I have decided to start giving the books I review a rating. Book reviews are, by their very nature, subjective. Still, it is sometimes hard to figure out where a book falls in relation to other books. I know a lot of sites that I read use rating systems, and I like that because it gives me something a little more concrete to take into account. I know that if a reviewer has great things to say about two movies, for example, but rates one a 5 and one a 4, I’ll check out the 5 first if I value their opinion. For those of you who read my reviews, here is how it all breaks down:
5 Stars: I LOVED it. It has earned a space on my “permanent” book shelf and will be reread. NOTE: There are very few books in this category. It is reserved for books that I want to reread again and again, whether timeless classics like Little Women or more modern ones. Not much will actually fall in this category.
4 Stars: It was very good, and I enjoyed it (or at the very least appreciated how well-written it is), but it’s still moving on from my limited shelf space.
3 Stars: Meh. I don’t regret the time I spent reading it, and it had its good points, but I won’t be telling people to run right out and buy it either.
2 Stars: I didn’t like it, I don’t recommend it, and I won’t be keeping it.
1 Star: I want to punch the author for wasting precious minutes of my life on this crap. I physically threw the book across the room, more than once, while reading it.