Changing How I Rate My Books


I’m just really sorry. we’re just not in
the same place right now. no. no. shh. shhhh. it’s not you… it’s me. just kidding you f**cking SUUUUCK! if you have watched my past few wrap-up
videos you might have noticed that I no longer am using the five star rating
system. I have now switched over to grading my book reading experiences. so I
thought I would just making a little video talking about why I did that and now how
I am writing my books. there are a couple of people that inspired this video. I will
link them down below. one was Jashana C, Njeri from onyx pages and I know
that I watched a video in the past of Christeena and Jessica from game of tomes
where they talked about their rating system, as well. I’ve never really been a
huge fan of the five-star rating system, but you know the reason why most of us
do it is because we use Goodreads and that’s how a majority of everyone
conveys to their audience, like, whether you enjoy a book or not. but it’s just so
arbitrary and I was really having a difficult time rating some books that I
read recently and I was just going back and forth. like, is it really a two and a
half star? 3.25? but really what set the trigger off was I was thinking, you know,
like,….? a 3 out of 5 stars? everyone’s like, “that’s not really a bad rating”. I don’t
really think a 3 out of 5 stars is a bad rating, but then I got to thinking. I
beautiful-minded that math. I realized that technically a 3 out of 5 stars is a
60%. that ain’t a great rating, yall! so I just couldn’t justify in my mind a 60%
equating to, you know, “I liked it”. to me a 60% is a failing grade essentially. so
that’s when I decided to actually start grading my books because that, to me,
makes so much more sense. you know whether it’s an ABCD or a flat-out f**cking F. over the past few months I have
intuitively been grading them and I still fall… excuse me, I still have found
that I’m having some difficulties and like, is this really an A or an A+? so I
decided to actually come up with a system which very much mimics the other
videos that I have mentioned and how they have to start decided to rate books.
so I have six…..? anyways I have six categories of things that I will be
checking off during my reading experiences. each category will be a out of 10 points
and then at the end of my reading experience I will be giving a 1 through
10 score on how well I thought that it did and then we just do basic math and
even your big old dumb dumb over here can do. so I add up all those points and
then I divide it by 60 or 50 depending on whether I used the 6. ‘cuse me, the
sixth category and as Jashana mentioned in her video, rating books is
incredibly subjective. so, of course, these categories may be completely different
than what you are looking for in your reading experience. I feel like the
categories are pretty self-explanatory but I’ll talk about a little bit of what
I am looking for in particular. I would just like to interrupt this video real
quick because you’re about to hear me not once, but twice mispronounce the
word flowery. And….a third time as well.
flowery! so the first one is writing style. as I mentioned, I kind of like a
more flowery language, but not too flowery. okay listen, I have a difficult
time visualizing things so when an author is literally only writing and
metaphors. your b*tch is too dumb for that, okay? I can’t think. I can’t visualize.
sometimes I need things to be spelled out exactly for me. I am looking for good
descriptions but not too overly descriptive. just kind of, like, right in
the middle. I’m just a middle-of-the-road writing style kind of gal. next up, we
have plot. and this is pretty basic…0you know, does the plot make sense?
are there any plot holes or plot [conveniences] because I can only deal with so much of that. if there are too many and things
start to feel too contrived. it really takes me out of the story. so that is a
big no-no and also a little subcategory to this one is pacing. is it slow? is it
too fast? is it kind of all over the place? is it too fast and too slow? *sings* too fast,
too furious. I’m too fast for y’all! I am an embarrassment to the establishment and I
don’t apologize! and also I’m looking for authenticity. I know that pretty much
every story in the existence of my life draws upon something else, but when it
just doesn’t feel like its been loved and cared for and then you planted the idea
and you allowed it to take root and organically grow. and then we have
characters. some of the questions that I’m going to be asking myself are
“do these actually feel like real people?”, “do they have any type of growth during
this story?”, ” how are their relationships with other people?”, “are there any
conflicts that this character has to go through?”, “does this character have any
flaws?”. and then we have world building. which for me kind of goes along with
writing style. most importantly does this sh*t make sense to me? if I realize that I’m
having to reread passages every chapter or so just for things to really make
sense… we got problems. also can I visualize said world? this is really
important for me because it really takes a specific type of writing and tone and
finesse, in my opinion, to help me visualize a world because I’m a big ole
dumb-dumb and if things aren’t spelled out exactly for me I have a difficult
time. and once again is this world authentic? obviously, if I am reading a
world that is very Asian-inspired and that’s written by a white person and has
very stereotypical themes and characters in it… it’s not gonna be very authentic,
clearly! number five: enjoyment .did I enjoy it?
pretty f**cking simple. the last one is a little bit more tricky and may not be applied
to every book that I read and that is is intent and the impact of said book. but
what exactly is the purpose of this book? and what it was this intent? and its
original target audience? for example, I just read a middle grade book and I
didn’t love it but I still rated it pretty high on its intent because, of
course, I am not its target audience and it didn’t really hit home with me, but I
could imagine a middle schooler reading this and really identifying with it
and really loving it and enjoying the plot twists and things that went along
with it. impact is a little bit more tricky. as I mentioned before because not
all books are going to have a impact on you. but for those books that I am
looking for in particular, I would ask questions like ” does this challenge
societal norms”, ” does this mean something to me?”,
“does it involve any type of representation?” and most importantly “will
I remember this book?” and this might involve me changing some of my gradings
but we shall see the longer that I am doing this system. that is it for now. I’m
going to go forward with this rating system. now I did go back to the books
that I was intuitively grading and realized I’m pretty spot-on with my
grading. so that’s awesome. if I kind of get lazy and don’t feel
like doing the system, I think I can still get that ??? UGH, words are hard!
get that point across. anyways, let me know down below if you enjoyed this
video and how you rate your books but until next time byyye!!

