How I Rate Books

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I wanted to take a moment to explain my rating system to everyone. First, I use a system created by Book Roast called CAWPILE. It is a rating system she created that breaks down your rating into 7 categories (Character, Atmosphere, Writing, Plot, Intrigue, Logic, and Enjoyment). I have found it helps me really focus on what I liked about the book and provide a reasoning behind why I’ve rated the book that way – I always seem to need reasoning lol.

Here is the link to Book Roast’s video explaining her rating system and a link in her comments where you can get a copy of the spreadsheet she uses.

Here’s a breakdown of each rating to give you a general idea of what each rating means to me.

Rating Categories from 1-10

When I’m considering my individual score for the book this is how I view them…

0-3 = Really bad
4-6 = Mediocre
7-9 = Really Good
10 = Outstanding

1 Star

A book that receives a one star is very rare for me. It usually means I really disliked (even hated) the book. I found that I had to force myself to finish it. This could mean I was bored or I found it problematic.

To get a 1 star rating, the CAWPILE range is 1.1-2.2

2 Stars

A book that receives two stars is typically a book that I didn’t really like. I found it to be pretty underwhelming or I didn’t enjoy it. It could have been boring, but not enough to compel me to DNF it. It would be unlikely for me to continue a series if the book received a 2 star.

To get a 2 star, the CAWPILE range is 2.3-4.5.

3 Star

A 3 star book to me is a good book. I never consider a 3 star to be a bad book. A 3 star, I enjoyed, but didn’t love. I would consider it to be average (at the lowest) or really good (at the highest). I would likely continue on with a series if the first book got a 3 star.

A 3 star CAWPILE range is 4.6-6.9.

4 Stars

A four star rating is my most common rating. A four star means I loved the book! But it also means there was just a little something missing.

The CAWPILE range for a 4 star is 7-8.9.

5 Star

To get a 5 star is relatively rare – but more likely than a 1 star (if I’m being honest). This means I absolutely loved the book and you cannot tell me anything to change my mind. It is a book I will likely reread over and over. This book is near (if not) perfect.

To get a five star, the CAWPILE range is 9-10.