OverviewI always give my honest and personal opinion about the book from both a reader and a writers point of view. My opinions are not professional, they are subjective.
The StarsI hated it and/or could not even finish it.
It was okay, but not great.
I liked it and enjoyed reading it.
I loved it!
Reserved for my all time favorite books. The ones that I will read over and over and/or changed me in some way.
Other NotesI don't like swearing or explicit content. Books will lose stars for this.
My preferred genre's are Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and some types of Non-Fiction. I am not likely to rate books in genre's I don't like very high.
I like what I like and I can't help that.
My opinion of a series is dependent on the entire series. I still rate each book individually but my feelings are colored by my overall impression of the series. Historically I have awarded an extra star to the first book if I see potential in the first book. However, going forward I will be withholding that star until I finish the series.
I most enjoy reading (and writing) books that are about the characters. I want to care about the character and go on a journey/experience with them.
I have read a lot of fantasy and so I don't often come across plots (or even plot devices) that are unique. However, I don't mind. That is one of the things that I love most about the fantasy genre, that there are so many recognizable elements that are still fresh and new.