Time is a precious commodity.
Whether you are a student, a working single, a working parent, or even when you are retired like I am, there never seems to be enough time to do the things you really enjoy – like reading.
So it is that I want to explain my rating system.
I’ve had emails asking me why I rate many books with high scores. It has been suggested that book bloggers score books highly to get more digital ARCs! These comments are hurtful. If I rate a book with a high score it is because I chose the title thinking I would like it and I REALLY enjoyed reading it. The time I spent reading it was enjoyable.
Fictionophile’s Rating System
Reading time that I treasured. Absolutely just the right book for me at the right time. A book I’d highly recommend.
Reading time well spent. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
Reading time not begrudged. This book had many good points, but it was not entirely to my taste. I would recommend this book with a few reservations.
Reading time wasted. This book was not to my taste and I would not recommend it.
Reading time I’ll never get back. I probably did not finish this book. Ugh!
Of course, occasionally I give a title half stars. You’ll just have to figure my feelings for those are somewhere between the stars above.
STARS mean different things on different sites. Goodreads star ratings don’t mean quite the same thing as Amazon ratings. NetGalley stars don’t mean the same thing as Goodreads stars, and so on, and so on.
All bookbloggers know that it is hard to rate books that are vastly different. For instance a prize-winning work of literary or classic fiction is hard to compare to the latest cozy mystery or best-selling romantic suspense.
It is for that reason that I try to rate by genre.
You cannot compare apples and oranges, so why would you compare romances to thrillers?
I compare thrillers with other thrillers that I’ve read and enjoyed and rate accordingly. I compare historical fiction to other works of historical fiction that I have read and enjoyed and rate accordingly. Cozy mysteries with other cozy mysteries. And so on, and so on….
If a cozy mystery gets a 5 star rating from me, it means that for a cozy mystery it is absolutely top notch. It does not mean that I think it is as good as award-winning literary fiction, only that for its own genre, it excels, and is an example of the best the genre has to offer.