How I Rate

I rate books based on their originality, quality of writing, plot and character development, entertainment value, and lasting impressions. Pacing, transitions, and readability can also boost or drop a rating. The way I feel after I finish a book usually plays a big part in how I rate it. Emotions elicit stars. In other words, a book can get 5 stars whether it breaks my heart, pisses me off, or makes me smile from ear to ear. And then somewhere along the way, each book fits into one of these categories:

★★★★★ (5/5)

I loved this book. I could not get the story or characters out of my head after reading it. I can’t stop thinking or talking about this book. I would highly recommend this book to others.

★★★★ (4/5)

I really enjoyed this book. It is lacking a star because something was missing or could have been better.

★★★ (3/5)

I liked the book. There are good things and bad things about it.

★★ (2/5)

I tried to like this book. I may have been able to finish reading it, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.


This book probably wasted my time.

*Note: If half-stars are given, I will most definitely address the reason(s) why in my review.

Things I would like to address:

  • All opinions on this blog are my own.
  • My thoughts are not influenced by outside sources.
  • I respect the opinions of others and I hope you respect mine, too.
  • If you enjoyed a book that I disliked, please do not let my criticisms of it change your mind or make you feel bad about liking it.
  • If I really enjoyed a book that you hated, that should not bother you either.
  • Books can be interpreted in so many ways.
  • My opinion is not law, and neither is yours.
  • I appreciate how much effort goes into the creation of each book, so I try to be respectful of every author regardless of how I feel about their books.
  • My criticisms of a book are meant to be constructive.
  • I’m here because I love books and hopefully you’re here for the same reason.
  • Feel free to comment on my posts or send me an e-mail if you’d like to discuss any of my opinions (or your own) about any given book.
  • Please send me book recommendations if you have any! My to-be-read list is forever growing.