The “Would I read it again?” book rating system

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?

6 thoughts on “The “Would I read it again?” book rating system”

  1. That is a great way to rate books. I generally do it with the same 5 star rating as Amazon: from 1 (I hate it) to 5 (I love it). I have been thinking about giving up ratings altogether because sometimes I stress too much over the number.

    1. I have a love-hate relationship with ratings. I like how they make filtering out my favorite books super easy, but sometimes I get so stupidly stressed from deciding between a whole star and a half star. Bah!

  2. My rating system is similar to that, roughly! But it’s a very inexact science. I am always looking back at ratings from previous times and feeling that I would give that book a different rating another time. Three stars tends to mean I won’t read it again, and four stars means EITHER that I will read it again and love it or I will forget about it in two months and never think of it again.

    1. Yup, I always want to adjust old ratings for inflation or something.

      Four stars is tricky for me. Four stars means I LOVED THE BOOK but it’s a fleeting love, kinda? I really enjoyed reading it! But I’ll probably forget about it soon, maybe. Unless I reread it, and then it’ll probably either turn into a five star book or go down to three.

  3. Super late response but this is actually a column on my spreadsheet of reading – “WRA?” for Would I Read This Again. I kind of mean it in two ways too. Would I read this book again ever in the future but also, if I was reliving my reading life, would I spend my time with this book again for a first time or would I skip it if I knew better. Most books get a Yes but some get a ? and the rare book gets a No.

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