I’ve been thinking about doing this for quite a while, and it’s only after finishing A Darker Shade of Magic that I’ve decided to finally go for it. I’ve seen other bloggers use a number rating system, rather than stars, and I quite like the idea of being able to dig deeper into stories and fine-tune my ratings. I often give two books the same star rating, when I actually feel quite differently about them, but not different enough to award one more stars than the other.
With a numbering system of 1-10, I can now rate my books more honestly, and I’m hoping this system will make more sense to my readers. In the past, I’ve reviewed books in a series and said things like “I enjoyed this even better than the last book,” but I’ve rated them with the same star rating, which really doesn’t make any sense! I’m frustrated by this inconsistency, and I think the 1-10 system is going to work much better for me.
So for now, here’s what those numbers will mean for a book:
The Best. Book. Ever. One of my all-time favorites.
Nearly the Best. Book. Ever. With one or two very minor flaws.
8/10: I loved it and highly recommend it. But I did have a few issues with something in the story.
7/10: A really good book. Probably has some small problems with the writing and pacing.
6/10: I enjoyed parts of it, but it had lots of issues for me.
5/10: This book has potential, but it just wasn’t executed very well.
4/10 and below: I probably won’t have many of these ratings. For me, anything under 5/10 would be the equivalent of a one- or two-star rating. Either a DNF or a book with so many problems I don’t know how I’m going to review it.
I anticipate most of my reads will fall into the 7-10 range, because I do try to choose books very carefully. My first review using this system will be posted tomorrow, and after you read my review of A Darker Shade of Magic, I think you’ll understand why I’ve decided to do this.
And how will I translate these ratings to Amazon and Goodreads, you ask? Well, for now at least, I’m thinking of 9-10 as five-star books, 7-8 as four stars, 6 as three stars, and 5 and below as 1-2 stars. (And I rarely give out those ratings anyway.)
I know everyone’s rating system is slightly different. I’d love to hear what you think! Do you use stars? Or do you use numbers? Or do you just write a review and not give it a rating at all?