Rating System

I have never liked the star rating system, so I’m going to adopt a simpler rating system that is based on the one Kirkus Reviews uses but is more in line with the theme/title of my blog – Tessa Talks Books. All ratings are talk related and are as follows:

Rave – enthusiastically recommend. I loved it and could talk endlessly about it! (Goodreads rating 4-5)

Mention – the book is well-written, and I liked it – I just didn’t LOVE it. I can happily chat about it just not with any depth. (Goodreads rating 3-4)

Awkward Silence – the book was not my cup of tea. The book probably contains some of the following: overwritten, forced dialogue, underdeveloped characters, grammatical errors that impede reading, etc… (Goodreads rating 1-2). If the book is a blog tour book and falls under this rating, I won’t put this rating on the review…there will be silence 🤫 Blog tour books are usually the only ones I post even if I found these problems.

Note: A 4-star Rave rating is different from a 4-star Mention rating by the degree of how much I liked or loved the book. The same distinction holds true for a 3-star Awkward Silence rating and a 3-star Mention rating.

I also post my Goodreads’ Rating along with my own little system since this is a more universally understood system.