People have asked me how I rate the books I review; I’ve decided to answer that question today.
First, I don’t use just stars; I use something that would go with the book. So a book about a football player will most likely have footballs as a rating, about a boxer could have boxing gloves and a story that takes place in winter would probably have snowflakes; regardless of the objects I use though, the rating scale is the same with 5 being the highest and 1 the lowest.
Here are the details:
5 = Loved it/Adore it/I’m about to build a shrine for the author and to start lighting a candle in their honor every day
4.5 = Really liked/enjoyed it
4 = I liked it
3.5 = I liked it, but…
3 = It was okay
2.5 = It was okay, but
2 = This needs work
1.5 = This needs a lot of work
1 = I’m only giving it a 1 because I have to give it something/How was this book even published?!
Other things about my rating system:
- I fall for characters more than I fall for plot. If you have an average plot, but make me adore your characters, I’d give your book 4.5 or even 5, but if you have a good plot and average (“Meh!” *shrugs*) characters, you’ll probably get 4 or 4.5 at best.
- Just because I’ve given books the same rating, it doesn’t mean I’ve enjoyed them the same. A book that I loved and a book that I’m absolutely obsessed with will both score 5/5 with me.
- Typos are a pet peeve with me, but I’ve accepted that they are pretty much inevitable, especially for indie authors who are just starting out and can’t afford an experienced editor. That’s why I’d ignore the occasional typo, especially in an ARC which could undergo some more editing before publication. However, constant typos are not okay and I will lower the rating with 0.5 or even 1 if your book has them. Again, I have lower expectations for ARCs than for the final, published product, but if your ARC has not gone through a proofread and basic edits, I’d suggest you don’t send it out to bloggers and other reviewers.
That pretty much sums it up. If you have any questions, leave a comment; if you’d like to submit your ARC for review, you can do so here.
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