In keeping with my awesome (albeit slightly morbid, to some) forensics/crime scene blog theme, my rating system is based on blood droplets!
So how do I do my ratings?
If a book ends up rating five drops from me, it is amazing. It is one of my favorites, I will read it again (and probably again, and again, and again), and I will recommend it to anyone who will listen. This probably won’t be a rare rating for me, but it does take a special and well-written book to get this. Books/series that fall under this category off the top of my head are: Harry Potter, Outlander, many Nora Roberts, all the Dresden Files, and all the Iron Druid Chronicles (consider this my recommendation for any of the above).
This is probably going to be a fairly common rating. This is a book that I enjoyed and would recommend. I may reread it sometime in the future, but it is not something I would constantly revisit because I fell so in love with the characters and the story. I’m not particularly judgemental when it comes to books, so if I enjoyed it enough to read all the way through and have no major complaints, it will probably get this rating.
Another rating that will probably be seen a lot. A book that I finished, but I feel fairly ambivalent about. I probably wouldn’t recommend it, but I wouldn’t NOT recommend it, either. If someone were to ask me my opinion on whether they should read it, I’d give a shrug and an “Ehhh…”. I don’t regret buying or reading it, but I feel as though I could have probably spent that time doing something else.
I probably finished it, but I didn’t feel great about it. This is a book that I read and tried my hardest not to skim through. It didn’t having any glaring issues, but I couldn’t connect with it in any way and wish I hadn’t spent my money on it instead of borrowing it from a library. Would not recommend.
This is a book that I had to physically shove myself through, and only did that because I was trying to review it. I wouldn’t say I hated it, but I wouldn’t recommend it to ANYONE and would probably go on rants about all of the issues I had with it upon being asked.
The only thing separating one drop and no drops is I literally hated the book so much that I couldn’t finish it. Obviously I couldn’t recommend it, but something in this book pissed me off so badly that I couldn’t handle it anymore. This is my version of DNF, and I will completely outline all of my problems that caused me to not be able to read through to the end.