I record and review all of the books I read through Goodreads. Over the past few years, I have been grading each book on their scale of 1 to 5 stars but had no real system for determining what made a 5 star book a 5 star book other than a basic gut reaction. I think that system (or complete lack of one) was confusing and inaccurate so I have decided to define the stars and what I mean by giving any specific book a particular rating.
I will say that these categories are really too broad for my personal taste but that Goodreads doesn’t allow for you to give any partial scores (for example – 4 and a half stars) so I do the best I can within their system.
5 Stars – I LOVED this book. I enjoyed reading it so much that I would definitely add it to my personal library and would read and re-read it frequently. I would enjoy discussing this book with others and would definitely recommend it to a friend.
4 Stars – I REALLY LIKED this book. I would like to add it to my personal collection and would enjoy re-reading it. I would probably recommend it to a friend.
3 Stars – I enjoyed this book (or at least parts of it) but not enough to make an impression on me. I probably wouldn’t purchase a copy of it, spend much time re-reading it or discussing it with others. I might recommend it to a friend but not as anything particularly amazing.
2 Stars – I ACTIVELY disliked this book. Definitely wouldn’t purchase it, re-read it or recommend it to a friend.
1 Star / 0 Stars – I HATED and LOATHED this book. Discussions about this book tend to be loud, passionate rants. See – James Joyce.