Random Thoughts on Books is my opportunity to discuss my bookish thoughts.
Last week I discussed The Good, The Bad and The Confusing of ratings. Ratings are complex and personal and can be very difficult to define. In order to get a better handle on my own ratings I’ve come up with some “standards” and I’ve also decided to stop immediately rating a book and waiting until I write my review because that’s when I have a better handle on my feelings for the book.
Zero star books would be books that I DNF for whatever reason I choose to DNF them for.
One star books are books I finished, but didn’t like at all. One star books may have any of the following characteristics: huge gaping plot holes, characters that do things that don’t make any sense in relation to the story or to what I feel is common sense or characters that just piss me off, very poor writing. One star books are books that I probably should have DNF’d but for whatever reason I decided not to do so.
Two star books are “ok.” Two star have to be decently written with characters and a plot that I like. They are books that I feel I wouldn’t be missing anything if I hadn’t read it, but that I don’t regret reading either.
Three star books are “good.” In addition to the qualifications for 2 star books, I have to more than like either the characters or the plot. It can have strong characters with a weak plot or a strong plot with weak characters, but one of them has to be strong. I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend the book to people who had a particular interest in those type of books. Three star books have to be well written without a plethora of noticeable grammatical errors/sentence structure issues (note: I am terrible at grammar so if I notice it, it must be really bad).
In addition to the 3 star qualifications 4 star books should have strong characters/plot. I would recommend a 4 star book to any reader and quite a few non-readers. Four star books keep me engaged and are entertaining. They are hard to put down, though they usually have some fatal flaw that keeps me from handing out the full 5 stars.
Five star books are the best of the best. In addition to the 4 star qualifications the book will be one that I know I want to reread. If I don’t get that rereading feeling, it can’t be a five star book. Five star books will have strong plots and characters, both of which I love. They are not only entertaining and engaging but they are the kind of book that will cause a loss of sleep due to the fact that I can’t stop reading.
It’s hard to pinpoint ratings more specifically because each genre is a little different, but these standards can apply across all genres. Let me know what you think!
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