Since we all experience and rate books differently, I thought it would be beneficial to describe the scale I use to rate the books I review. I know we all have different interpretations of these ratings, so here are mine for clarification. For the record, I do not consider a 3-star rating to be bad!
★★★★★ – I LOVED THIS BOOK. One of the best of its genre or the book had a particularly strong impact on me. Memorable. I would recommend to anyone.
★★★★☆ – I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK. Definitely an enjoyable story. Perhaps a few forgivable flaws because the story was compelling, interesting, and/or entertaining enough to overlook. Memorable. I would recommend to most people.
★★★☆☆ – I LIKED THIS BOOK. Good story, but doesn’t rise to the best of its genre. These are often quick, enjoyable reads at the moment, but are not necessarily memorable. I would likely recommend to others.
★★☆☆☆ – THE BOOK WAS JUST OKAY. Story had considerable flaws, and will likely not be memorable. Wouldn’t necessarily recommend to others.
★☆☆☆☆ – I REALLY DISLIKED THIS BOOK. I did not enjoy reading this book. Full of flaws, plot holes, inconceivable situations, etc. The book is memorable for the wrong reasons. I would not recommend this book to anyone.