So I thought that today, I would go into a bit more detail about what my rating and reviewing process is like for those to frequent my blog. I tend to find that people are put off from negative/low star reviews — but that shouldn’t be the case. Because A) Everyone has different book tastes, and I might dislike you might love, and B) Just because I’ve given it a low-ish rating does not mean that I didn’t hate the book.
Five Stars —
Loved it. Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones, The Song of the Lioness series, Throne of Glass — these are all books in which I would consider to be “timeless” and in which I would re-read again in a heartbeat. (There are plenty more books to this list, by the way; these were just the ones that first hit me.) These are books with what I would consider to be phenomenal characters, a compelling and engaging storyline — the sort of Oh-look-it’s-four-in-the-morning sort of storylines where I just cannot put them down. Interesting fact: A series is more likely to make its way onto this list; I don’t know why, maybe because I feel like a story and its characters can be better development in more than one book. I’m sure that as time passes by, I’ll be adding new books to this list all the time. But few make it on. Also: Funnily enough, all these books have influenced my writing in some way.
Four Stars —
This was really good. I loved it. I might never re-read it, but I sure am going to remember it, and remembering it well. It’ll have a really good storyline, likeable (or otherwise!) characters, and I’ll be staying up late to read it. So why not just give them five stars? I don’t give out five stars often. I don’t. I keep them for the special, special books. But if you ever read a review of mine that has given a book four stars — you know it’s going to be good.
Three Stars —
This means that I have enjoyed the book. Sure, it might not have been the best. It might have been lacking in some areas — writing, characters, perhaps the storyline wasn’t as good as it could have been — but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. I give out three stars pretty often, which means that I’ve enjoyed it, so I’d say that I enjoy most of the books I read.
Two Stars —
Two stars is a meh book for me. I didn’t like it, but if I rated it two stars, then I mustn’t have hated it either. Often in two stars book I’ll find myself sitting down to write a review and not having much to say. Two star books lurk in that area of “I didn’t hate it but it really could have been a lot better.” Again, I encourage you to read books that I give two, or even one, stars. I don’t review to warn readers about the book; I review to share my opinions to the world. Often with a two star book I will read its sequel.
One Star —
I did not like this. At all. It had hardly — if any — redeeming factors about it, and felt like the novel didn’t deserve any more than one star for whatever reason. The characters, storyline, and writing all fell flat. If just one of these were good — eg, a boring story with forgettable characters but amazing writing — it might earn two stars, but nothing more.