B is for Book Review…

letter-b-iconB is for Book review. Writing a book review is a pretty big deal these days. Some readers will see a review and it will make or break their decision to purchase said book. I’ve been leaving reviews for things I buy online for a few years now but I haven’t been for novels. I’ve only been leaving reviews for the past 6 months or so. During that time I have seen a lot of great reviews and only 3 stars or 2 stars. I wondered to myself what was it that made it a 2 or a 3 and why were their words contradicting the rating? I decided because of this that I wanted to have a rating scale for my book reviews so you as the potential reader of a novel I read would know exactly where I was coming from. I hope this will be helpful. I know it has forced me to rethink and reconsider what makes it a 5 or a 2 on my scale.

Below is my new rating scale for book reviews.

5 stars: I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I had to keep going until I was finished. When I finished I felt very emotional. The characters felt like my best friends. It was so real I felt like I was a character in the novel. I will directly purchase this book in some format.

4 stars: An excellent read that I looked forward to reading at the end of the day. I liked the characters. I liked the story.  I was able to temporarily lose myself in another world. This is a book I will be recommending to all my friends.

3 stars: A good and easy read, but somewhat predictable. I would recommend this for some light reading. I was entertained temporarily but not profound or life changing.

2 stars: Had some serious flaws that distracted me from enjoyment: storyline felt fragmented or lacked flow, very predictable, cookie-cutter, no connection with the characters.

1 star: This book serves no purpose other than to prop open a window or a wobbly bookcase that houses amazing reads. I wasted time reading this book.

0 stars: I will not post when I get so low on my rating scale. This means I did not finish the book and it wouldn’t be fair to potential readers.

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5 Responses

  1. madhaus says:

    HI there, stopping in on the A to Z challenge. I love reading and your review scale makes sense. Can’t figure out what it means when someone leaves a 2-3 star review with no description either. If you took the time to read the book, you could give us one sentence on why the book got the number of stars you gave it.

  2. R.K. Grow says:

    Thank you for stopping by Madhaus. I agree with you that if you took the time to read the book that even a sentence could help us know why you gave it a 5 or 3. Do you have a rating scale you go by for book reviews?

  3. Rebecca Douglass says:

    I think I just messed up and sent my comment as a message. Dang technology. Just wanted to say I hopped in from A to Z and like what you say here. Makes me think I should post something like it on my blog to go with my reviews.

    • R.K. Grow says:

      You are not the only one. No worries. Thank you for stopping by Rebecca. What is your website? I’d love to drop on by. I just felt like I needed to do some kind of rating for my reviews. I was making them too long I think and not as clear as they could be. Good luck!

  4. Rebecca Douglass says:

    Oh yeah, that! I’m at http://www.ninjalibrarian.com. And I’m #1313 on the A to Z list, which ought to be good for something!

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