How I rate books

As my blog has reviews for (almost) all the books I read, it's only fair to clarify the rating scale I use.

★★★★★ A 5-star rating is reserved for books I intend to revisit. Whether it's a novel idea, genre-defining writing, challenging prose or style, compelling logic, sheer enjoyment, or a mix of these elements, the specifics don't matter. Books that earn this top rating are the ones I (ideally) treasure in both Kindle and print editions.

★★★★☆ Four stars are awarded to books that are nearly perfect but just miss the mark. A book in this category might possess one of the qualities of a 5-star read (as mentioned above), but it doesn't quite transform my life. I'll likely remember the book, but re-reading it might be a bit of a stretch.

★★★☆☆ A book that earns 3 stars is one I consider good. It might not be memorable in the long term, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it while reading. Many of the books that make for great summer reads fall into this category.

★★☆☆☆ Two stars go to books that I managed to finish but had to push myself through. There may have been a moment or two that I appreciated, but those were the rare highlights.

★☆☆☆☆ A single star is given to books with which I had several issues while reading, or that I did not finish (DNF).