Rating & Reviewing Policy

How I Rate Books

I rate my books based on how much they met my expectations, not how ‘good’ they are. I do this because I think good/bad ratings highly depend on what you want from a book and are therefore subjective. I try to fit each book I read within the six categories provided below but when I can’t choose I will give a book a .5 rating.

My Rating Scale

❤︎ = I dislike this book. This is a book I could barely even get through or is a book I find problematic.

❤︎ ❤︎ = It wasn’t for me. My hopes and expectations weren’t met at all. It could be that I just didn’t enjoy the story, characters, writing or some other element that made me dislike it.

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ = I did enjoy aspects of this book but I’m not sure how I feel about it as a whole. My hopes and expectations weren’t really met. This could be because the book was just ok overall or it could be because some aspects were really enjoyable but others weren’t at all.

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ = I liked this book. Most of my hopes and expectations were met. There are things that made me not enjoy it to the fullest. This might be because there are things I would like to change or things I expected but didn’t get.

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ = I loved this book. It met all hopes and expectations and maybe even exceeded them. I got what I wanted from it.

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ + = This is a five-star book that also had a big impact on me. These books changed how I view something or the world in general.

How I Structure My Reviews

In my reviews, I first give some practical information about the book and the synopsis. I also explain what my rating means. In the actual review section, I discuss my hopes and expectations going into the book, what I liked, what I didn’t like, and recap my overall feelings. Sometimes I will also give a recommendation at the end to specify which people might like or dislike it.