How do I rate books?

When it comes to rating books, everyone has their own criteria and it can be confusing to understand how good a reviewer actually thinks a book is. Some people may think 3 stars is pretty good, while others consider it poor. Additionally, some reviewers may give out 5 stars more readily than others.When rating a book, I take several factors into consideration, such as:

🖊 The writing style of the author

🖊 The originality and uniqueness of the story

🖊 The predictability of the plot

🖊 How memorable the book is

 🖊 Whether it evokes any emotions from me

🖊 My satisfaction with the direction the plot takes

🖊 The development of the characters

🖊 The accuracy of any facts or historical data

🖊 If it's a sequel, how it compares to other books in the series

🖊 How long it takes me to read and how gripping the book was

🖊 Whether it meets the general expectations for its genre

🖊 Whether the book has a good moral message

I use a 5-star rating scale, with increments of 1. After finishing a book, I ask myself if I would recommend it to someone. If the answer is yes, I start rating it at 3 stars or higher. If the answer is no, I start with 1 or 2 stars. I may also give half-stars if a book falls between two ratings, and I can't justify it as one or the other. Here's my breakdown of each rating:

  • ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️This book was amazing and can be counted among my favorite books. I give books 5-star reviews when they blow me away and I can't stop thinking or talking about them.
  • ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ : This book was great and I would highly recommend it to others. I give a book 4 stars when it was really good, but didn't quite reach the 5-star category.
  • ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ : This book was decent. There were flaws, but there was also enjoyment factor. I tend to give a book 3 stars if I liked it but didn't love it.
  • ⭐️ ⭐️: This book wasn't great. It had some redeeming qualities, but overall I didn't love it.
  • ⭐️: This book was a struggle to get through or I did not finish it. I didn't enjoy reading it.