Rating Policy

Rating books is not an easy feat. You cannot just carelessly rate them; may it be in goodreads, twitter or on your blog. It affects how the book is perceived by other readers one way or another. And for me it is sensible to also take in the effort made by the author writing the book. As much as possible I don’t want to trash any. It may not be an awesome read for me, but it might be amazing for you.

In here, I adapted the criteria of Paul Goat Allen in critiquing books, as they resonate to what I’m looking for in them. I just added a few others I look for in a reading material.

Here it goes:

  1. Message
  2. Originality
  3. Character Depth
  4. Storyline
  5. Readability
  6. Narration (if audiobook)
  7. Entertainment Value

I will then get the average of these criteria to rate it in stars, from 1 to 5 stars. Where:

★ is equal to 1 star

☆ is equal to a half star

I then decide or approximate it’s overall rating for me in goodreads, a 3.5 can either be a 3 star or a 4 star read based on how much I enjoyed the book.

How do you rate your books?

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