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How do you rate your stars? For me


One star: DNF pile , I rate DNF one stars as it helps me to avoid this authors in the future

Two stars: I  thought I saw potential in Book to finish but I was fooled and it should have been a DNF after all.

Three stars: The books you can put down and do something else if you want , I sometimes carry on or not with the series it depends on my mood at the time.

Four stars: A page turner , I can tell when I've realised I’ve not looked at the time for quite a bit.

Five stars: Loved the book and could easily read it again straight away when I’ve finished reading it.
« Last Edit: December 19, 2017, 06:53:53 PM by Eclipse »
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1: Waste of my time and money
2: Poor use of time and money
3: Not bad
4: Good, I'd recommend it; I'd probably re-read
5: I'd buy it again; uniquely good
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1: Genuinely, actively bad - these are books I want to call out as bad, rather than just noting they are not for me but might work for others who like what they're doing (those I don't star at all, just DNF)
2: I didn't enjoy it, but it didn't make me angry.
3: I liked some parts of it, but it's not great.
4: I really enjoyed it.
5: AMAAAAAZING.

The difference between four and five stars is totally subjective for me. A five-star book has to make my heart sing. I have to love it, not just admire the author's skill.

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1: Why am I doing this? I'm not into self-punishment, I really should stop reading this now. (DNF)
2: This is boring ... oh that passage was a bit fun, maybe it gets better? Umm no, still boring ... (Possible DNF)
3: What was this book about? Oh yeah, it was abou... no that was the other one ... or was it? Oh whatever, next!
4: This is fun, I'll buy more from this guy.
5: Mind ... blown ...
5: I find my thoughts returning to it long since I read it. Or it made an immediate impact. Or both. (E.g. Moorcock "The dancers at the end of time", Mieville "Perdido Street Station" or for non-SF Perec "Life - a user's manual", Vargas Llosa "La guerra del fin del mundo")
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How about the 3.5 star ;) The guilty pleasure  too embarrassed to recommend  it to friends
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* Generally those who don't have to do it.Politicians and writers spring to mind

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1. Incomprehensible - DNF
2. Boring - DNF
3. Rather watch a movie than pick up the book - but interesting enough that I speed read to find out what happens at the end
4. Fun characters, easy plot to follow, enjoyable story
5. Love the characters, big messy plot - preferably from multiple POVs, that I have to figure out, story that pulls me in so I don't want to do anything but read (eating included) :)

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I seem to classify most of my fantasy books with 4 or 5 stars :o
If I DNF I don't give them any star, or half a star, and a very small number gets 3 stars, a bit "yeah, ok, I don't think I'll re-read it".

Although to be honest, now looking at my classification (at the time of reading), I can think of a couple that if I read now I'd rate them differently.

All this to basically say I'm hopeless at rating ::)
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I seem to classify most of my fantasy books with 4 or 5 stars :o
If I DNF I don't give them any star, or half a star, and a very small number gets 3 stars, a bit "yeah, ok, I don't think I'll re-read it".

Although to be honest, now looking at my classification (at the time of reading), I can think of a couple that if I read now I'd rate them differently.

All this to basically say I'm hopeless at rating ::)


We need a more simple rating system for Bea, I say we just have a three Bea rating  :)

One Bea: I hand this over to my sister, I dont won't it in my home it's been a big let down to me

Two  Bea's : so so, I keep it in my personal library on the bottom shelf until I buy another book from Waterstones

Three Bea's: Can't keep the excitement away and must rave like a loon about how much I enjoyed it on the forum to my friends (see all my Mark Lawrence posts for examples) but I will tell Jmack on Skype but that just an excuse to see a fine hunk of a man in his  daisy dukes.
« Last Edit: December 19, 2017, 06:52:55 PM by Eclipse »
According to some,* heroic deaths are admirable things

* Generally those who don't have to do it.Politicians and writers spring to mind

Jonathan Stroud:Ptolmy's Gate

Offline Yora

When I rate books on goodreads, I mean what the description says. 1 star, did not like it. 3 stars, liked it.

