Book Rating Scale

My Rating Scale

Below I have outlined my own rating scale. My reviews are simply my opinions and my thoughts on a particular book right after I finish reading them.  My opinions and how I rate books have evolved over time.  Not everyone will agree with my reviews, and that’s okay.


1 cupNOT MY CUP OF COFFEE  I didn’t like it but I managed to finish it. This book and had several issues with it. There wasn’t anything about the book that I enjoyed.

2 cupI MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS  There may have been a few moments that I liked. This rating is often reserved for books that are lacking in some areas—writing, characterization, and/or plot lines. But there may have been some moments of enjoyment for me.

3 cupIT WAS GOOD!  I didn’t love it and I didn’t dislike it.  There maybe have been a few things that bothered me while reading this book and it may have been slow in parts. I would still recommend this book; it just wasn’t a favorite of mine.

3.5 cup IT WAS PRETTY GOOD!!!  This book keep keep me interested and I did enjoy it. There still was a few flaws that needed polishing up. But I could put up with the flaws. I would recommend this book.

4 cupI WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER – I really liked it. Some moments I may have even loved.  There may have been a few things that I felt could be improved upon.  Or there may be nothing wrong with the book, it just didn’t blow me away.  I will actively recommend this book. Go read this book!

4.5 cup

I DID PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER – This book was a really enjoyable read. It was not quite perfect but almost so. I would recommend this book to most people and think most people would really enjoy this book. This book will no disappoint the reader. Go read this book for sure!!!

5 CupIT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! –  This book was absolutely breathtaking. I LOVED it. The characters were memorable and had distinct voices. The plot line of this book held my attention and was unique, and the pacing was fantastic. The author’s writing style is another reason for the high rating. I love reading books with a consistent, lyrical writing style that flows well. These books often stay with me for a long time.  After finishing, I can’t stop thinking about it. I often reread this book multiple times. Highly Recommended!

Top Pick

TOP PICK – Are life-changing books. These are books have made a real impact on me and I will talking about them long into the future. Highly Recommended with out a doubt!!!

I will not rate a book that I shelf as “did not finish.” I don’t believe it’s fair to put a rating on books I didn’t read from beginning to end. But so far I have never not finished a book.

*NOTE ON RATINGS:  I do consider a 3-star rating a positive review. I am very picky about which books I will give 5 stars.  Since I don’t have a higher rating than 5 stars, I reserve that rating for the books that I find absolutely spectacular and that moved me.