My Book Review Rating System

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Welcome to Book Vagabond or if you have already been here then thanks for returning 😊

FYI, this is a longer post than I originally intended it to be. So, if you are only interested in the ratings then scroll down a little and skip this next part although I hope you do read what I have to share.

As Book Vagabond is new to the book blogging world and I am relatively new myself I wanted to make a post about my book rating system and how I rate the books I’m reviewing.

Before I get into it I do want to take a quick moment to explain how I understand book reviewers and what I believe my role as a book reviewer is.

To me a book reviewer and a book critic are not the same thing. A critic is there to pull the book apart and to deeply analyse all the in’s and out’s of the story. A reviewer on the other hand is there to help put the book in the right hands. I’m here to help you as a reader find the ideal book for you. A book you will enjoy and maybe even recommend to those around you. That being said there is one critical element to getting the right book to the right reader and that is a connection between reviewer and reader. If you happen to enjoying the same books as I do then you can rest assured that if I say a book is a 3, 4 or 5 star then you are pretty much guaranteed to enjoy he book also. However the opposite is also true. If you don’t really enjoy the books I do or don’t even enjoy scifi, fantasy or horror then even if I give a book a full 5 stars you most likely won’t enjoy the book.

We are all different and we all enjoy different things and that’s totally fine and again that is why I’m writing this post. To define my rating system and explain how I as a reviewer approach reviewing books.

Now, it’s nothing groundbreaking and I use the much loved 5 star ⭐️ system but I believe that everyone uses the system slightly differently so here is how I use the system…

⭐️ = Just no. This is as good as a DNF in my eyes. A one star rating is something I’m yet to give out. I believe that a one star wouldn’t have even been published yet alone make it’s way into my hands.

⭐️⭐️ = I would not recommend. There are glaring plot holes, characters are all over the place, little world building etc. This is a book that is hard to read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ = An enjoyable read that I liked. If you happen to be looking for a book and you find this one then pick it up. You’ll enjoy it. Nicely rounded characters in a good setting. The plot is enjoyable and makes sense.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = I liked this book a lot. A 4 star book is a must read for fans of the genre. Add this book to your TBR (To Be Read) pile as you will not be let down. Characters are strong and well thought through. The world is fascinating and has me wanting to explore more. The plot is engaging and has me experiencing the highs and lows along with the characters.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = I loved this book and I highly recommend. A 5 star is a ‘rush to the shop NOW and buy this book’ type of book. You will hear me talk about a 5 star book a lot and most likely get a little ‘fanboy’ on my Twitter feed 😅 A 5 star books has all of the elements of a 4 star but also hit me in the feels and has me emotionally connected to the characters. That part is key to a 5 star. I NEED to be emotionally involved with the characters.

I hope that has cleared up some questions you have and if it hasn’t then feel free to fire them questions over to me either by commenting below 👇👇 or sending me a DM on Twitter. I will always endeavour to answer your questions 🤓

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Till next time, stay safe and be kind 😊

Professional Reader

8 thoughts on “My Book Review Rating System

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      1. I think in the end, we’re all just expressing an opinion, no matter what criteria we base it on. So yes, it is probably more about establishing a rapport with readers, so that they trust my reviews for telling them the good, and the bad about a book. And a star rating just doesn’t do it, when all is said and done.

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      2. Yeah a connection with the readers is definitely key in my opinion. I hope my audience can trust my opinions and recommendations and I hope that came across correctly in my post.


  1. I wish WordPress would stop unfollowing blogs that I know I’m already following! I’ve followed your blog 379 times this week alone I think 😂 Great post Dean, I should do one like this. In fact, I think I will. I’ll tag you when I do 😉

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    1. That certainly is a pain and I’m very thankful that you continue to follow me! 😊

      Thanks for saying so. I thought it would be good to highlight exactly how I carry out ratings. I know there is a lot of uncertainty regarding 3 star ratings so I definitely wanted to put across that for me 3 stars is a good rating and not bad.

      Please do tag me. I’d love to read your post.

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