While I don't assign stars to my book reviews, I do assign key words in bold face. My ratings are explained as follows:
Highly recommended with star - Very unusual to see this rating. I reserve this for books that go beyond a five star rating and have deeply touched me. The highest honor a book could receive on my blog. If you see this rating, I think the book is worth buying and keeping.
Highly recommended - This would be the equivalent to a 4 1/2 to 5 star rating. I loved this book
Recommended - This would be equivalent to 3 1/2 to 4 star rating. I liked this book a lot. A strong book.
Good - Equivalent to 3 star rating. I liked this book, but didn't love it.
Fair- Less than 3 stars. I rarely give a fair rating but if I do, it's usually because the book still needs polishing.
If you don't see these words, I didn't love the book. However, just because I didn't love it, doesn't mean somebody else won't. Since everybody has different tastes, I don't believe in a negative review. I'm not here to destroy an author. I'm here to find worthwhile books for boys. I do try to find the positive of every book and point those out in my review.