A while ago, I decided that I needed a method for rating books. Before I came up with my rating system I would just assign whatever rating felt right after I finished a book. I would rush to my phone and rate it on Goodreads along with a small summary of how much I liked the book or didn’t like the book. I would always look back at that rating and think, but did I really think about it or did I go on impulse?
That was when I came up with my system for rating books. I sat down and broke down the most important factors (to me) for rating a book fairly and objectively. Ever since I started book blogging I decided it’s not enough to just slam a book or praise it. That if people were reading my reviews they deserved a dimensional breakdown so that I could help someone else decide if they wanted to commit their time to something.
I’m a Virgo. I have to chart/list/laminate everything.
Total Stars Possible: 5
Factors Impacting Ratings: 10
Each star represents a different element of a novel. I have two factors in each category, each worth half of a star. I look at the chart every time I finish a book and attach a rating to it. I ask myself questions to decide if the book deserves the half star or not.
Star 1: Plot and Story
– Did the plot develop throughout the story? Did it change?
– Was the pacing of the novel appropriate for the development of the plot?
– Was interest in the plot maintained through out the novel?
– Was the plot unique/original/memorable?
– Did the plot follow a “scripted” sequence of events or did it follow it’s own path?
– How many tropes were used? How often were they used?
– Were you able to predict the ending?
Star 2: The Characters
– Were the character’s three dimensional?
– Could you distinguish one character from another easily? Did they all have individual personalities? Did they blend together?
- “It” Factor
– Did you care about the characters through out the story? Did you care what happened to them?
– Did you have a strong emotional connection (love or hate, good or bad) to at least one of the characters?
Star 3: The Writing
– Did the book read well?
– Was there consistency to their writing?
– Was there a clear mastery of grammar?
- The Author’s Voice:
– Would you read another book by this author?
– Was the writing poetic? Beautiful?
– Did you like the writing style? Did you connect to it?
Star 4: Enjoyment
- The Reading Experience
– How long did it take you to finish the book? (Note: I prefer to read a book within the span of about 3-4 days. If it’s longer or shorter than that, there’s usually a reason)
– Did you want to finish the book or did you feel obligated to?
– Did you find yourself wishing it was longer? Shorter?
- Feelings After Finishing
– Did you feel satisfied with the ending? (Excluding books in a series)
– Did you want to talk about it right away?
– Would you recommend it to others? A close friend?
– Did you feel strongly about the ending?
Star 5: Extra Factors
– Did you feel fully distracted from reality while reading it?
– Were you fully engulfed in the world? (Fantasy only)
– Could you visualize everything that was happening in the story?
- Fangirling Level
– Was there Fangirling?
– Did you instantly search for the book on Tumblr and reblog everything you found?
– Did you aggressively avoid spoilers while reading the book?
– Have you shipped any characters and/or shipped them with yourself? (You know you do it, don’t judge me)
There you have it. That’s how I rate books! Let me know below what your process is like and what you think of mine. Thanks for reading!
~The Grisha Lieutenant
Note: Sometimes my Goodreads rating differs from my blog rating. I usually do the whole process before a Wrap Up (which is coming tomorrow!).