodreads, and a friend knocked and asked me if it was actually good (it’s a pretty hyped book) as she was thinking of starting it. So I thought I could explain what exactly my ratings mean, and how I assign each book a star.
1/5 stars: Really bad book. Waste of time. Don’t read it. Absolutely hate it. Thankfully, I haven’t come across a book like that yet.
2/5 stars: Didn’t like it. I will not say it’s a bad book, it just wasn’t the type that I typically like to read. Synopsis may have not matched with the actual plot. Disappointing characters. Couldn’t hold my interest.
3/5 stars: Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. Liked it. May not have lived up to the hype. May not have liked some particular things in the book. Probably will tell people to go ahead and read it if asked about it.
4/5 stars: Loved it! Probably loved the writing, the plot and the characters. Nicely put. Most likely has a brilliant plot twist, or simply just caught me off guard. Will recommend it.
5/5 stars: Now, this comes very rarely. If I love a book, I’ll rate it a 4 star. But if a book has managed to move me, has touched me emotionally or has an X-factor separating itself from “4 star” books, that will be given a 5 star from. Also, I will most probably not stop talking about it for days!
x.5/5 stars: For example a 2.5 or 4.5 star. These are books that I can’t exactly put into a particular rate, where it is in between. For instance, I might find a book that has to be rated more than 3 but less than 4, and I’d rate it a 3.5 star.
I’m sure you notice here that I don’t go into much details of the story, like rating the characters or plotline, like I know a lot of people do. I just give it an overall review based on how much I liked it, how long it took for me to finish it (excluding slumps, of course) and how invested I was in the book.
Let me know what you think about this system I’ve thought out for myself. Do you rate books similarly? Or do you use a different method altogether? Do feel free to comment and leave suggestions!