I use the star rating system like many others, but I thought I’d give a brief explanation of how I rate books. 🙂
5 stars- I adored this book! It was absolutely amazing in every way. It’s most likely a new favorite. This means everything was fantastic or even possibly perfect and I’m *figuratively* going to shout it from the rooftops.
4 stars- I really liked this book! It was awesome but I had a couple of issues with it. It could still possibly be a new favorite. This most likely means that the characters and plot were great, but I had an issue or two with something. It was still a really good book.
3 stars- I liked this book but I had some issues. This means the characters were alright but still possibly two-dimensional, the plot wasn’t quite clear or was over/under-developed, and it was an okay book.
2 stars- I didn’t really like this book. This means the characters weren’t very good or detailed, the plot was poorly executed, and it just wasn’t my bar of chocolate.
1 star- I didn’t like this book at all and I may or may not have finished it. This means I couldn’t get attached to the characters, the plot was boring or slow or cliché, and I just couldn’t get into it. I will most likely only give this to books I DNF’d. (did not finish)
I also give ½ star ratings: 4½, 3½, and 2½.
Regardless of the rating I give, I’ll always recommend each book I read to everyone.
I come up with my ratings by scoring each element of the story out of 20, and then adding the scores together. This is what I mean:
plot: out of 20
characters: out of 20
setting: out of 20
relationships: out of 20
twists: out of 20
out of 100
From there, I’ll take the score (out of 100) and use a scale to determine the rating. This is the scale I use:
90-100 = 5 stars
85-89 = 4½ stars
80-84 = 4 stars
75-79 = 3½ stars
70-74 = 3 stars
65-69 = 2½ stars
60-64 = 2 stars
59 or lower = 1 star