I’m thinking about starting to rate books based on the “would I read it again” system. Would I spend time reading this book again, knowing that I could be reading a different, new-to-me book? And furthermore, would I tell other people to read it, too?
★★★★★ would read again, will tell everyone about it and push it on people so they’ll read it, too.
★★★★ will tell people about it but won’t necessarily read it again, necessarily.
★★★ might tell people about it, if they ask. Probably won’t reread it.
★★ definitely won’t read again, will tell people I HATED it.
★ wasted my time and should’ve given up on it sooner. Bummer.
Obvious flaws: series books make it all wonkadoodle, because I usually end up rereading them anyway so I don’t forget important plot points; books by favorite authors get reread despite “low” ratings (see: Diana Wynne Jones); pushes my personal time’s value above anything else, including societal merit (or something) (I don’t actually rate books for societal merit anyway).
I’ve read two 5 star books and one 4 star so far this year, so I may be riding high off the awesome. But I really like this way of rating books and I’m gonna try it out for a while.
How do you rate your books?