I figured it was about time to share the reasoning behind my ratings – after all, just a number of stars seems pretty arbitrary. So if you are interested in how I come to my decisions, this is the article for you.
Without further ado…
0 stars – So bad I couldn’t finish it. No pros and many serious cons.
1 star – A rating reserved for one of the worst books on the planet. I wouldn’t read it again if you paid me. I could barely get through it. There are no pros and I would not recommend it for any audience.
2 stars– The book was really bad, but has an insignificant pro or two. I would not read it again unless I was paid a hefty sum as compensation. It may be appealing to an extremely limited audience, but nevertheless is terrible in quality.
3 stars – The book was bad, but it could conceivably be worse. It may have a handful of minor pros. I would not read it again unless you paid me a decent amount as compensation. It may be appealing to a limited audience, but it is low quality.
4 stars– The book was not good, but it has a few pros. It may be worth reading again just to laugh at how bad it is. At the very least it’s not super cringey or unbearable. Some people probably would find it at least interesting, even if it could not really be called good. The quality is not very good.
5 stars– The book was average. It has enough pros to make it look appealing, at least from the outset, but it doesn’t satisfy. Nothing makes it stand out in a bad or good way. You could maybe convince me to read it again, but it would take a lot of persuading. Some people probably would like this book, but I at least found it lackluster.
6 stars – The book was slightly better than average. It has its cons, but also comes equipped with several redeeming features. I’d rather not read it again, but if you insist… There is probably a decent-sized audience for this book, including a handful of people who will fight you to the death if you say anything bad about it.
7 stars – This was a good book. It had several cons, but it makes up for it with pros. I would read it again, but probably not for a few years. There is either a large possible audience or it is very appealing to a smallish audience.
8 stars – This was a great book. It probably had a couple of cons, but more than made up for it in pros. I would read it again in a year or so. There is either a large possible audience or it fits into its particular niche extremely well.
9 stars – This is an awesome book. It maybe had one con, but who cares?! It was so worth it. I would read it again in a few months. The book is accessible to a wide audience or it fits into its particular niche almost perfectly.
10 stars – This is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. There were no cons that I could think of. I could read it again next week. The book is accessible to a wide audience or it fits into its particular niche perfectly.