rating books is honestly pretty difficult. is the 3 stars you gave to that book the equivalent you gave to that other book? do you like those two books in the same capacity? I DON’T KNOW.
i’ve gone through many ups and downs when it comes to rating books. let’s be honest when we all first started rating books on goodreads and such…we gave 5 stars to every single book that we remotely liked.
of course, that’s changed so much over the years. and, after A Lot Of Struggles, I think I’ve finally understood how I want to rate books. That doesn’t mean sometimes I’ll read an odd book and still know how to rate it…because that totally happens.
Though I used to give 5 stars to any book I liked…now it is reserved for THE BEST OF THE BEST books – my favourite books of all time. So it’s very rare for me to give 5 stars! I currently have about 20 books rated 5 stars.
What I look for in a five star book? Nothing in particular. BUT these books make my heart FEEL alive, they might have made me cry, I might have re-read them 20 times, I love the characters, I love the atmosphere, I love the writing – it all depends.
a glimpse at my favourite books (check out my shelf here)
These books I REALLY REALLY liked and most of the time could be five stars but just didn’t have that extra something to make me completely fall in love with it. Or sometimes it’s like objectively this was…weak but I love it anyways. Also, if I read a book but read it a while ago and need to re-read I will give it 4 stars, even though it might be a favourite (e.g The Song of Achilles)
4.5 stars – this was like so very nearly perfect but I just had like few problems but still a very good book (some of these still make it to my faves shelf)
I realise I give 4 stars to a lot of finales and reason is, if I’ve read all the way to the end of a series I already love the characters and writing and world. That’s already established. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I love everything about the finale if that makes sense?
I GENUINELY LOVE ALL THESE BOOKS!! There’s just something about them that makes me not want to rate them 5 stars? And I can’t put it into words??
Can we PLEASE normalise 3 stars as a good rating? Because it totally is for me! This doesn’t even necessarily mean I disliked things about the book. It just means I enjoyed the book but didn’t feel super strongly about it. Still a good book in my eyes!
3.5 stars – If I rate a YA Contemporary 3.5 stars that’s the equivalent of me giving it 5 stars. Obviously sometimes I can give a contemp a 4 or 5 stars but it’s very rare!!
As you can see I give a LOT of contemporaries 3 or 3.5 stars. I’m hesitant to call these “fluffy” because a lot of them deal with darker topics.
Ahhh the books that I read more than a 2 years ago and can’t remember anything that happened but remember being fond of them so here’s an awkward 3 star! These all used to be 4 or 5 stars but I don’t feel strongly about them anymore.
This isn’t a bad rating for me!! Some people may be like “omg, spill the tea” if I rate a book 2 or 2.5 stars but, this isn’t a bad book for me. It just means “it was okay” and I don’t have any strong feelings towards the book. I didn’t actively like it or dislike it. I don’t consider this a super negative rating!
I don’t passionately hate these books. They were all just alright. Nothing especially bad but didn’t benefit my life in any way.
(wow that colour scheme) Here are 2 star books I actually did have problems with! I did enjoy certain aspects to all these books but there was a lot of things I was :// about
Here’s the truly bad rating!! I might not even detest this book but I probably found it boring and pointless, and regret reading it.
Here are some books I (really) hated!! And have no redeeming qualities for me!! Some I hate more than others but this books just weren’t 🙂 it 🙂
what is your rating system like? do you reserve 5 stars for you absolute favourite books? and what was your last 5 star read? do you use half star ratings?