You will often see reviews of books and movies on this blog. Here is how I decide how many stars to give each thing I review:
- Five stars: This book was deep, emotionally compelling, and beautiful. Five star ratings are given very sparingly.
- Four stars: This book was very good, with no major complaints. Most books I like will fall here.
- Three and a half stars: This interim rating is for a book that was good and that I enjoyed, but had some complaints about; the issues don’t merit a three-star rating but it doesn’t quite deserve four stars.
- Three stars: This book was good, but there were some issues of quality or content that detracted from the quality. Usually still recommended, but with caution.
- Two stars: This book had potential, but there were enough major issues that I would hesitate to recommend it to someone.
- One star: This book had so many major problems that I was unable to enjoy it. It was a waste of time and I definitely would not recommend it to anyone.
- Five stars: This movie was beautifully done, a masterpiece. It made me very emotional in some way and I would watch it again and again. Once again, a very sparing rating.
- Four stars: This movie was a well-done film with no major complaints. Highly recommended.
- Three stars: This movie was good, but there were some issues or content that made it not as enjoyable.
- Two stars: This movie had potential, but there were several major issues or enough inappropriate content that I don’t really recommend it.
- One star: No potential. This movie had so many major problems that I couldn’t enjoy it. A waste of time and not recommended.