Recently, I’ve noticed that more people are sharing about how they rate books. Some people are still doing star ratings, and some are abandoning it altogether. So, I wanted to take a moment to talk about how I rate books. Personally, I still like the star rating. I’m a visual person, so that helps me a lot. But I rate books solely based on how they make me feel. I read for fun. I don’t consider myself a critic, and I don’t focus on technique unless it influences my enjoyment of the story. I’ve written enough critical essays in my time. I wanted to get back to the fun of literature. That’s why Wildwood Reads is purely about the enjoyment of reading. So, let’s get into what my ratings mean.
I loved this book. It’s top tier. I will think about this book for weeks after reading it.
I liked this book. I had a fun time reading it, but it didn’t give me the five-star feeling. Something technical could have kept me from completely loving it (which I’ll mention in the review). Or, it could have just been that I didn’t completely connect with the story.
3/5 isn’t a negative review in my world. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t completely dislike it. This is usually where I start noting technical issues that took me out of the story. I try to analyze the exact reason that the book didn’t completely work for me.
I didn’t like this book. Either the subject, characters, or all of the above didn’t work for me. I never want to completely bash a book, so I will try to point out my dislikes in a helpful way.
I will rarely have a 1/5 stars. I usually dnf a book if I feel like there is nothing that I can like about it. Again, I read for enjoyment and if I’m not enjoying anything I’d rather cut my losses and try something else.
So that’s how I rate my books. What about you? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below.