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Rating Scales for Book Reviews

Okay, so I mentioned yesterday that I thought I needed to come up with a ratings scale for book reviews.  I read a lot. Especially now that I have my new Kindle Fire.  I also read a lot to my kids.  As my Mom used to say, my kids have more books than Carter’s has pills.  I have no idea who Carter was, or what kind of pills he had, but apparently, it mattered.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about it, and I think my rating scale on MY books should look like this…

1 star- Really?  THIS was published?
2 stars- I just wasn’t that into it.
3 stars- Worth a trip to the library to check it out.
4 stars- LOVED this book.  Worth spending money on.
5 stars- It CHANGED me.  I’d give this one as a gift.

For the kids books?  I’m thinking something like this…

1 star- Not worth the paper it’s printed on.
2 stars- Meh, it was okay.
3 stars- Cute and/or fun.  The kids liked it.  Great library book.
4 stars- Promotes learning and we all liked it.  Add this to your personal library or give as a gift!
5 stars- A fast favorite.  Makes a great gift for any child.


I’d love your input.  Do you write book reviews?  How do you rate them?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I think this would be great!

  2. Great scales! I like it.

  3. this is so helpful. I never rated books because I was so unsure.

  4. April Decheine says:

    I need to do more rating, I like your system!

  5. Can’t wait to see your 5 star reviews!!!!

  6. Sounds perfect!

  7. This is great! I’m really looking forward to reading your reviews because I’ve been reading on my Kindle a ton.

  8. I used to write book reviews but they started to take the joy out of it for me because of deadlines. I wanted to just read to read, so I had to stop. I think your scale sounds just right.

    • Yah. As for kids books, I will be reviewing what we have on our shelves. With the books for me, I am using NetGalley, and I like the way they are set up.

  9. I think your rating system should reflect you & this does perfectly!!

  10. This rating system sounds perfect!