My Book Review Rating System Explained

My Book Review Rating System Explained

After reading BookSteff’s Post explaining her own book review rating system I was inspired to go into more detail about my own. I have a small breakdown on my Goodreads profile bio but I’d like to go into more extensive detail about what I consider for each rating.

⭐ – One Star Rating

I really did not enjoy this book at all. 

I am yet to review a one star read but for me to give a book one star I must REALLY hate it. One star ratings are for books I cannot find a single thing to like about. Most likely DNF’d because I disliked it that much. For me, one star is for books I would want to rate no stars if I could. You guys get the gist.

⭐⭐ – Two Star Rating

I did not like this book, but…

Two stars is less negative but still not great. It’s pretty close to a one star with some exceptions. A two star read is one I didn’t like but there are a few small positives that I can find in it. While those positives aren’t enough to change my opinion on the book, I still like to give credit where it is due.

⭐⭐⭐ – Three Star Rating

I liked this book but…

Three stars is good. If I give a book three stars I liked it but I didn’t love it. There are still a few things about a three star read that could be improved for me but they are usually minor annoyances with subjective things. Such as, pacing, connection with characters, storyline. These are things that are different for everyone and cannot be objectively bad per-say but I just didn’t like how it was on that particular occasion.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Four Star Rating

I loved like this book, but…

If I give a book four stars I loved it! Four star reads are books I thoroughly enjoyed and have very little fault with. Again, probably subjective things. I usually give a book four stars if there was one, maybe two, things that held me back from giving it the full five star rating.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Five Star Rating

I loved everything about this book.

Five star ratings are for books I am OBSESSED with. Books I couldn’t put down because I was so enthralled in the story and the characters. Books I feel sad because I didn’t want them to end. These are books I can’t stop raving about and recommend everyone to read. These tend to be reads where I feel a strong connection to one or more characters, where the story has me invested and never bored or uninterested.

What about if you’re unsure?

Some of you might be wondering about mid-ratings. Like 3.5 stars for example. I tend to have formed a strong enough idea of how I feel about a book by the end and it usually sits within one of the above. A lot of review sites like Amazon and Goodreads don’t allow for half stars either so it’s just easier if I stick rigidly to the system I have.

If you would like to read some of my book reviews you can do so here.

I hope you guys found this post informative! What is your book review rating system like? Let’s compare in the comments!


  1. 23rd May 2019 / 12:16 PM

    Great post, Dominique. I think I might do one like this, but my criteria is very similar to yours! I rarely give one-star ratings (maybe I’m too generous!), but I do use half stars.

    • Dominique
      23rd May 2019 / 12:46 PM

      Thanks Stephen! You should do it!

  2. 23rd May 2019 / 2:36 PM

    I’m happy to see so much more thought and conversation around why people are starring books and how they are starring books.. I haven’t written anything up. I was going to but every time I tried it just frustrated me. It got to a point when I realized the frustration was between me and the system itself. In education you had a rubric. And if I tried to do that here the whole thing would have gotten out of control so I dropped it altogether. But that is my personal decision and preference. I know not everyone is going to like that idea and some will bash me for it and that is fine. But right now I’m definitely more comfortable with it. I probably should have at least said something to the effect but if I had waited for the ability to put it in words… beyond a paragraph like this… it never would have happened. But no matter what everyone decides to do and how they do it I think it is fantastic that everyone’s personal philosophy is becoming more tangible. Well done!

    • Dominique
      23rd May 2019 / 3:12 PM

      Everyone thinks differently so I get that different people will see rating or the whole idea of rating itself very differently! You do you love!

  3. 23rd May 2019 / 3:17 PM

    I appreciate that and wish more people had that view ! I completely agree with you

  4. 23rd May 2019 / 4:10 PM

    This is such a great idea! Like you, I have a mini one in my GR profile, I should probably do a more in-depth one 🙂

    • Dominique
      23rd May 2019 / 4:29 PM

      Do it! it was actually quite fun to write

  5. 25th May 2019 / 12:41 AM

    I am all about those midrange ratings. Why can’t we get a sliding scale on GR?! My feelings are 3 = good, 4 = great, 5 = amazing! and I really don’t assign any lower, because I DNF, when I am not enjoying a book, and I don’ like to rate books I did not finish.

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