My rating system
The moment you start thinking about other people, how they will feel and whether they’ll agree with you, rating books becomes hard.
For clarity and to avoid some hurt feelings please know that I rate by my own enjoyment which can depend on a variety of factors, not just quality of the writing.
A low rating doesn’t mean the book isn’t “good”, “successful” or “useful”. It simply may not have been for me, or wasn’t a favourite for me, and the feedback I give (when I write a review) will tell you why that is.
Here is an overview:
⭐️ Yikes. I really wasn’t fond of this book or really didn’t enjoy it for some other reason.
⭐️⭐️ This book wasn’t my cup of tea or I had a fair few gripes or misgivings about it.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was a fair effort, a good effort. Some parts I liked but there were a few things that bothered me about it, OR the subject just didn’t interest me as much as others might. Hey, it happens. No harm, no foul.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was excellent, fascinating, fabulous or otherwise entertaining. I might have had one or two small gripes about this book. It might not go on my favourites list but it may have come darn close.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was important, excellent, fascinating and/or entertaining and I freaking LOVED it! This book might be a favourite of mine, now. I might re-read it or pour over notes I made while reading it. I might (annoyingly) recommend it to people I know in real life.