Books are rated on the following criteria:
- Memorable, authentic characters
- Literary style- composition, dialogue, voice, and attitude
- Plot- credibility and significance, pace and structure
- Relevance of events and plausibility of the conclusion
- Subject matter- originality and relevance
- Author’s depth of knowledge
- Method of communication- sentence structure and presentation
- Organization and the logical sequence of data
Stars: I use a rating scale of 1 to 5
- 5 Stars is the highest rating. These books are the treasures I look forward to reading again someday. Superior in all qualities. Unique, enthralling… sometimes even life altering.
- 4 Star books are superior in a combination of most desired qualities but don’t quite reach the highest levels in all criteria. I may read them again.
- 3 Star books are adequate. They may simply be amusing and entertaining like serial murder mysteries and typical romance novels with the predictable happy-ever-after ending. They may be worthy of reading for historical reference. Select audiences may seek them out for the subject matter or read them simply because they merit attention for ingenious literary style. They remain in my library until the space is needed for higher rated books.
- 2 Star books are those never recommended to anyone. The negative qualities far outweigh the positive.
- 1 Star means I found no redeeming qualities. They are torturous to read and in my view, a total waste of time.