🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 | I’m not a literary critic, just a humble bookworm, so I’m pretty liberal with four and five star ratings. For a five star rating, I’ll usually have raced though the book, having it pretty much surgically attached to my wrist for the duration of the reading. Chores and sleep will also be sorely neglected during this time. Friends and family members will then have said book aggressively pressed into their hands, with a half-mad, weirdly angry command: “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS.”
🌟🌟🌟🌟 | A four star rating is still an excellent book. Great story line, relateable characters, etc. All the trappings of a five-star book, just lacking a lot of the WOW factor that makes a five-star. Would still happily read again, and recommend to friends.
🌟🌟🌟 | Three star books usually involved a lot of skimming. Long, wordy description of a single tree leaf, or four pages of inner monologue that could easily be cut to two sentence… basically, if my reading experience is more than 30% glaze-eyed skimming, it’s getting three stars.
🌟🌟 | Very close to being a DNF. Made it to the end, but it was an ordeal. Probably punctuated many questions of “why”, “why me”, and “why am I doing this to myself”. Either bad, boring, or littered with TSTL (too stupid to live) characters. Will probably become a cult classic in 15-20 years.
🌟 | For a book to get a lowly, lonely, single 🌟, it has to be pretty darn bad. Most of the time it’s a DNF (I do make it a point to make it to at least 50% before DNFing). If I did finish with a one-star, there’s a good chance it was an angry, hate-fuled race to the end.