Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?My review system is kind of... complicated. I use a rating system, but not your typical 1-5 stars system. Because I love to see what exactly makes a book work (or not work) I look at ten different elements of a book and give each one a 1-10 rating. I look at
RECOMMENDABILITY (ie. how strongly or widely would I recommend this one?)
FANGIRLY (ie. how much did I personally love this book?)
I strive to make every facet of my review (except for the "fangirly" portion) as objective as possible, partly because I feel this is how reviews should be and completely subjective reviews annoy me, but also because I think that's the best way to help readers decide if they would like a book or not. What's important to me in a book (characters, voice, relationships, setting) might not be the most important features to other readers and that's one of the things I really love about books and reading: not only can two people disagree on a book, but they can also love a book for completely different reasons.
By the time I've finished a review, the book has a score out of 100%, which is the easiest way for me to understand how good a book is. The interesting thing (at least to me) about this type of review system is that the books I love most don't always have the highest scores. Objectively, they aren't always the best books. Likewise, I can read a really phenomenal book from an objective standpoint and as great as it is, it doesn't end up being one of my favorites.
(Also: please excuse the mess on my blog as I try to find a theme/design I love.)