I have been reviewing books now for almost two years, and for that time I have been using five star ratings. I have found them to often fall short, not giving a clear enough picture of what I thought about the book. I have been looking for a better way to rate them, that leaves more possibilities open and more gradations. I have decided to move to a letter grade rating system. Letter grades have more options with +/- ! The first review to have this new rating will be Olde School by Selah Janel tomorrow!
This is how it is going to work:
A+ This book is perfection. I loved it. I want to marry it. I would change absolutely nothing.
A This is an excellent book. I really, really liked it. Hurrah!
A- This is a great book. I really liked it. There was one or two things I might change.
B+ This is a very good book. I liked it. There were a couple of things I might change, but overall it was very good.
B This is a pretty good book. There were a few things I’d change, but it was an enjoyable read!
B- This is a good book. There were more than a few things I’d change, but not bad!
C+ This book was okay. There were things I’d change, but I didn’t hate it. It had its moments.
C This is an okay book. It wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t great. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t memorable. There were things I’d change.
C- This is an okay book. It wasn’t great. For the most part I didn’t like it. There were a lot of things I would change.
D+ This book was almost okay. But, it wasn’t. I didn’t really like it.
D I did not like this book. It wasn’t a complete failure, but it was pretty close.
D- This book… I don’t even know why I finished it. Don’t bother with this one. Seriously. It makes for a nice coaster, though.
F This book is a soul-sucking monstrosity. Don’t even look in its general direction. You will lose faith in humanity.
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.