All of my book reviews are rated on a five-point scale: one being the worst, five being the best. Sometimes I throw in .5s when I’m not sure which way to go.


For a 5 Star rating, a book has to be 1) one of my all-time favorites or 2) blow me out of the water. And I mean really amaze me. A 5 Star rating is pretty rare.


A 4 Star rating is what I would give most classics. They’re definitely worth reading, you’re definitely going to get something out of them, but at the end of the day, they’re a little too… safe.


A 3 Star rating is average. It means you’re not wasting your time, but you’re not going to have a life-changing moment while reading a 3 Star book.


Two Stars means I can understand why someone might give it a 3 or 4 Star rating, but I take issue with it. Either I think the writing’s not up to par, or I don’t agree with the subject matter, or I just plain don’t think it’s that great.


A 1 Star rating means under no circumstances should you waste your time reading this book. None. End of story.