How I Rate Books (with stars)
- Theme–A book must have some sort of theme, which I like to think is like the thesis statement. Every other element in that book should be used to back up this thesis.
- Prose–This may sound a little snobbish, but I like reading classics. I like reading books with solid prose, whether it be simple as Hemingway or convoluted and posh as Austen or Dostoyevsky. If a book has terrible prose, I will not read it.
- Characters–I’m unlike many people on this point, I can reasonably suffer through terrible characters as long as they are not flat cookie cuts. (In which case I will proceed to hurl the book against a wall.)
- Plot–A good plot is like a good premise. It’s the testing ground for the theme (or thesis) of the book. The more convoluted it is, the better!
- Execution–No matter how much of the above points the book scored, without a proper execution, I will not rate it five stars.
This basically means I will not introduce (or recommend) the book to people under this age.
Ex. The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson, Emma
Ex. The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, The Screwtape Letters
Ex. Crime and Punishment, Wuthering Heights, Harry Potter
Ex. The Magicians, Fangirl, The Secret History
Disclaimer About My Beliefs
As a Christian, my reviews will undoubtedly be somewhat affected by my worldview. That doesn’t mean I won’t read books with views that are different from my beliefs.
Genres I Read In
I generally try to cover a wide berth of genre, but I tend to read more fiction than nonfiction. Below are the genres I read in:
- Scientific nonfiction
“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”C. S. Lewis