Update: My current, updated scale is on a separate Book Reviews Scale page.
I'm thinking of a new scale for my book reviews. I don't like the idea of a stars rating system, as stars depend on my mood and how much I don't want to do grade inflation on any given day. Which is to say, very very few books would get five stars, and I wouldn't be able to finish a one star book, leaving me with two to four stars, and eh, maybe another rating system would be better.
I'm thinking of a rating system with better descriptions. Something like:
|burn||Burn any copy you find of this book, it is horrific.|
|mock||This book is awful. Don't read this book and mock anyone you see reading this book.|
|don't||Don't read this book.|
|desert||If you're on a desert island and are bored out of your mind, this book is okay to read.|
|fan||If you're a fan of this author / genre, this book is worth reading.|
|worth||This book is worth reading.|
|amazing||OMG, this book is amazing and/or life-changing, let me buy you a copy.|
I have a few amazing books, ones that I recommend frequently and read over and over again. I have a large number of books that I just... can't... finish.... Very few, however, have I actively given up on. I've put down I think 2 books ever. Helps to be able to read around 500 words a minute when I really don't care about the content of a book beyond the basic plot / ideas. Still, recognizing that some books suck and aren't worth the time and ARE worth putting down is an important lesson to learn.