When I write book reviews, I’ll usually rate books out of 5 stars.
I realise a lot of people really dislike this method of rating, as there are so many variables in a book that it’s not particularly fair or clear to narrow it down to stars.
For me, the star rating is a measure of how much I enjoyed the book rather than how good I think it is (although that factor will obviously influence my enjoyment.)
That said, my rating a book 2 stars doesn’t mean it’s a bad book; it just means I wasn’t feeling it so much.
This is the Goodreads explanation of the star rating; this is what I usually go by.
1 star – didn’t like it
2 stars – it was ok
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing!
I won’t review books I’ve rated 1 or 2 stars, just because it gets a bit negative and no-one wants their book reflected in that light. I’d hate to put someone who might have enjoyed something off reading it.