1 star is anything I did not enjoy.
2 stars is that I wish it was better so that I would like it.
3 stars is something that was entertaining, but won't be worth reading again.
4 stars is so good that I might read it again one day.
5 stars is when I'll be gushing about it for years to come.  ;D
« Last Edit: December 19, 2017, 08:08:06 PM by Yora »
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How I rate varies with genre so these are my SFF comments. I rate purely for my own reference and often don't even notice how they rate against average, but after reading check how my friends have rated them and it is often the same or close. I choose what to read mostly on recommendations or reviews from friends anyway.

Only ever given 3 x 1 stars to fantasy books and it was because I personally disliked certain elements and don't want to read that author again, even though many other people liked them.

Nowadays never give below 3 stars as they would be DNF so not worth rating or unfair to rate.

3 stars for books which were OK for me and a pleasant read, but maybe better for different audience of readers, or won't personally read again. Also for a not-so-good book in a long good series.

4 stars for a book I thoroughly enjoyed, happy to recommend and may read again.

5 stars for a book where I loved every word, the language and dialogue was excellent, the characters were fascinating and well drawn, plus the world was carefully planned and either authentic or imaginative. Where I have been re-organising my life to keep reading and hate when it ends. Will re-read quite often in future.
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Re: How do you rate your stars , what does it mean when you give a book a star?
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2017, 01:05:16 PM »
1 Star. No! No no no no no! I usually don't make it this far though. I only rate books I finish.

2 stars. Oh my gosh, I kept reading this thing? I thought it was going to get better...

Three Stars. Easy-read, unoriginal concept, a movie would've been better.

4 Stars. Good stuff. Really good stuff. I like this book and hope to reread it one day.

Five stars. Absolutely amazing.

Amazing is so subjective though.

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Re: How do you rate your stars , what does it mean when you give a book a star?
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2017, 02:23:00 PM »
Bea's post could've been mine. Word for word.  :D

I'll add that I have a shelf called 'six stars' on Goodreads where I put the really extraordinary books.
Pratchett's Nation, Dumas' Count of Monte Christo, Morgenstern's Nightcircus, Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Watterson's The Complete Calvin and Hobbes are there for example.
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Re: How do you rate your stars , what does it mean when you give a book a star?
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2017, 09:06:27 PM »
I personally use Goodreads' descriptions for the stars -- it's the only way I'm able to keep my ratings consistent lol.

1 star: "didn't like it" (My translation: "Blech. Not for me, thanks.")
2 stars: "It was okay" (My translation: "Meh. I didn't dislike it...")
3 stars: "I liked it" (My translation: "Pretty good. Enjoyable, but nothing particularly spectacular.")
4 stars: "I really liked it" (My translation: "Oohh, me likey!! And totally worth re-reading someday.")
5 stars: "It was amazing" (My translation: "OMG THIS. DO LOVE. This is officially a favorite, and I will probably re-read it at least 17 times.")


I also have a Goodreads shelf called "epic-beyond-words" for the series that stand out above even the 5-stars. Those are the ones that leave me feeling stunned/speechless/in awe of their gloriousness, and usually elicit a lengthy book hangover and an inordinate sense of dissatisfaction with whatever poor hapless book I end up reading next. :P
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Re: How do you rate your stars , what does it mean when you give a book a star?
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2017, 10:37:51 PM »
1 star - I actively dislike the author based solely on reading this book and want the world to know it; I want people to forget this exists, which runs counter to a review, hence why I never do it.
2 stars - I think this book is actively bad and don't get why people like it; I think people should avoid this book
3 stars - Alright if forgettable read OR good but severely flawed book; I think people should consider reading it if its their thing
4 stars - Very good, but something didn't quite click, or a few flaws too many; I think people should consider reading it and probably should if its their thing
5 stars - Schweeeeeet. People should read it. Now.

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Re: How do you rate your stars , what does it mean when you give a book a star?
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2017, 06:57:58 PM »
It's a purely emotional system without structure or reason, which fluctuates according to my mood at the exact moment I have to put my finger on one of those 5 options.