How I rate books is pretty simple–with stars, just like Goodreads.
1 star ☆: I absolutely hated this book. If I rate a book 1 star, it is one of my least favorite books ever.
2 stars ☆☆: I really, really dislike this book. There were few parts, if any, that I actually enjoyed, and usually there isn’t much difference between a book I rate one star and a book I rate two stars.
3 stars ☆☆☆: I enjoyed this book, but I have a love-hate relationship with it. I was annoyed with some parts of the book. Usually books I give three stars are my guilty pleasure reads.
4 stars ☆☆☆☆: This book was wonderful! I enjoyed almost all of it. If I give a book four stars instead of five, it is because I was annoyed with parts of the story and it wasn’t perfect.
5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆: I LOVED this book! I had fun reading it, and if I give a book 5 stars, it might even be my favorite.
Just because I rate a book 5 stars does not mean it is a favorite. I will specifically state that a book is my favorite, and in that case, I think it deserves over 5 stars.
You’re probably wondering why a book I give 5 stars is not necessarily my favorite. This is the reason: books I truly, undeniably, fell in love with–books that will forever and always remain in my heart–in my opinion deserve 6 stars ☆☆☆☆☆☆. On Goodreads I shelve these books as “all-time-favorites,” and you can check that out here.
Note: many of the books I review or rate–if not all–probably have half stars, but it depends on each book so I will not go into detail of that here.