My 5 star review breakdown
Deciding how to rate a book is difficult. What criteria should I use? Looking it up online a lot of people go for how much they enjoyed the book. This method doesn’t work for me. My goal is to improve my writing through reading a ton of different books. With that in mind, I created my own criteria which I will now explain.
- Thought provoking
- Overall enjoyment
Each one can be given zero, a half or a full star. Which naturally means it is out of 5 stars altogether.
Next, I ask myself some questions under each heading.
- Are they believable?
- Do they have a decent arc throughout the story?
- Are there any loose ends?
- If I dislike a character, am I supposed to dislike them or are they badly written?
- What are the settings like?
- Do I believe them?
- Am I sucked into the world or is it jarring?
- Are there any descriptions?
- And what are they like?
- Is it based on historical events, loosely or otherwise?
- How’s the plot? Beginning, middle and end?
- What’s the pace like?
- Do I understand where it’s going?
- How did I react to the twists?
- Did everything tie up at the end?
- Am I thinking about it throughout my day?
- Am I researching subjects that came up?
- Does it randomly pop into my head?
- Would I recommend it to someone else?
- Will I read more books by this author?
- Was it a satisfying read?
- Will I read it again?
Even with these rules laid out, my reviews are all taken from my point of view and my opinions. This is a small disclaimer, just because I didn’t like a book doesn’t mean you won’t like it. I already know that I don’t like big long winded descriptions and a story that doesn’t really go anywhere because of this a vast majority of the classics, I don’t like.
If you disagree with any of my reviews, please do not hesitate to tell me. I love to hear from other people’s perspectives, and maybe you can give me that one piece of information that will make that book click in a completely different way.