So a large part of this blog is going to be book reviews (and film and shows), and reviews naturally have a rating at the end. I don’t tend to put much stock in the rating itself because it’s just so subjective – everyone has different ideas about what each star represents. The review itself is way more important, and a far better indication of whether you think you’ll enjoy the book, BUT I still put ratings at the end anyway. So for minimal confusion I’ve created this page to give some ideas as to what I mean by each score. It’s for books but the system itself will be the same for any media I review. I still recommend that you don’t worry about the ratings of books so much, and read the summary and review to better see if it’s to your taste. The most important thing to remember is that reviews, especially for things like books, are so so so subjective. Just because I awarded a book 2/5 doesn’t mean you can’t pick it up and love it. Similarly, there are books that I really enjoy that my friends absolutely hate. Use reviews as general guides but if you think a book looks interesting go and pick it up, regardless of what the reviewer said about it. You might be surprised. Hope it helps!

5/5 – It was amazing; it has become one of my favourite books; I will definitely reread; I will definitely buy this (if I read it as a library book); I didn’t want this book to end.

4/5 – I really liked this book; I would probably read this book again; it might not make it into my all time favourites but I really enjoyed it and am glad I read it.

3/5 – I liked it well enough; I might consider reading it again but on the other hand there are plenty of others that I’d pick up first; there wasn’t necessarily anything groundbreaking or remarkable about it, but equally there was nothing terrible about it; alternatively, the book was fine but it just wasn’t for me/wasn’t to my taste/wasn’t what I thought it would be.

2/5 – It was okay but nothing special; I wouldn’t read this book again; it wasn’t my cup of tea; it wasn’t completely terrible but it wasn’t very good either.

1/5 – I didn’t like this book; I wouldn’t read this again; there’s a strong chance I finished this book purely because I have a completion complex and not because I actually wanted to finish it.