How I Score Books
I’m using basically the same number rating as Goodreads.com or Amazon.com.
0 is the lowest score and 5 is the highest score.
0 = I hated everything about it, and I wish I had never bothered reading it. I’d tell everyone I knew how bad it was. I don’t think I’ve ever actually read something this bad before.
1 = I didn’t like something major about it, but it wasn’t a total waste of time. I probably wouldn’t read this author again. Not recommended.
2 = It was okay. Nothing especially bad or good. Easily forgettable, in general not recommended unless someone is a real fan of the genre.
3 = I liked it, but I probably wouldn’t read it again. I might check out more from the same author. I’d recommend it to someone if I thought they’d like it more than I did. Example: No Country for Old Men (I just don’t like Cormac McCarthy’s style).
4 = I liked it a lot. I’d recommend it and maybe read it again. I’d read more from the same author. Example: Agatha Christie, Stephen King
5 = I loved it, and I’d recommend it to any fan of the genre. I’d try to convince people to read it even if they weren’t fans of the genre. I’d actively try and read more from the same author. It might have changed my thinking somehow. Examples: Atlas Shrugged, the His Dark Materials trilogy
This is obviously a subjective system. However, I think I can tell when something is just not my thing and when it is poorly written, and I will try to differentiate between the two as necessary.
I count grammar, style, and editing in with my score. It matters to me. If there are only a few errors and they don’t take away from the story, then I don’t make a big deal about it. If the sentences are so ambiguous and the grammar so poor that it’s nigh on unreadable, then it will bring the score down for an otherwise good book. Those conventions are part of writing, and you should care enough about your work to make it consistently readable.
I also use decimals of numbers to indicate when something is almost to the next level.