I write book (and film) reviews. Sometimes these reviews don’t in the text accurately portray my enjoyment or overall impression of a piece, so like most review sites, I developed a quick reference rating system. Sometimes a traditionalist and conservative, I chose the time-honored stars.
You can interpret those stars along these lines:
* Well, you know, if there’s nothing else for you to read…. Reading is still a laudable activity. It was horrible; I didn’t like it.
** It was ok, but I still didn’t really enjoy it.
*** I liked it, but I don’t think I’ll read it again any time soon.
**** It was good. I’ll certainly read it again.
***** If I had to pick one book to bring with me to a deserted island, this would be short-listed; I loved it, and I tend to rave about it to people whom I meet. Some of these, I will read constantly, but a well-constructed book (like Perks of Being a Wallflower and Habibi) might push itself into the category, even if I’m not likely to read it every few months. In fact, a well-constructed book might bump itself up a star in any of these categories, or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo would probably be a three-star book.
If you’re searching for a book with a particular rating or higher, you can actually use the search bar at the right of the screen to do so.
Also, starting in 2014, I’ve posted an annual roundup of the best of the best, every book that I’d read in the year that have earned five star ratings.