Since I started regularly posting, I’ve had a set format for my book reviews including a star-rating system. But one thing I have never done is explained how I decide on how many stars a book gets.

Here’s an explanation of my ratings.


My five rating seems to be really rarely given out lately. For me, a five star book must have:

  • Little to no plot holes
  • Lovable characters
  • A gripping plot


For a four star rated book, it has got to be:

  • Easily readable
  • Enjoyable plot
  • Maybe a few simple issues


To me, a three star is when the plot is beginning to get a bit iffy and problematic. If I have given a book three stars, that means:

  • There were quite a few unlikable characters
  • I struggled to read it
  • I found I liked some parts of the plot


For a two star, the book has to be pretty bad in my opinion. I give a book two stars when it:

  • Has a boring plot
  • All unlikable characters
  • But I still finished it


A one star basically means one thing:

  • I couldn’t finish the book.

Usually that is down to a lot of factors. I try to give this out as rarely as possible.

How do you rate your books? Is it different to me? Let me know!

Join the Conversation


    1. That’s mainly how mine began though, and then I realised the trends in how I was rating them in order to create this list πŸ˜‚


  1. This is such an awesome breakdown! Coming from a writer’s perspective, I have a terrible tendency to give almost exclusively 3 & 4 stars on Goodreads/Amazon reviews–I’m too critical to give many fives, but I empathise too much with fellow authors to give “bad” reviews!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: