When you see a review on my site, you will probably see two different ratings, a star rating above the synopsis of the book and then a word rating on right below my review. You might ask why would I have two different systems, so here is my explaination.
Stars: Most websites that allow you to post review to them, like amazon and goodreads, use a star system, so I give all my reviews a ranking based on those because I cross-post my reviews to those platforms so authors can get the benefits of having reviews in more than one place. Also having the simple star rating on each review allows the rating to be shown in google search results as well, another plus to both the author and Home. Love. Books.
Word Ratings: I wanted to have a word based system that people could really understand and get behind. A three star rating can mean different things to different people, some people think “oh three stars means it’s bad” or they think “oh she liked it.” A word rating lets you know exactly what I think. Here is a more detailed description of each rating.
Loved It! = 5 Stars
This means I thought the book was fantastic and I would recommend it wholeheartedly, in other words you should buy it and read it ASAP. Normally if I book gets this rating it means I could read it again and again and still enjoy it. It means the author brought the characters to life so much that I felt like I knew them. I have formed emotional attachments to the characters. More than that the storyline was quality, and chances are I read the book in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down (this has happened before, I have literally skipped meals and sleep for a great book).
Liked It = 4 Stars
If a book gets this rating, it means it was a pretty good book. I definitely enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end, and enjoyed both characters and plot. There is probably and element or two that kept me from rating it higher, but overall the book was very enjoyable and I would recommend it without a doubt.
Just Okay = 3 Stars
For me, when a book gets this rating, it’s still a good book. The book held my interest, I enjoyed the characters, they felt true to themselves, and the book completely did it’s job of holding my attention for the amount of time the author asked for. Normally when a book gets this rating for me it normally means an element or two of the book is not one of my favorite elements, and towards the end of the review I will most likely outline an audience I feel would enjoy this book on a 4 star or 5 star level. Just because it wasn’t my absolute favorite doesn’t mean it won’t be someone else’s, and I definitely want to find every book its target audience.
Skip It = 2 Stars
If a book gets this rating, I didn’t like it. I finished the book, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Maybe the storyline wasn’t fully developed, or maybe the characters were just people I couldn’t relate to, but either way I didn’t really feel it.
didn’t finish = 1 Star
This means I didn’t finish the book. It takes a lot for me not to finish a book (I am one of those people who likes to finish things). Chances are if a book got this rating then a lot of things were missing from this book, like grammar mistakes on every page, story lines you just couldn’t follow, or many other things. Basically if a book gets this rating, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.