So the rate at which I’ve been able to finish a book is improving to about one novel a month. I’m pretty happy about that considering my one-year-old will literally pull a book out of my hands.
Anyway, book reviews are popular and useful to both reader and writer so I like to do them, however short and sweet they often come out. I’ve mostly avoided a rating system because… I dunno… I don’t like numbers? But they’re pretty useful as well, for quick reference. So because it’s fun and because I can, I’ve come up with my own:
The Paws System
Largely based on the star system, books will get a rating out of five wolf paws. 🐾
Why I am really writing this post is to clarify what each star represents to me. Because I think it’s different for every critic.
Zero Paws – this rating is reserved for books I can’t or don’t want to finish. Usually I’m just bored with the story. However, this is also reserved for books that I do manage to finish but are horrible and problematic. See, Fifty Shades of Grey
One Paw 🐾 – Not Very Good. I managed to finish this book or I got at least half way through it but I didn’t enjoy it. Maybe the writing sucked or it was cliche. It varies. See, Twilight
Two Paws 🐾🐾 – Okay. This book is nothing special but I was highly entertained by it at least. I wouldn’t keep it and I wouldn’t re-read it. Below average. Mediocre. See, The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
Three Paws 🐾🐾🐾- Good. An average kind of book. I would recommend to someone else. Other people may like it more than me based on individual taste and interest. I might keep it and I might re-read it and I would probably give the other books in the series a chance. See, The Fault in our Stars
Four Paws 🐾🐾🐾🐾 – Great. Well-written and interesting and unique. MOST books that I read go in this rating. I would keep; I would recommend; I would re-read. Probably some of my favorite series. See, The Mercy Thompson Series, The Dresden Files, Wolves of Mercy Falls
Five Paws 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 – Amazing. These are truly unforgettable books. See, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, All the Light We Cannot See
This system applies to adult/young adult fiction. Non fiction and children’s picture books would be rated on different criteria.