For most things on the site, ♥ indicates a personal favorite. For books specifically, it indicates something I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone.
Also, I made a rating scale for books. It’s a 10-point ordinal scale, where 10 is the best and 0 is the worst. It’s mostly just to help me remember what I’ve enjoyed and to give me a consistent, clear scale to reference.
|10 =||Flawless. A masterwork that actually permanently changed my point of view on something. Defines a genre/canon or introduces entirely new ideas.|
|9 =||Amazing. A favorite book that's a highlight of the genre. Left me thinking or emotional for days. The type of book I pulled an all-nighter to read.|
|8 =||Great. Extremely fun or moving to read. Made me think. Writing/style/world was on point. Couldn't put it down. Memorable.|
|7 =||Good. Enjoyed reading it even if it didn't stir my emotions or make me think too hard. Time well-spent.|
|6 =||Okay. There were some good bits even if they were hard to find. No regrets about reading it.|
|5 =||Mediocre. Not good or bad, just meh. Wouldn't recommend it and will likely forget about it.|
|4 =||Bad. Minor regret that I wasted time reading it. Any good ideas are buried by the bad.|
|3 =||Awful. I finished but it was a complete slog. No new ideas here.|
|2 =||Painful. Big regrets about the time I wasted. Poorly executed, unoriginal, or trying way too hard.|
|1 =||Unbearable. Didn't finish the book. Made a good effort but couldn't get more than a few chapters in.|
|0 =||No. Didn't finish and never will. I will remember this book forever for how bad it was.|