It has occurred to me that after reviewing 52 books, I hadn’t yet taken the time to explain my rating scale. Indeed, at the end of every review, I give a score that ranges from:

  • πŸ‘πŸ‘ From BEST
  • πŸ‘ … to
  • πŸ‘Ž …
  • πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž WORST

Let’s go more in detail about what each rating generally means to me:

  • Two thumbs down (πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž) is something I would tell you to avoid. To me, it didn’t feel worth the time investment at all.
  • One thumb down (πŸ‘Ž) is a good book that, as much as I wish I could recommend it to someone, there is probably another book I would recommend above it.
  • One thumb up (πŸ‘) is something I would feel safe recommending to most people.
  • Two thumbs up (πŸ‘πŸ‘) is something I couldn’t recommend enough. It deeply connected with me as a reader, and I think the world would be a better place if more people checked it out.

There is also a special rating you might see in some of my older reviews:

  • Still thinking about it (πŸ€”), for some reason I didn’t feel comfortable giving a rating. That usually isn’t a good sign, though. πŸ˜…
  • I wrote this (πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ), in case I ever realize my dream of publishing a book.

I hope that clears things up!