Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What are Reviews?

This post is part of a series to augment the Book Reviews by D.N.Frost available for free download.

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I only review books I like. If I'm not recommending a book, I'm not going to waste time talking about it. I would definitely watch the movie version of every single book I review.

They're all good books. But most people tend to give everything five stars, which skews the ratings and damages reviewer credibility over time. So this is how I apply star ratings to my book reviews:


Three stars! This is a good story, well-crafted and entertaining.

Three stars is the basement floor, good books that I honestly enjoyed.

These are books that I think other people might like.

I found them fun, interesting, and entertaining, and I want other people to read them.


Five stars! This great story delivered something I've never seen before.

Five stars is the ceiling, reserved for amazing excellence that really blew me away.

These are books I devoured and would read again this year.

I've never seen anything like them, and I was really impressed with the whole experience.


Four stars! This great story revealed something I didn't see coming.

Four stars is the middle ground, great stories that surprised me with engaging twists and turns.

These are books I loved reading.

I would read more by these authors, and I might even sign up for updates.

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Given only three ratings to work with, I wanted to add in some extra layers. My five star rating is pretty rare, so my four star rating covers practically all the great books I've read. Some of them aren't even the genres or subject matter I like best.

So instead of adding layers via half stars (and coming up with new critera for each rating), I settled on using a visual way to differentiate book genres within each rating:

What are Reviews? An introduction ★★★ Good story! I don't tend to read this type of book, but I liked it. A book review by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
Three Copper Stars

Good story!
I don't tend to read
this type of book, but I liked it.

What are Reviews? An introduction ★★★★ Great story! I don't tend to read this type of book, but loved it. A book review by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
Four Silver Stars

Great story!
I don't tend to read
this type of book, but I loved it.

Though I might award the rare five star rating to a book outside of what I would normally read, it felt silly to divide them into two categories.

I want my five star rating to shine on its own, reserved solely for books that I'd heartily recommend to any reader, regardless of subject matter. To preserve this quality of endorsement, I opted against creating a five star variant with silver stars.

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