My Rating System
Whether reading, watching, or otherwise enjoying media, I believe in [[!Write about what you read|writing about what you consume]]. That's what my Library is for.
Ratings are personal. I don't believe any rating system can truly work across such a wide variety of media, opinions, and preferences. My rating system is mine. It's not meant to be authoratative or offer more than a rough comparison across pieces but rather a reflection of how I personally felt about the work.
I don't pretend that my favourite 5 star nostaligia trip book is equivalant to the 5 star award winning film, only that I deeply enjoyed both for different reasons. To get the full picture, best to read the notes. But the stars are there for a quick reference. As a guideline, I adapted Goodreads star rankings.
- ★★★★★ - BLOODY BRILLIANT
- ★★★★☆ - Loved it
- ★★★☆☆ - Liked it
- ★★☆☆☆ - It was OK...
- ★☆☆☆☆ - Hard nope
- ☆☆☆☆☆ - Trash
- DNF - Did not finish. Usually but not necessarily a reflection of my rating.
A big part of why I believe you should [[!Write about what you read]] is to pick out the kernels of brilliance within and see what they spark in your own head. The [[!Idea richness]] rating is a reflection of how many thought-provoking concepts and pure information the book packs and/or evocative worldbuilding idea and writing that spark ideas for the [[!Scrapbook]].
This is not necessarily a comment on overall quality, but unique and/or inspiring ideas is my jam so it may influence the rating.
- ★★★★★ - I lost count of my highlights
- ★★★★☆ - Brimming with originality
- ★★★☆☆ - Some cool concepts or fresh information
- ★★☆☆☆ - Does what it says on the tin, but nothing more
- ★☆☆☆☆ - Nothing particularly memorable
- ☆☆☆☆☆ - Zero insights. I don't know how this could happen
This is the secret sauce hidden behind the scenes but used to determine things like my top picks and recommendations. It's a cocktail of averaging the rating and idea richness plus a dash of guesstimation depending on my overall feeling or current mood.
It's a flat score from 1-6 that follows the same system as the rating with the exception of 6, which is for those top picks where 5 stars is just not enough.