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When I approach a book rating, I generally think of a book as starting at five stars. If I get through the book and I really loved it and I didn't see any major issues, it gets a five star rating.
If I read and find that I really enjoyed the book, but there was one thing that threw me off, or many several small things that bugged me, then it'll get four stars.
Three stars go to books that I enjoyed, but [something]. Sometimes it's a pacing or voice issue, sometimes it's a bunch of small issues, etc. But I still consider three stars a good rating and I give books that I enjoyed three stars.
Two stars drifts into "this was okay" territory. These books I didn't outright hate, but I wouldn't say I really liked them, either.
One star is...well...I think everyone knows what one star means.
Anything in between those gets a half star, and I round up when rating on Goodreads (but will say at the top of the review if I actually mean four and a half stars instead of five, for example.
So now I'm curious: how do you approach star ratings when reviewing a book?
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