How I rate books

Hello everyone!

If you have been following me since the beginning of 2020, you might have read my post when I rant about why I was not going to rate books anymore (if you haven’t, then here’s the link to that post if you want to check it out), but now here I am saying that I’m going back to rating lol.

There’s really not a particular reason for going back to rating books again, I just feel like it. And a very fun fact is that before I decided to quit rating, I didn’t have a rating system, I just rated books based on how many stars the book felt like. I know, it doesn’t make much sense which is why I had a lot of trouble rating books. But just after I published that post, I came up with a rating system. Sometimes my worst enemy is my brain.

Anyway, I’ll tell you all about this system, but before I get to it there are a couple of things I want to clarify. The first one, I rate books based on my feelings towards them which means that the number of starts I give to a story translates to how much I enjoy it. And the second thing, I will only post the rating on Goodreads, all my book reviews posted here on the blog will keep being rating-free. So if you want to know my rating for certain books, make sure to follow me on Goodreads.

Okay so that’s all I had to say before explaining my rating system, which is pretty simple.

As we all know, and if you don’t, then let me explain. The top star rating is 5 and the lowest is 1, but there are also half stars (.5). Since Goodreads doesn’t let you have half star ratings, I won’t be rounding up the number. For example, if a book is 3.5 stars for me, on Goodreads it will be 3 stars. The reason for doing this is because I don’t want to give books 3 stars if it actually is 2.5 so in my mind it makes more sense to keep the first number.

Let’s get more into detail on what each star rating means for me.

1 star means I didn’t like the book at all, I hated it. The plot, characters, writing, everything was not of my liking. I will rarely give this rating to books but if I do, then it most likely was a book I should have DNF but for some reason I made myself finish it so I was in pain the whole time I read it, therefore I wouldn’t recommend reading it at all.

2 stars is for books that made me feel meh. I didn’t like it but I didn’t dislike it either, it was a book that I feel indifference for. I might recommend it only to people I know will enjoy it, otherwise it is a book I could have read or not read and it would have made no difference in my life as a reader.

3 stars is when the book was decent. I liked the story, characters and plot, but there were things that could have been better. I would recommend the book and even talk a little bit about it to others. I think this is a rating I’m going to be using more often.

4 stars means the book was oh so good! There were few things I didn’t like about it. I would highly recommend it and I will talk about it a lot. Honestly, this is another rating I might use frequently.

And finally 5 stars. This is for books I find perfect in my eyes. I am so in love with them there’s no way I will not talk about them and force everyone to read them because oh the perfection. I don’t think many books will fall into this category, but for the ones that do, they have my seal of approval (if that means anything to you lol).

I tried not to mention the words “favorite book” during this because I strongly believe that a book can be a favorite and not be a 5-star book.

So yeah, this is the rating system I came up with. I know it is not perfect and not original at all, but I hope this was fun for you to read and if you’re trying to come up with a rating system yourself, I hope this might have helped you in some way.

Until the next post!

Happy reading 💙

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