Book Review Policy

I read a lot of books. When it comes to fiction I mostly read SciFi. But I read a lot of diverse non-fiction, from business books to books on parenting.

I have a few rules for my reviews, they are as follows.

All ratings are out of 5 stars.

I pretty much have to at this point. Since that is the format the everyone uses everywhere.

What my reviews mean

5 Stars - Fantastic! I could read that again right now.
4 Stars - Thoroughly enjoyable. Will probably read again.
3 Stars - I liked it. But it might be one of the weaker ones in the series or maybe I’m just having an off week.

The lowest review I will give is 3 stars.

Mostly because reviewing books is not my job and I won’t finish a book that I’m not enjoying. There are so many other good reads out there, that I don’t have time to waste.

Not every book will get 5 stars.

Maybe it’s because people say that my generation was ruined because everyone got a prize when they were kids. But I also believe that for a rating to have value I can’t give 5 stars to everything.

I think we all have at least one friend who is always raving about this new restaurant and how it’s the best thing ever. But it happens so often that you eventually become immune. I don’t want that to happen.

So my 5-star ratings are few and far between. Actually, looking through my recently finished books on Goodreads it appears I give out a lot of 5-star reviews. Oops. Maybe I’ve just been reading a lot of good books lately.

Most reviews will be 4 and 5 stars.

I reserve the right to change my opinion.

There have been a number of books that I read once and they just didn’t resonate with me. But then I read them again later and something finally clicked. So I might change my opinion. That’s my prerogative.