Since everyone seems to mean different things when rating books, I was thinking that I’d mention how I think when I rate and review. I use a five-star scale, and I call the stars feathers, because of the name of the blog.
This means that I really didn’t like a book. Actually I don’t think that I’ve ever handed out a one-feather rating to a book, because usually there’s something about it that I can appreciate even though I generally didn’t like it. So if a book gets one feather, it is crap. And it might also mean that I didn’t finish it.
Two feathers mean that I didn’t like it, but not everything was totally bad. There is usually some aspect that redeemed the book – perhaps the writing, or the setting, or it had a good ending, or something along those lines.
The book wasn’t super-good, but it wasn’t bad, either. I think that this is the rating that I hand out the most, alongside four-feather ratings.
I really liked a book if I gave it four feathers. Mostly everything about it appealed to me, but it didn’t receive five feathers because there was something small about it that pulled it down.
This means that I loved the book. However, I am very restrictive with dealing out five feathers. There has to be something special about it for me to give it five feathers.
Sometimes, I use 0.5, when a book isn’t quite any of the other ratings (so, for example, if something gets a 3.5, it means that it was better than a 3, but didn’t quite reach up to a 4). I will also sometimes post shorter versions of my reviews on Goodreads – there will at least be a rating and a link to my review.
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