I enjoy reviewing books because I like to share what I have read with other readers, and also what I liked and didn't like about a novel. I honestly don't like giving grades for books, but I know a lot of readers look for that when reading reviews, so I do feel its important to include them. Maybe I'll get more comfortable about giving grades as I become a more experienced reviewer.
Always keep in mind that book reviews are highly subjective. Sometimes the readers own life experience plays a significant role in how a book works for them, and lets be honest... some of us women can also be emotionally swayed on a book based on what time of the month it is! Sorry, but its a fact of life. ;p
I chose a letter grade system similar to the kind used in most American school systems, simply because I think most people can quickly and easily identify with it.
A+ (5.0 ) A perfect book! Not even one teeny tiny word was out of place in this book. A very rare grade.
A (4.0) Absolutely loved everything about this book... the world building, characters, story line, romance (if applicable). Author was able to stir a wide range of emotions in me while I read. I usually don't want to start reading another book for several days after I read an A book. Very highly recommended.
A- (3.75) Excellent book! Very similar to an 'A' book, but perhaps there were only a few very minor things that kept me from giving it an A.
B+ (3.5) Very good book. Entertaining and satisfying. Maybe just a few things didn't live up to expectations, but I would read this book again and highly recommend it.
B (3.0) Very good book, with few flaws. I would reread certain scenes and recommend this book.
B- (2.75) Overall good book, but something fell short for me. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy this genre or the author.
C+ (2.5) Decent Book, but there was a flaw in either the romance, character development, or story arc throughout most of the book. Would still read the next book if it is in a series, or another book by this author. Would still recommend, but with some reservations.
C (2.0) This book is okay. Several significant flaws in either story arc, the relationships, or it had a disappointing ending. May or may not read the next book if it is in a series, or another book by this author.
C- (1.75) Only one or two good things about this book kept me reading. Maybe I really liked a character or just wanted to find out how the conflict was resolved but I wasn't vested in the world or the characters. Most likely would not read the next book in the series or another book by this author.
D (1.0) Did not like this book at all, but still managed to finish it.
F (0) Did not finish. This is very rare for me.