Why I don’t rate books 5* or otherwise

The challenge set by


was to define what would merit a 5 star 🌟 review.


I do not give books, films, plays etc numerical scores. So instead this is why I do not give books scores.

It is debatable whether it is my scientific or creative side which makes me against marks out of 10.

1. I don’t do goodreads or anything similar.

2. I was maybe about 8 – 10 years old when I stopped doing rating out of 10. My parents used to ask for ratings out of 10 for days out. I can not remember 3’exact age I was or where we had been but I can remember being in car and saying I was not doing marks out of 10 anymore.

3. My scientific side would not mind the concept so much if there was a solid rating system, like the pH scale. If a 5 meant something specific.

4. My creative side does not want to just reduce a book to a number; I want to explain at greater length about the book.

5. I think is so subjective and I’m not sure I can be objective ( see 3.) It is not just about how good a book, film, play etc is. It is also what kind of mood you are in. Where you are reading like does reading in Sun make a book better?

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5 thoughts on “Why I don’t rate books 5* or otherwise”

  1. I agree with ratings not necessarily being the most useful information – I don’t include them on the reviews on my blog, but I do on Goodreads adn have had a number of authors get upset when I have rated their book three stars, even though in my mind three stars means I liked it and most books are around 3 stars fr me. Sometimes I feel like people just look at the rating and not the actual review!

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