What do my Star Ratings Mean?

Like many rating and review sites across this great, wide web – I use Stars to define how much I liked, or disliked, a book. But what do my Star Ratings mean?

Please note, this rating system (with 1/2 stars) is for my blog only. When I rate on Goodreads or Amazon, I rate UP from its lowest met criteria. So if a book earns a 3.5 for the blog, it would gain a 4 star rating on Goodreads and Amazon. I do this for two reasons: First, they do not offer 1/2 star options on those platforms, and second, Authors work hard to put their work out there. I may not enjoy every page of their efforts, but I can respect their time and energy – and those reviews help them sell books. How can I argue with that?

What do my Star Ratings mean? A Break Down.

 

5 out of 5 Stars

Books that earn a 5 star rating from me meet, and often exceed, the following criteria:

  • I LOVED it!
  • They are entertaining
  • Unique – if the plot or theme is familiar, it MUST have a new take to earn a 5
  • No editing issues
  • Would beg you to read it
  • Kept me captivated from beginning to end
  • Literary value, along with content
  • No obvious plot holes

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Books that earn a 4.5 star rating from me meet all of the following criteria:

  • I almost Loved it
  • Entertaining
  • Unique, if the plot or theme is familiar, it MUST have a new take or view, no matter if we are talking about vampires, teenage love or the chicken that crosses the road.
  • No obvious editing issues
  • Would definitely recommend
  • Kept me interested from beginning to end
  • Literary value, along with content
  • No obvious plot holes

4 out of 5 Stars

Books that earn a 4 star rating from me meet most of the following criteria:

  • I liked it
  • Entertaining
  • Unique, offering new views of familiar themes if they are present
  • No obvious editing issues, or if some are present, they are not glaring
  • Would definitely recommend
  • Kept me interested
  • Literary value, along with content
  • No obvious plot holes

3.5 out of 5 Stars

Books that earn a 3.5 star rating from me meet most of the following criteria:

  • It was decent… but I have questions
  • Interesting
  • Unique enough
  • Would still recommend
  • Some editing issues may be present, does not detract
  • Literary value, along with content
  • Plot holes are minor, if present

3 out of 5 Stars

Books that earn a 3 Star rating form me meet most of the following criteria:

  • It was okay
  • Average
  • Would recommend with reservations
  • If this is part of a series, I will most likely NOT continue it
  • Some editing issues may be present, may detract (or not – I will note in review)
  • Plot holes may make me stumble and lower the rating

2.5 out of 5 Stars

Books that earn a 2.5 Star Rating from me have most of the following characteristics:

  • Little less than okay, but probably finished it (Hey, I’m a glutton for literary punishment!)
  • Very average
  • Probably would not recommend
  • If part of a series, will NOT finish
  • Editing issues (will note in review if present)
  • Plot Holes (will note in review if present)

2 out of 5 Stars

Books that earn (??) a 2 star rating from me have most of the following characteristics

  • I did not like it
  • Below Average
  • Not Unique
  • Content may be offensive (will note in review if this is the case)
  • Probably was a DNF (Did not finish) Book
  • Would not recommend
  • Plot holes (will not in review if present)

1.5 out of 5 Stars

Books that earn (???!) a 1.5 star rating from me…. well, yeah – they probably suck.

  • I really did not like it
  • Probably DNF (or if I did, it was because I was too shocked to let it go)
  • Way Below Average
  • Content may be offensive (will note in review if this is the case)
  • Would NOT recommend

1 out of 5 Stars

Books that gain a 1 star rating from me will probably never appear on this blog…

  • Almost hated it
  • Very probably DNF
  • Needs to be rewritten
  • Offensive (will note in review – IF I actually read it)
  • Never recommend

0.5 our of 5 Stars

Books that earn this…. wait… I can’t… I just can’t!

  • HATED it
  • Did they even try?
  • Who edited this??
  • Wait… it’s a series? Oh hell no!
  • Probably offensive (will note in review… if I even bother to review it)
  • Scrap everything and start over
  • Recommendation would not even be a question…
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