My rating system is pretty generic. I’m not intricate with my ratings at all, but if you are, thumbs up! Sometimes when I have mixed feelings about a book, it’s hard to rate it with my boring rating system, which is why it’s great to have a more detailed rating system. In these cases, I kind of break down the book and rate each category, like the plot, the characters, etc.
I have a 1-5 star rating system, and here is how I define my stars:
5 Stars: This book was fan-freaking-tastic! I thought (nearly) everything was perfect, I loved the plot, and the characters were magnificent. This was a truly gripping read.
4 Stars: This book was amazing, and though I did find a few flaws, I still think it was great! The [blank] was really good, but [insert complaint] annoyed me a bit. I still definitely recommend this book!
3 Stars: This book was good. No more, no less. It was an interesting book, but there were quite a few things that annoyed me. I liked it, but it’s probably something I won’t revisit in the future.
2 Stars: This book was okay. (When it comes to books for me, there’s a grand difference between “good” and “okay.”) There were a lot of things that annoyed me, but something about it kept me reading. If you were looking something intriguing, though, I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
1 Star: Nope.
I want to make clear that my ratings don’t have to mean a thing to you. They are simply my opinion, and I certainly wouldn’t want you to disregard a book because I said I didn’t like it, or take my word for it when I say something is perfection. I really believe that you should experience the books for yourselves and form your own opinions 😀
As you can see, my rating system is pretty standard. In the end, though, it all depends on what my gut is telling me to rate a book. How do you rate books? Have you crafted a unique rating system for yourself, or do you use the “standard” system? Let me know!