The other day I was talking with a fellow book club member and I mentioned I really liked the last book choice. Her reply was, (correct me if I'm wrong) "I know, I read your blog, but you only gave it a 7.5?" It was a valid point and made me reconsider for a moment. However, I still agree with my rating. It does seem confusing so I figured it was time to lay down the explanations for my ratings of books so you have some reference into the weird rating scale I understand completely in my mind.
If I give a book a rating of......
Less than 1 = means I feel I wasted my time and life reading it. I kind of want to burn the book and possibly the person who suggested I read it.
1 = I'm not sure how this book even got published. The subject matter didn't interest me and I could barely finish it.
2 = Boring. Blah blah blah. I don't care about the characters and I am anxiously awaiting the end.
3 = This book could've been worse but some part of it saved it from being a total waste of time. I kind of dreaded reading it each time I picked it up.
4 = I see slight potential in it but there is a serious aspect that keeps me from caring much about it.
5 = Meh. I'm neutral on this book. It kept me turning pages but I kind of wish I'd been reading something else the whole time.
6 = I obviously liked some part of this book because I kept turning the pages and I finished it, but I'm not sure I'd tell anyone else to read it.
7 = While this was a good book and I enjoyed it, I will easily forget it when I'm done. I'm still glad I read it though.
8 = I enjoyed this book. If someone asks me for recommendations I would tell them about this book.
9 = I really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested throughout. Cleverly written and organized. It stayed with me even though I put it down.
10 = I loved this book. I thought about it when I wasn't reading it. I stayed up too late at night turning pages. I feel the need to tell others about it. I might even read it again. I will google to learn more about the author and other subjects brought up in the book.
Above a 10 = All of the aspects of a 10, plus if this book were a person I would want to marry it. I want to memorize it word for word and quote it to people constantly. I neglect personal hygiene to stay cozy a few more minutes to read its pages. I would also like to stalk the author and get inside their brain and live there forever. Congratulations (posthumously) J.D. Salinger and Ayn Rand. I think you are the only 2 to achieve this goal....so far.
Now you will better understand my ratings, and I will try to link back to this list from now on when I do my ratings. I also usually rate a group of 4 or 5 books at a time, so sadly if I just read an 11, the other books will pale in comparison no matter how much I liked them. It might be unfair, but so is life.