How I Rate Books

Rating books is subjective. There isn’t really a right or wrong way, but there are some topics to consider when rating a book. Here are some of the questions I ask myself to help me determine my rating:

  • Did the plot match the summary or teaser?
  • Did this book resonate me?
  • What did I think of the characters?
  • What were my favorite parts of the novel?
  • What were my least favorite parts? Why?
  • Was the book overall entertaining?

As for the actual rating, I usually base my rating from the standard 1 to 5 stars. I don’t do half star reviews as you can’t leave half star reviews on GoodReads or Amazon. Personally, I don’t find them to be very helpful either.

Down below is my rating scale I go by.

Do you agree with how I rate books? How do you rate books your read? Share in the comments below!

Review: Watching You

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Publication Date: 12/26/18
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 3/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.

Review: This is the second book from Lisa Jewell that I have read. I had high expectations on this novel since I loved Then She Was Gone. Lisa Jewell’s newest thriller follows a group of neighbors who live in this nice posh little area, but something isn’t right. The head school teacher, Tom Fitzwilliam, is loved and adored by everyone, but there are a few people who question his character. Overall, this was a mediocre book. The plot was intriguing, however, I wasn’t a fan of the writing style. The first half of the book was extremely slow. Some of the characters were outright irritating and I didn’t really care to know more about them. The ending was pretty good even though I felt like it was a bit predictable. I wouldn’t recommend reading this novel as there are so many other great thrillers out there.

20 Awesome Bookish Gift Items

With the holidays around the corner, it’s a great time to start thinking about what gifts to get to the special people in your life. Maybe you’ve decided that you want to get your awesome friend or loved one a book, that’s great!

Buying a book as a gift is always a thoughtful idea. But maybe you’re thinking that’s not enough or you don’t only want to give books. In that case, you may want to consider doing a book package or a book gift basket. These packages or baskets are so fun to put together for your recipient. Down below are a few items to add to your gift basket or package. Happy gifting!

  1. Bookmarks or magnetic page markers
  2. Book lights
  3. Book sleeves or kindle cover
  4. Candles
  5. Enamel pins
  6. Candy
  7. Snacks
  8. Mug
  9. Tea or coffee
  10. Notebook
  11. Tote
  12. Funko pop book character collectibles
  13. Book ends
  14. Socks
  15. Blanket
  16. Throw pillows
  17. Scarves
  18. Tanks or tees with bookish quotes
  19. Jewelry with bookish quotes
  20. Poster with bookish quotes

What do you love to add to book packages or book gift baskets? Share in the comments below!