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16 thoughts on “Changing How I Rate My Books”

  1. Tome Infinity says:

    I am totally working on building out a better rating system also!! Haven't finalized it yet lol πŸ’œ

  2. Read Love Listen says:

    I love the rating system that you came up with. I’ve been trying to come up with one because I feel weird that I keep giving books 4 stars and feel like some books are better than five stars. Yes, I get tired of flowery language, plot holes. I’ve noticed that I also judge if I can see a book as a tv or film adaption.

  3. Maija Reads says:

    I was about to comment that I don't know how the A-F rating system goes, because my country doesn't use it, I only know that A is the best and F is the worst… but then I realized it OBVS just GOES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, go me.

  4. Books Rebound says:

    I get what you mean but while 60% might be a failure on a test but as far as books go it feels to me like 3β˜… is like okay, acceptable, GOOD/almost good. Definitely not great and also definitely not BAD. Idk. It's weird. I also struggle with rating because I don't know if I should rate on enjoyment or objectivity. Because books just flat out aren't objective, but at the same time rating a well written books 2 stars because I didn't like it feels wrong to me. I'm not at all consistent. Sometimes on Goodreads I'll rate a 3.5β˜… differently either rounding up to 4 or down to 3 depending on how I feel. I should really just choose one and stick with it.

    Like I read the His Dark Materials sequel last week and I have no idea what to rate it. I don't know if it's a 2β˜…, 2.5β˜… or maybe even up to a 3.5β˜…. It technically the second best Pullman books I've read but that's only because rereading the series it turns out I HATE books 2 and 3 of HDM (they are literally sooo bad upon rereading.) So the sequel The Secret Commonwealth was better than the preview two but also I think Pullman is just a bad writer. He needs to be focused but instead he had too many ideas that he tries to cram into one story to the point that nothing makes sense and his books don't have any internal logic. Things just… happen while being only loooooosely related. I can't really decide a rating so given all this, what do you think I should give it lol? I'm gonna try your system.

    1. 7
    2. 4
    3. 7
    4. 9
    5. 3
    6. 1

    So 31/6=51%

  5. Jashana C says:

    HaHaHa omg I love you. "Pssst, Bear… what's the word I'm looking for??"

    I dig this system!

  6. Books Rebound says:

    Imma say it once and Imma say it again, one of the BEST books I've read in quite some time is The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding. Like guys it's so damn good, please watch Reads with Kesara's video reviewing. I got her to read it and she loved it. It's one of the tightest books I've read in ages meaning that there's only what NEEDS to be there. Theres no over long or rushed parts. The plot and pace is timed perfectly. The world building is done very organically but you're not being bombarded with information like in Malazan. But the part where it stands out the most is the characterization. The character work is sooo good. I've been meaning to record a review about this book for a while now because I NEED more people to read it lol. The character work is soo well done that in chapter 52 we get this side character Keel finally reuniting with his wife (they have a passionate but fiery marriage where they argue and then he goes off to fight for a few months) and fairly young son (who Keel has just learned is very sick) and oh my god the way Chris Wooding wrote that character work made me surprisngly emotional. It's the mark of a great author.

  7. Donna Tsundoku says:

    I love Jashana and how she rated her books. I need to switch mine up so this video was super helpful! new sub πŸ™‚

  8. ohbthr says:

    I still use a star rating for my own notes but I don't talk about them in my videos cause I don't think they're super useful. I also feel like a lot of people rate books way too highly?? Like they'll spend a minute talking about all the problems of it and then be like "I gave it four stars!" Like….. What?

  9. ONYX Pages πŸ“šπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ή says:

    Awesome! I love it when we think more carefully and critically about how we read books. I look forward to seeing how you feel once you start using the system on a more regular basis. I will give this video an A+! LOL

  10. The Book Finch says:

    Interestingly in Finland universities use a grading system of 1-5 in numerical, so I've always been more in tune with that sort of thinking. Elementary schools use a grading system of 4-10 which is basically the same. πŸ˜€

  11. Stephs Romance Book Talk says:

    I get this and enjoyed it but that is way too much math for me, lol. Your explanation are HILARIOUS. I just did a similar video explaining my meanings behind my ratings and steam fans.

  12. That's So Poe says:

    This sounds great! It gets you to think about the aspects of a book you care about and break it down, but also allows you to grade intuitively when you find you're not up to going through the longer process. It's important to have that fall-back since sometimes life gets crazy and you need to lower the roadblocks. Are you planning to talk through the grading you give to each section when you review, or just the overall grade?

  13. emmy rose says:

    this rating system is super interesting. love that for you!!

  14. emmy rose says:

    im just a peasant who will prolly use the 5 star rating system till the end of time.
    or 10 star system if we're talking movies/tv shows.

  15. Life Is A Page Turner says:

    I love it. I love all of it. This is great. I kind of like the math and the categories. I used to do each thing categorically but I was so bad at doing reviews and that’s why I switched to trying to do 2 minute reviews.

    In short. You’re amazing.

  16. Julianna Akuchie says:

    Sure, books are great but….. DOGGO!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I like this rating idea.

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