I perfectly understand that not everyone who visits my site wants to trawl all the way through my review, but have no fear, for I have a fool-proof rating system! Like all good socialists/pro-EU members, I love a good star, and obviously, the more the better, but I am rather fastidious in using them. So to show my workings, I’ve written a breakdown of them below.
- Such disappoint. I read every book hoping to love it, or at least like it, so these are a rarity, but sometimes I read a book that I find very dull, or in the worst cases, hateful. An example of a one star book for me would be Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer. Ill-written and justifying rape culture? Please give Bella some self-respect.
- I didn’t hate this, but I really didn’t like it either. Maybe there were elements I did like, but these were ultimately outweighed by other factors which either bored me to tears, or just made me dislike it. The Magicians by Lev Grossman falls into this category: it was beautifully written, had an amazing world and magic system, but a cast of characters I found absolutely horrible. No finishing this series for me.
- I liked this book, and would read the next in the series/another work by the author. Perhaps there were some areas that I thought could have been improved upon, but ultimately this is a positive rating. I rated A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab as 3.5 stars, as I very much enjoyed it, but I wasn’t absolutely smitten.
- Ooh yeah book, you push my beans! If I love a book, I will give it four stars, usually because I can’t find much I dislike about it. A gripping plot, complex characters, and lovely prose guarantee a four star rating. An example would be The Secret History by Donna Tartt – neo-romanticism with mystery and secrecy? Yes please.
- The Holy Grail. It is very, very rare for me to give a book five stars, so when I do, I think it’s perfect. For the massive influence it has made to my life, the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling all get 5 stars (yes, even CoS), and for a more adult book, an example would be The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Sometimes I will gush unapologetically about them, and at others, I’m simply overcome by the joy they give me.
In conclusion, my rating system can seem initially harsh, but the majority of books I read get either 3 or 4 stars, as I like to be positive. As I branch out a bit more, this might change, but I’m hoping to find new favourites along the way!
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