So how do I rate the books I read? They’re reviewed are rated on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest, and I use this scale because it’s what Goodreads uses, and I like to make things match. According to Goodreads I have an average 3.73 rating. Being an English major has resulted in a certain amount of pickiness, as well as an intolerance for some troupes and cliches. (Gif idea was stolen from xingsings rating page, ayo whaddup Krease.)
This is typically reserved for my favorite books, and isn’t something I like to give lightly. They’re the books that I either reread religiously or have still resonated with me since I first read them. They have their own shelf that no one is allowed to breathe near. They’re the cool kids you always wanted to sit with at school.
This is a very common rating for me. It goes to books that I found enjoyable, but not as dynamic as a 5 star. They’re books I think are well written and unique, and I could very well understand how other readers could consider it a top tier read. For me, however, that isn’t the case. Usually I have an issue with style, characterization, or plot. These are the nice kids you talk to in class and wave at in the cafeteria after the semester is over.
I’m never too wild about these. Usually there’s some kind of gaping plot or character issue, or there’s a troupe I’m not too fond of. Most love triangles, badly written female protagonists, and queer character killing books end up around here. They were mostly enjoyable, but I’m not likely to recommend them to a friend unless it’s something I know they’ll like. They’re like that annoying dude in your English 419 class who thinks he’s a gift from God because he took a Gender and Queer Voices class two semesters ago.
I don’t like these books. I probably complained to my roommate about it the entire time I was reading it. I typically rate poorly written books with lack of a plot or decent characters with this. These books tend to have a singular saving grace, like a really cool set of supporting characters or a wicked premise that wasn’t done justice. To me they’re almost like the students who contribute nothing but shit to the class discussion you’re so lit for.
This will sound pretentious, but I consider myself one of the premier book consumers in my circles. If I give a book a bottom level rating people know about it. That’s usually when they start watching for a book drag instead of a book review, and then never read the book. If I rate a book at a 1 I think it’s utter garbage, and I only finished it so I would be prepared to rip it apart in the next blog post.