Rating a book is a totally subjective thing — a judgment call on the part of the reader. This is MY site, so you’ll be getting MY judgment.
As a reader of this blog, do not allow my review or the comments of a few to unduly influence your decision on a book. If a book looks interesting to you, give it a chance.
To get the full 5 stars, it has to be a spectacular book. One that stayed with me for days, if not weeks. One that I want for my permanent library and that I will read and re-read.
Great book. Really, really liked it. May have a few minor flaws, but was very much worth the time and effort to read it. Recommended.
A 3-star designation from me is still a good thing. It’s an okay book. I liked it. It met many of my expectations but it just didn’t quite get me as giddy as I’d hoped. 3 stars usually include a limited recommendation to a particular target audience or circumstance. For example:
it’s a debut book with potential and I want to encourage an author to continue
there are themes or topics that I think are important enough it makes up for other weaknesses
the book was well-written but had themes or messages I’m really uncomfortable with
it has a really clever concept or a fascinating main character, but the writing was weak or it was edited poorly
the book was okay, but I recommend checking it out from the library before buying it
Below 3 Stars
These are books that I finished but had some issues that were big enough that I can’t really recommend them. I generally won’t bother reviewing these books, but sometimes there are exceptions, and I will discuss those in the review itself.