10 Star Rating System for Book Reviews

Why The Reviewers use a 10 star rating system for our book reviews

A lot of review sites appear to use a 5 star rating system but in our opinion this isn’t really good enough for book reviews and is why we use a 10 star system.

Let’s 1st look at a 5 star system and base it on;

  1. – Poor
  2. – OK
  3. – Good
  4. – Very Good
  5. – Excellent

From what I have seen of book reviews an awful lot of people give 5 star ratings of books they have read so assume they think they are excellent.

The problem is, if I was to ask a number people who had given 10 plus 5 star ratings what their favourite book is they would probably name 1 or 2 out of that 10, so how do they distinguish the truly excellent book from the other excellent books?

With the 10 star rating system 9 stars is Excellent, which still allows 9.5 stars for the truly Excellent and 10 reserved for that really rare book you come across that you would consider in the top 2 or 3 of books you have ever read.

Let’s now look at a 10 star system and base it on;

  1. – Very Poor
  2. – Poor
  3. – Mediocre
  4. – OK
  5. – Good
  6. – Better thanGood
  7. – Very Good
  8. – Extremely Good
  9. – Excellent
  10. – Within the top 2 or 3 books you have ever read

Basically if you are used to a 5 star rating compare the below

5 Star System 10 Star System
Would have scored 1: Poor Score 1 or 2: Very poor or poor
Would have scored 2: OK Score 3 or 4: Mediocre or OK
Would have scored 3: Good Score 5 or 6: Good or better than good
Would have scored 4: Very Good Score 7 or 8: Very or Extremely Good
Would have scored 5: Excellent Score 9 (Saving 10 for THE book)

The main reason for using a 10 star system is we feel that far too many 5 star ratings are given in book reviews and once people have given a 5 star rating where do they go from there when they read what they consider to be the greatest book they have ever read?

Note: we also allow half star ratings so if you read that truly excellent book but it’s not the greatest book you have ever read you can always give it a 9.5 rating.



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