my read shelf:
I read a lot, but I seldom post reviews. I think it’s time to change that. I have recently posted my profile on Goodreads. You can choose to read my reviews on Goodreads, or you can also read them here on my blog.
Most book reviews go by a five-star rating system. This is the system I will use.
Five-Star Rating – A good book has a lot of important elements. But all those elements can be summed up into a story that is immersible, engaging, and entertaining. If I find a book I can’t put down and one I must think really hard just to find something that could be improved, then I am likely to give the book a five-star rating.
Four-Star Rating – A book given four stars is still a book I find immersible, engaging, and entertaining, but it has one or more things about it that could use improvement. Areas of improvement could include character development, story flow, predictability, and, yes, even grammar and punctuation errors. Nothing pulls me out of a story more than a mess of grammar errors.
Three-Star Rating – A book given three stars is still a book I find entertaining but perhaps not as engaging. It will also have more areas that could be improved.
Two- and One-Star Rating – I will not post a review of a book I felt was a two-star rating or below. As an author, I know how devastating a bad review can be. I also think that the quality of a work of art is subjective. What I might find boring may be considered interesting by someone else. If you see the list of books I’ve read on Goodreads and they have no rating, it’s either because I haven’t gotten to rate them yet (which is most likely) or I was not inspired to review them.