Review Ratings

On occassion, I post book reviews here. In case my thoughts and feelings aren’t clear enough in the review (or you just don’t want to actually read my review to know my end opinion), I do use a standard 5-star rating system. This is what that rating system means to me (and consequently, to you while you’re here).


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

To earn five stars, a book has to make it onto my Favorites Shelf. It’s a hard place to earn a spot. What this means about the book: the plot was surprising, original, &  all the events were important to the larger story; the characters were honest portrayals of human nature, were changing and growing throughout, & original; the story in total was one that impacted me personally, whether it’s my view on something specific or how I feel in general.

This is a book I’m likely to never stop talking about.


★ ★ ★ ★

To earn four stars, a book was truly enjoyable and I’ve already made plans to reread it. What this means about the book: the plot was original, if at times predictable, and yet, everything that happened was important; the characters were honest portrayals of human nature, were changing and growing throughout, but perhaps not entirely “something new”; the story in total was one that I completely enjoyed reading, that I loved getting caught up in.

This is a book I’m likely to recommend to others frequently.


★ ★ ★

To earn three stars, a book just has to be likable. It’s unlikely I’ll reread this book, but the experience of reading it was still everything I enjoy about reading. What this means about the book: the plot was good and exciting, if predictable, and even if everything that happened didn’t impact the larger story; a character or two might have been clichéd, but the major players were original and experienced important changes; the story in total was very fun.

This is a book I’m likely to recommend to specific people who I think will enjoy it.


★ ★

To earn two stars, a book is easy to finish but not particularly enjoyable. What this means about the book: the plot was either too simple or too complex, many of the events that happen seem unrelated, & pieces of the story arc are left unresolved; the characters are stereotypical or very simple, and the major players didn’t experience important changes as the story progressed; the story in total was a bit of a let down.

This is a book I’m unlikely to recommend, and I’m probably a bit bummed it wasn’t what I expected.


To earn one star, a book has to have major plot, character, and technical errors. Incongruity in both plot arc and characterization and a surprisingly poor job at technical editing will likely drop a book this low. It’s a coin flip on whether or not I will finish a book that merits a one star rating, and therefore, it’s a coin flip on whether or not this rating will ever be seen on this blog.

This is a book I’m most definitely not recommending, but I wouldn’t go so far as to tell people to avoid it.


In theory, to earn zero stars, a book would have to remain unfinished. However, I’m not in the habit of reviewing books I don’t finish, nor do I publicly post an “I’m reading now…” widget. Books that I don’t finish are dropped in my donations box and, I do sincerely hope, find a better home with another reader. Every book is not for every person, and there are just some things I’m not interested in.

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