Good morning, and welcome to another Sunday in lockdown. I hope everyone is doing well, and not going too stir crazy. Perhaps you have found that you are reading more than ever before with your additional free time, or maybe you are struggling to focus. Both are perfectly fine; these are unprecedented times. Something that has been on my mind during this time is my system for rating books.
As a book reviewer, I think it is important for me to have a consistent way of rating the books that I read. The problem with my previous system is that it was not consistent by any means. I realised this when I found that I was giving five stars to books that perhaps didn’t deserve it based on one or two factors, while deducting stars from other books for slightly trivial reasons. While I do stand by most of the ratings that I have given in the past, it is now time for a change.
Because I love nothing more than to research a topic, I have of course been looking at how others rate books and taking note. This is when I came across Book Roast’s video on YouTube which details her book rating system. You can view that video here. This is perhaps the most detailed system that I have seen, and I will be using it from now on, with one caveat: I will use hearts instead of stars. This blog is The Love of Books after all; hearts just feel appropriate.
The Book Roast’s rating system, called CAWPILE, involves giving a book a score from 1-10 on seven factors. The factors are:
Each topic is given a score:
You then add up the seven different scores (one for each topic), and divide the result by 7 to get an overall rating of between 1 and 10 for the book. This number is used to determine the rating of the book:
I love this system for rating books, and I can’t wait to start using it. I hope this system shows that books which are given a rating of less than five hearts are still great reads.
I would love to know your thoughts on book rating systems in the comments below! What system do you use, if you have one?