What My Book Ratings Mean

I’ve been using GoodReads for quite a few years now, to record what I read and connect with friends who read. As I strive to move my personal content to be primarily hosted on my own site (and maybe syndicated in other places), it is time to move my little summary of how I think about my book ratings onto here.

I first wrote this summary of “what my book ratings mean” around 2015. It has proven surprisingly accurate and hasn’t needed to change over the years.

I tend to be a forgiving reader. I can find something worthwhile in almost any writing, and I struggle to ever abandon a book without finishing it.

With that in mind, here is how I think about my star ratings for books:

Stars Meaning
I couldn’t finish reading this.
⭐⭐ I do not recommend this.
⭐⭐⭐ Fun or interesting enough, but likely forgettable.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ That was pretty good. Recommended.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Outstanding. Might read again. Highly recommended.
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