B 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.