See, Goodreads, Nook, Amazon, and GoogleBooks all have stars. Unfortunately, the stars mean different things on different sites. And because I have a touch of OCD with these things, I feel that all my stars must match across the sites. Which one is my gold standard? Goodreads. Not only does it closely match what I believe to be representative to my grading standard, but I am not limited by the other sites if the book does not exist there. This is what Goodreads stars mean to me:
GR = did not like it
Karen = I read it, not great or really bad. I won't read it ever again.
GR = it was ok
Karen = it was okay. I won't read again, unless super bored.
GR = liked it
Karen = liked it. I might read again or will finish the series/serial.
GR = really liked it
Karen = really liked it.Will finish series/serial. Re-read high.
GR = loved it
Karen = loved it. Will re-read in future especially if series/serial.
Notice that I don't have a DNF rating? That's because I never 'do not finish'. I have finished every book I've read. Do not doubt me. I can hear your thoughts across cyber space. I give every author a chance to redeem themselves until "The End". Also, refer to my first post on this blog.
I AM A FAST READER. I can do a 300 page book in 4 hours. Now, give me a poor written, bad spelling, editing non-existant book, I'll do a skim read. In the 7th grade, I was already a fast reader. I read all of Agatha Christie with my Mom and she'd quiz me. She is the proof I read and comprehended. (Also L can vouch) Back to 7th grade, I get the chance of an elective. What do I choose for the reading class: Speed Reading. Oh yeah, easy A for me. But, I did learn how to speed read better, more efficiently. There you have it; a speed reading demon. So, back to the former paragraph - Yes, I finish every book.
I do try within the review to do the portion of a star part. Some books I LOVED - they get 5 stars. Some I loved, but not as much as I LOVED so they get a quarter/half/three quarters of a star. The star designation on the sites suck because I can't do that. I guess you'll need to trudge through my reviews then.