Welcome to BookBlogWriMo day 14! The theme today is “Your Rating System.”
If you haven’t seen it before, you can find my rating system HERE. However, in case you don’t want to click that link (how rude!), I’ll also put it here for you.
10 – Perfection. One of the best books I’ve ever read
This book is very well-written. It has well-rounded characters, and I know I will re-read it in the future. It has no perceptible flaws.
9 – Practically perfect
This book has fantastic characters/plot/writing style. Pretty close to perfect.
8 – Freaking fantastic
Memorable. I really enjoyed reading it. The execution of the plot/characters was solid.
7 – Pretty good
Has flaws that are perceptible, but the story works. Entertaining and well-paced.
6 – Good, but not great
Above average, but not by much. Nothing spectacular or particularly special. The book works overall, but probably would have preferred to read something else.
5 – Take it or leave it
Not bad but not memorable. Completely average. The book suffers from stereotypes in plot or characters.
4 – Eh. This is bad
A book that is all around sub-par, though somehow has a few qualities that stopped me from hating it.
3 – Horrible; why am I reading this?
A book that I had to push through to keep reading it, and I mostly did so to say I finished it. Suffers from major problems in style/plot/characters.
2 – I’ve wasted part of my life reading this
Completely horrible and a waste of time. This means it probably had bad writing, flat characters, or huge plot holes. Just barely above being complete crap.
1 – One of the worst books I’ve ever read
I want my money and time back from buying and reading this. No good qualities whatsoever.
0 – I’m not finishing this
This speaks for itself. So bad I didn’t read the whole thing.
I think my rating system pretty much speaks for itself. A lot of the books I read fit easily into one of these categories, but you might’ve noticed that I also give half stars quite often because sometimes a book will just not quite be an 8 (freaking fantastic) but not as low as a 7 (pretty good), so I’ll give a score that lies in between like my feelings for the book did.
I base ratings on plot, writing, characters, and my own overall reaction to the book. It’s funny how sometimes I’ll finish a book and think I know how I’m going to rate a book, but when I sit down and start writing the review, my feelings for a book will change. Once I start processing my thoughts about the book, my rating can completely change. Though I will say that they won’t really drastically change; like they won’t go from a 4 to an 8 or a 9 to a 5.
What about you? How do you rate books?
9 thoughts on “BookBlogWriMo – My Rating System”
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Even I give 1/2 stars (though my rating system of 5 stars, so it helps me pretty well!)
I really like your rating system! 🙂
I like that you have a 1-10 rating system. I feel like it would be easier to rate the books I read and be more precise if I didn’t just use 5 stars.
That’s why I chose to use 10 stars. I think it’s too difficult to rate books with only 5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon because it’s too restrictive. Like you said, 10 stars allows me to be more precise.
I rate on goodreads, but generally only talk about books I like on my blog. I think my ratings are probably way too emotional.
I can understand why that would be. It’s really difficult to rate some books because of the reaction to it.
I don’t rate books on my blog, but I use the stars on Goodreads. I rate based off of my gut reaction upon finishing a book:
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I LOVED it, and I want to buy it so I can read it again!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I liked it a LOT, and I might even read it again someday.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I liked it, and I’m glad I read it.
⭐ ⭐ I didn’t like it, and I probably just skimmed the back half, or looked up the plot summary on Wikipedia to see how it ended.
I don’t give ⭐ ratings. If a book is bad enough to deserve ⭐ then I didn’t finish it, and I don’t believe in rating something I didn’t finish.
I love your descriptors for your ratings!
I try to determine how I’m going to rate a book when I’m halfway through, and usually I’ll stick to that rating, given that there are no drastic changes in the book. I usually use a 1-5 star system, but I think 1-10 probably gives more freedom!
I think 1-10 gives me more room to find the right rating.
You really rate a book halfway through? Hmmm. I’ll have to see if I can do that with my next book. Just to see. I’ll let you know.