My rating system:
Here you will find my definitions for the book ratings that I use when doing reviews. However, as is stated in my Review Policy, I do not write or publish reviews for any book that I rate lower than 3 Stars, but I will rate most books that I read on Goodreads. Any star rating I give a book might be mentioned in any other type of post that I write on my blog (Top Ten Tuesday, Award, Tag, Discussion, etc) or possibly could be used in a comment that I make:
5 out of 5 Stars: Absolutely loved the book! Most likely it will be a book that I will reread! The writing was superb, the book had both an excellent plot and characterization. The book is a fantastic example of its genre. This is a book that I will be highly recommending to everyone, and the author is a definite auto-buy! A must read!! Utter Perfection!
4.5 out of 5 Stars: The book was almost perfect! It is an example of excellent writing, has a great storyline, a good plot and characterization, and is a very high quality example of its genre. The book will stay with me for quite some time, and I will read more of the author’s works based on this book. I will highly recommend it!
4 out of 5 Stars: Excellent book! I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters, and the plot. The book was an attention grabber, and I want to read more by the author! The book is a high quality example of its genre, and I highly recommend the book.
3.5 out of 5 Stars: An entertaining read that had more good points than bad but several areas could have been improved in either the writing, the plot, or the characterization. I’d recommend it knowing it would be enjoyed by most readers.
3 out of 5 Stars: The book was an enjoyable read that had both its strengths and weaknesses. It was an average representation of its genre. I’d still recommend it knowing other readers would likely enjoy more than I did although I might be a little reluctant.
2 out of 5 Stars: Below Average! The book was lacking in key areas. While reading it, I became distracted way too often, the story dragged, or I skipped chapters that were of no interest. The plot was likely redundant or completely unbelievable. Very inconsistent characters and theme. Subpar writing or even good writing that was all-over the place. Not at all a good representation of its genre. I would never recommend this book!
1 out of 5 Stars: What did I just read?! The book was terribly written. I had to ask myself how and why it was even published. This book in no way reflects its genre. I will never recommend at all. Ever. Ever!
DNF: I did not finish the book-I try to love all books that I read, but that just can’t happen. I will read MOST books to the 25% point but if I cannot get into the book or enjoy it by that point, then I’m likely going to DNF the book. This very rarely happens, but it does. If your book is full of errors, especially grammatical, then I will likely DNF.