How I rate books

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:


Mark Description Frequency
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%