Ratings

Hi! Welcome to my explanation of ratings. Ratings are a super useful way for me to evaluate music and books that I review, but they’re not very useful unless you know what they mean, so here’s a break down of how I rate things!

If you’re interested in music ratings, click here to go to the relevant information!

If you are interested in book ratings you’re in the right place 🙂


Book Ratings


5 stacks of 3 books (5/5 rating)

This is the highest rating I will give a book and is reserved for life-changing, earth-shattering books. If the book didn’t make me sob uncontrollably or make me stay up worrying about it, it probably won’t get a 5/5 rating.

4 stacks of 3 books (4/5 rating)
4 book stacks

This is the highest rating most books will get. It means that really loved the book, it just didn’t change my life.

3 stacks of 3 books, 3/5 rating
3 book stacks

This just means that I liked the book a lot.

2 stacks of 3 books (2/5 rating)
2 book stacks

Here, the book was okay/pretty good, but there were definitely a few things that put me off.

 

1 book stacks
1 book stack

Here the book wasn’t bad it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

No book stacks

Here, the book was just bad. Somehow I made it to the end, but I wouldn’t recommend you doing the same.

N/A

This just means I didn’t finish the book. Whilst I can review books I did not finish, I don’t give them ratings because ratings reflect my overall opinion on a book and if I did not finish the book then I can’t really do that.


Music Ratings


5 microphones
5 microphones

This rating is reserved for songs I loved, but felt had something extra special. 

If this is for an album the criteria have more to do with overall cohesiveness, concept, variety and general music quality, but the meaning remains the same. This means it was a life-changing album. You’re unlikely to an album get this rating very often.

4 microphones out of 5
4 microphones

This rating means I loved the song.

If this is for an album the criteria have more to do with overall cohesiveness, concept, variety and general music quality, but the meaning remains the same. This rating probably means I liked all of the songs (3 microphones or higher) and there was good cohesiveness, variety and concept.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
3 microphones

This rating means the song was really nice and I liked it a lot.

If this is for an album the criteria have more to do with overall cohesiveness, concept, variety and general music quality, but the meaning remains the same. This rating probably means I did like all of the songs to some extent (1 microphone or higher) and there was decent cohesiveness, variety and concept.

2 microphones out of 5
2 microphones

This means the song was okay, but there were some things that put me off.

If this is for an album the criteria have more to do with overall cohesiveness, concept, variety and general music quality. This rating for an album probably means I mostly liked all the songs OR there was decent cohesiveness and variety and the concept was okay (or both).

1 microphone out of 5
1 microphone

This means the song wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. (Note: if the song is a genre I don’t like, but there are some things I like about it will get this. If it’s a genre/style I don’t like and there’s nothing I like, it will get 0.)

If this is for an album the criteria have more to do with overall cohesiveness, concept, variety and general music quality. As my personal preference comes into play less, it more likely means that whilst some of the songs were bad, some of them were okay. It could also mean that the album was slightly disjointed, lacked variety or concept.

No microphones

This means the song was just bad.

If this is for an album the criteria have more to do with overall cohesiveness, concept, variety and general music quality, but the meaning remains the same.

N/A

This means that the song/album was somehow so bad that I couldn’t even finish it. You’re unlikely to see this one.


NOTE: I do not give half stars, so I will abide by the laws of maths and round UP.

Also, I am more likely to give out a 5/5 rating for a song than an album or a book. Think of it like this: a song is like a scene in a book, whereas the album is the whole thing. Whereas the book or album needs to be life changing to get a 5/5 rating, the song just has to be great!

ALSO NOTE: Whilst reviews for books and individual songs are based off of my own personal opinion, album ratings are somewhat more objective and only take into account my personal preference when it comes to the average rating I’ve given the songs.