How do my ratings work?

If you’ve looked at a few reviews on my site, you may have noticed I don’t use star ratings. That’s mostly because not everyone agrees on what makes, say, a three star book. Instead, I give you a suggestion for what to do if you see this book in the wild or are thinking about reading. The suggestions are as follows:

Burn it with fire

Or some variant. These are for books I really didn’t like. The closest equivalent would be one-star, but I feel I need to make a distinction between advising you to just not waste your time with a book and fuelling my rage at it into a blog post. Hence: burn it with fire.

Skip it

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. There may have been a few redeeming bits, but I just think there are better things you can do with your time than read this book. Like clean your house. Or go for a walk. Or watch Peaky Blinders on Netflix. (It’s so good.) Or read a better book.

It’s up to you

I use this for books where I’m really split on whether or not to advise you to read it. By it’s up to you, I’m assuming you’ve read the synopsis and my review and can make an informed decision on whether or not it sounds like your thing. These books could be either ones to skip or ones to borrow depending on personal preference.

Borrow it

Books I enjoyed and think are worth reading but, considering that bookshelf space and money are tragically finite, not going to be the sort of books that I need to own in order to re-read over and over.

Buy it

These are the books I’m going to read over and over. I’m in love with the characters. I was swept up by the settings. I stayed up all night reading. I just want to devour them all over again.

I may make slight variants on these verdicts on a case-by-case basis (see: this review). They will usually be either adaptations of buy it or burn it with fire changed to make you understand just how strong my feelz are. Apart from that, though, my verdicts will fit constantly within one of these five categories.