I use the standard five-star rating system, but here are some explanations of my ratings in case they’re not entirely clear.
- 5 stars means I loved it. It doesn’t always mean it was a literary masterpiece: maybe I loved the setting, the characters – but something about it really drew me in. If I don’t already own it, it’ll probably go on my ‘to-buy’ list, and I’ll recommend it to everyone.
- 4 stars means I really enjoyed it, but there was just something missing that stopped it from being a five-star book. I will probably buy a copy if I spot one (though that again depends on the actual book and whether it has re-read value).
- 3 stars can mean a number of things. This can be a tricky one, as some three star books are better than others. It’s probably best to take a look at this post to explain it. My review will generally reveal which of these I mean!
- 2 stars means I didn’t like it all that much, but I liked it just enough to keep reading. If I’m clearing out my books for space, two-star rated books will be the first to go.
- 1 star is a very rare rating, I rarely award this because chances are I will have dropped the book before finishing it.
- I don’t award half stars.