How I rate books.
I felt this deserved a short explanation.
I use marks, like the IMDb system (7 – 8 – 9 – 10), with half marks as well (7.5 – 8.5 – 9.5).
But since I am a bit picky about which books I read, and do extensive internet research in making my to-be-read list, I trained myself to avoid stuff that really doesn’t seem interesting.
This means that an average book in my to-be-read list gets an 8. I admire books a great deal and if I am happy to have read a book, I give it an 8 because I chose the book for standing out in the first place. Lower than an 8 means that I was a bit disappointed.
The table then looks like this. The percentages don’t add up but they are averages:
|10||Unique, defines a whole genre for decades or centuries.||2%|
|9.5||I am floored, staring in silence at this book.||5%|
|9||Now this is something really special. I am totally impressed and I can’t get over how good this is.||10%|
|8.5||This is more than good. This has some special flavor, but I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece.||30%|
|8||Average satisfying book. I am happy to have read it.||30%|
|7.5||A bit disappointing. It could have been more.||10%|
|7||This was a chore to get through but I wanted to have read it.||5%|
|6.5||I couldn’t finish it.||2%|