On this blog, I use the same rating system that is employed over on Goodreads – the 5-star rating system, just because it's simple and is universally understood.  And also because I had a hard time keeping my own unique rating system straight in my brain.  Ha!  Note: I do make exceptions to that system because it's not totally perfect for me.

5.5 out of 5 starsFiction: *Mind blown*  I loved this book wholeheartedly and unabashedly.  It had me transfixed from the beginning and gained a seat in my favorite books of all time category which I keep in my head.  At times reading the book, I had to stop and stare at the wall for a moment because I was so blown away.  If a book gets this rating, it changed the way I think about things.  (On Goodreads, these books will be 5-star books, but they will be shelved on my "favorites" shelf.)

Nonfiction: Loved this book and I learned a ton from it.  Normally I read nonfiction to learn about something I have an interest in, and if I came away from it seeing the world differently, that book gets this rating.  A nonfiction with a 10 may not mean I couldn't put it down – though sometimes it does – but I am gonna read it again and I probably proclaimed its amazing-ness to the world (or anyone who would listen).

5 out of 5 starsFiction: Awesome.  I loved this book and will read it again and again.  My bookshelf permanently gained another member.

Nonfiction: Super good book.  I learned a lot from it, would read it again and was overall very satisfied.

4 out of 5 starsFiction: Good book.  I enjoyed it a lot, and would most likely recommend it/read it again.

Nonfiction: Good book.  I am glad I read it, and I learned from it, but might not read it again.  It depends.

3 out of 5 starsFiction: Okay book.  I liked some things but disliked others.  Probably wouldn't recommend and wouldn't reread.

Nonfiction: Okay.  It was fine.  I wasn't super impressed with it, and probably caught myself thinking it was boring at some point.

2 out of 5 starsFiction: I disliked most things about this book.  It wasn't the worst thing I've ever read, but definitely regretted reading it.  I would recommend not reading it.    

Nonfiction: Not for me.  This book was either written in a way that made me feel like I was walking through a muddy field in rainboots #midwestproblem or I just plain lost interest in the topic.  I won't be rereading.

1 out of 5 starsFiction: Totally hated it.

Nonfiction: Blech.  This book felt like I was reading an algebra textbook.  'Nuff said. 

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