Hello everyone! Today I have a fun little book-related post…my new review system and how it works! So strap on your seat belts, here we go!
So, basically, I’ve never liked the 5-Star system. But since that’s all Amazon, Goodreads and Bookbub allow me to use, I’m kinda stuck with it there. But here? I’m gonna start using the good old 10-Star system! This post will cover four things: my Content Meter, my Quality Meter, My Personal Enjoyment Meter, and my 5-Star Converter!
My Content Meter||
This is where I list my personal opinions of a book’s content. Who I would feel comfortable recommending a book to. Please note, the reader age suggestion is just a guide. Some may feel differently about the proper age, or I may change my rating based on the book’s uniqueness. There are only 5 sections to this meter.
5| Completely Clean
100% clean content for all ages
4| Mature Content/Minor Censoring for Young Readers
100% clean content for a reader 16+. A book dealing with topics too hard for a child to handle, but in a clean, moral way (Abortion, the Holocaust, PTSD, Violence, etc.)
3| Mature Content/Mild Censoring for Mature Readers
For readers 18+. It may contain minor swear words/have a storyline that needs to be censored (Romance, Excessive Violence, etc.)
2| Major Censoring
For readers 21+. Contains more serious swear words/storylines that are inappropriate but still have enough good content to be worth the effort of censoring.
This book contains inappropriate scenes that are the bulk of the story/has excessive language/too detailed in acts of violence,/glorifies evil. I would advise no one read this book.
My Quality Meter ||
This meter judges the author’s work according to my personal reading standards.
The book is riddled with typos, with no clear direction or plot in the story. The author basically published their notes.
This book had some potential but needs to be fleshed out and outlined—complete writing overhaul.
3| First Draft
Interesting idea, but no story to grasp. Needs revising and editing.
4| Hard to Follow/Doesn’t Flow
This is a book that has a plot, but only the author can see it. Not enough information is given to keep the readers hooked. Or the writing is too choppy and throws you out of the story.
The story has promise, but there’s excess information that clouds the story from being seen.
6| Needs Polishing
The story is good; it just needs some editing.
A solid story. Could use minor clean up edits.
An amazing story. Minor tune-up and character development.
9| Well Done
No problems and exceeds expectations in setting, characters, and plot.
This author is a genius and takes things above and beyond!
Take Away || 1-5 Not so Great || 6-10 Worth Reading
My Personal Enjoyment Meter ||
This is where I give my rating on how much I enjoyed the story. This is my personal opinion and may not line up with the ratings I give on the other meters. I will, of course, provide an explanation on why it received a particular rating if needed 😉
1| Shakes Head
I stopped/should have stopped reading it.
I didn’t enjoy it at all.
3| Eye Roll
Waste of Time.
Not my cup of tea.
Not good, not bad, not a favorite.
This book was okay. Not bad!
I like this book. It had a good plot, and I would definitely recommend it!
A Good solid book! I enjoyed it!
I couldn’t put it down!
Top Favorite! I may just reread this every year! 😉
My 5-Star Converter ||
This one is simple.
1| 1-2 on my Overall Rating.
2| 3-4 on my Overall Rating.
3| 5-6 on my Overall Rating.
4| 7-8 on my Overall Rating.
5| 9-10 on my Overall Rating.
So, What is an Overall Rating? ||
This is the final score I give the book. Since I don’t know my rates in the other sections, I can’t give you an example, but I will explain the Overall Rating on each book as required!
I hope to reread a few of the books I’ve already read and update their reviews here with the new system as I go!
Just a quick thought: If you were a book, how would God rate you?
Writing Prompt: How do you rate the books you read?
Thanks for stopping by today! God Bless and happy reading!
Christian. American. Southern. Author.
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