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The Ratings


22 Jan 09 — Ratings will be determined at the end of the year.  See this post for details/explanation.  Sensuality ratings remain unchanged.

Effective January 2008, reviews will include a star rating and sensuality rating (if applicable). A side-project for 2008 will be to update 2007 reviews with these ratings. I’m still experimenting with a violence rating system.


I’m incorporating the Living Library/Castaway designations from the The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Lifeby Steve Leveen because I still use the Bookography Journal off-line.

Five Stars (5 stars) – Loved It! Definitely a keeper! Likely to be re-read! This book really grabbed/spoke to/excited me! Living Library, all the way! Not likely to give away or swap. Get your own copy!

Four Stars (4 stars) – Really Liked It A Lot! Great read! May keep it, may give it away/swap. Living Library, either way.

Three Stars (3 stars) – Enjoyable Read. Held my interest. Felt I got my money’s worth. Most books will probably fall into this category. Living Library, because I feel it’s still recommendable. Give away/swap.

Two Stars (2 stars) – Just OK. Finished the book. Had some enjoyable moments. Book was hard to get into and/or hold my interest. Just wasn’t to my taste. Definite give away/swap. Border line Living Library/Castaway, depending on the reason the book didn’t appeal to me. This will also determine if I read anything else buy the author.

One Star (1 star) – Finished it, but wished I hadn’t. Book may have had potential (3 or 2 star level), but failed to pay off in the end. This rating will definitely have an impact on whether or not I read the author again. Castaway. Give away/swap.

DNF: Did Not Finish. Could not make myself finish reading it. Castaway, not doubt about it. Definitely headed for the UBS. Likely never to read the author again.

Sensuality Ratings

I’m using the All About Romance sensuality system. If I’m lucky, there will be a review of the book and I don’t have to figure out if it’s warm or hot. One person’s warm is another person’s burning, you know? My apologies in advance, if I fail to get it right. 🙂 Here’s a list of their categories. See their site for in depth descriptions.

Kisses – Kissing only. Well, maybe some hand holding. Maybe some sighing, too. 😉

Subtle – Nothing explicit.

Warm – Moderately explicit.

Hot – Very explicit

Burning – Extremely explicit.

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