Reading in the Desert

…a bookworm in Dubai

Ratings Policy

I rate my books on a 5 star scale. The ratings are my own personal opinion and reflect the level of enjoyment gained from the book and how well I think it was written.

A 5 star book is one of my favourite books of all time. I will have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it will have been very well written. I expect my 5 star choices will be very particular to me, as favourites are a very personal thing.

A 4 star book is a very good book. It has a good plot, is well written and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This is my benchmark rating and I start every book hoping it’ll be at least a 4.

3 star rating is given when a book is a good read but that I feel is let down somehow either by the writing quality or a weak plot. I find I often give 3 stars to books that don’t live up to their hype.

A 2 star rating is given to book that I think is poor and that perhaps I have struggled through. I might feel it is badly written or I just don’t get it.

A 1 star book would have to be really dreadful. It will have made me cross and have left me in disbelief at its poor quality. Hopefully there won’t be too many of these!


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