But what happens if I have to use a rating system? Goodreads requires a rating of 1-5 stars, as does LibraryThing. I happen to use both (and you should totally come find me by following the links), so what do I do?
Well, I rate the books, obviously. But why does, say, Grave Mercy get five stars, while Before I Fall gets "only" four?
I'm so glad you asked! Here is my general rationale.
|You... are... so... byoo-tee-full... to meeeeee|
|Is it just me, or does this hand look weirder the longer you look at it?|
|It's a meme, y'all. No freaking out about my grammar.|
|Just shoot me now.|
|Gosh, I love this show.|
Obviously, these are not rigid rules. There's some fluidity between the levels, and I often change my opinion on a book after a few months. Shatter Me, which managed three stars, is one such example. I can't get that freaking book out of my head. The rating I give only reflects how I feel about a book at the moment that I review it, not how I'll feel about the book for all time.
So now you know. Now come join me in the comments section and tell me how YOU rate books. Also, feel free to "discuss" my Goodreads ratings. I love a lively discussion!