Every week there's a question, and this time it's:
Do you use a rating system for your books, and if so, what is it and why?
I use a rating system of smilies (they're so much more friendly than stars, because stars are pointy and therefore dangerous), just a simple 1 through 5. I've been considering switching to one of those percent ones, but I think a 1 through 5 is better. With a 1-5, you can use the whole scale (like a 2-star book), but I've never seen someone with a 1-100 give a 40% except for really bad books. (This is also why some people think there should be a better scale for letter grades in public schools so that teachers can use the entire scale and don't have to put "fluff" questions in tests to make sure most people get higher than 50%, instead of just the hard ones. But anyway.) My scale is roughly this:
5 stars: The kind of book that you keep thinking about over the next few days, one that's really memorable and you can safely call a favorite. I try to give this out sparingly.
4 stars: The kind of book that you really liked but didn't touch you quite as much as a 5-star one.
3 stars: The kind of book you liked but could have been better in some areas, and isn't very memorable.
2 stars: The kind of book that's okay but not something you quite liked.
1 star: The kind of book that was so bad you couldn't even finish / you had to drag out over a much longer time than usual.
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