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How I Rate Books

I’m uncomfortable with the 1-5 star rating system, and I’m extra super uncomfortable with the letter grading system.

I don’t like the way these systems often masquerade as an objective evaluation of a book’s quality or worth. If I try to evaluate a book on a scale, I inevitably end up trying to compare it to others. If Ancillary Justice is a 5, what is Gods of Jade and Shadow?

I can’t do it.

For the purposes of my blog, I’ll tell you if I either liked a book or loved it. I haven’t felt compelled to review any books I didn’t like yet. I’ll find a way to deal with them as the need arises.

On Amazon and Goodreads, where star ratings influence a book’s ranking and visibility, books I like get 4 stars. Books I love get 5.