You’ve probably already noticed that we don’t give ratings on books here at Book Review Sisters. Have we ever told you why?
Well, mainly it’s because we believe book reviews are subjective – and I’ve written a whole post
about that before.
But quite often, I do rate books on other sites, such as Goodreads and Amazon. So I’ve had to think about what constitutes a 5 star rating to me.
I don’t give many 5 stars out. To me, 5 stars is outstanding – a book that can’t really be improved, a book that totally speaks to me and had me captivated from start to finish. That’s a tall order. I’m a perfectionist in nature – I’m hard to impress. I know lots of people give 5 stars more easily than I do, and I’m sure they truly believe in the 5 star rating they bestow.
Certain elements of a book can easily demote it from a 5 to 4 star for me. These could be:
- A slightly less than satisfying ending
- A hero or heroine who I didn’t quite identify with
- A predictable plot
But otherwise, a 4 star rating from me still means a book I really enjoyed, and one I heartily recommend for lovers of the same genre.
3 stars means it was a nice book – one that I was happy to read.
2 stars? I didn’t enjoy it, and that could be for a million reasons.
As for a 1 star – I don’t think I’ve ever given one. I’d probably never pick up a 1 star rating book, or if I did, I wouldn’t finish it.
Generally speaking, Jess and I don’t post reviews for books on Book Review Sisters which we’d rate less than 3 stars as we like to feature books we recommend to our readers
So that’s how I rate books, if I have to. Which brings me to a question I have for you today:
Would you like us to start using a rating system for books we review?
Please let us know what you think 🙂 I’d also love to know what your criteria is for a 5 star rating.
Helen’s favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element. She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA. She’s not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.
Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.
Helen is a strange combination of fiction editor and web strategist. That’s because she loves fiction and the internet – and analytics! A former business analyst and IT support manager, Helen now spends her time parenting her three children as well as running her editing and web agency businesses. As a book reviewer and fiction editor, her one true love and specialty is Christian romance fiction.