I’ve been reviewing books for a while now and giving scores out of five for each one on an ad-hoc basis depending on how I felt about the book. As I now seem to be reviewing a lot more books I decided that I needed to put a defined assessment structure in place.
Therefore, until such time as I decide something better suits, I will use the following criteria:-
- 1 star = Terrible – couldn’t finish the book. Do not recommend to anyone (on Amazon = I hate it)
2 stars = Poor – the storyline may have been good, but there were factors that spoilt the enjoyment of reading the book. Factors could be: the style of writing; the quality of the writing or things such as gratuitous sex or violence. Book only recommended to readers who can tolerate these. (on Amazon = I don’t like it)
3 stars = Average – a good book with a good story. Well written and enjoyable to read. Recommended to readers of the genre. (on Amazon = it’s ok)
4 stars = Very good – An extremely enjoyable read, well written and with an engaging storyline. Nothing off putting and highly recommended. (on Amazon = I like it)
5 stars = Excellent – a book so well written that it compels you to just keep on reading. The storyline loses you completely into another world. Nothing else matters but reading the book. The highest recommendation a book can get. (on Amazon = I love it)
I may also go back and re-grade some of the books I have previously reviewed to bring them in to line with these criterion, over a period of time of course.