Hello! I've been seeing a few booktube videos about how booktubers personally review their books, and how they decide on a Goodreads rating, and I think that it's a great idea for all booktubers and book bloggers to make. Not only does it show who you are as a reader, but also as a person. Today I'm going to be telling you guys of the way I review and rate the books I read, enjoy!
1) The plot
This is an obvious one, but plots are so important. The start, middle and end of a story play a huge role in their final rating, in whether it's a 4 or a 4.5/5. If the start is strong, the middle is lacking and the end is good, it will most likely get a better rating than a book that starts strong but ends badly, you know?
Some plots are so cliché and if I can predict the ending, which I usually can't because I'm oblivious, you'll know that it was cliché in my opinion and lacking. A good plot is usually one that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and that you wouldn't mind missing a few hours of sleep just to finish!
2) The characters
This might be controversial, because I know that characters shouldn't define a story, but to me, they do. Some characters are meant to be annoying (Umbridge, anyone?), but if the main character is supposed to be a loveable character, and I somehow find he/she annoying, I will not like the book - at all. In The Geography of You and Me, I'm sure the two protagonists were meant to be loveable, but I found them immature, childish and so, so simple that the entire book, despite its original plot, ended up being a book that I did not like as much as I would've wanted to.
On the other hand, if a villain is likeable (DRACO!), it means that the author is doing something right. When a villain's story interests you, it means that they add a lot more than simply being an antagonist to the plot, and I think that that's when I know I really like a story.
3) The writing style
Another obvious one, but writing style usually makes or breaks a book for me. If I find the writing style childish or poor, there is no way the book will get above a 4/5, even though it is the best plot in the entire world. It's like first impressions; if someone leaves a bad first impression on you, you'll forever be tainted. If I start reading and roll my eyes at the writing style (cough Divergent cough), the book simply isn't for me.
4) The dialogue
As a scriptwriter (from time to time), I enjoy dialogue a lot. And a good book to me has a very lively, engaging and dynamic dialogue, where every word leads to the next, and where nothing is said uselessly. A lot of times, characters will state the obvious, or repeat themselves, and that loses my interest as a reader. So, yeah, dialogue is important!
Here were the 4 things I focus on when I review books! It's pretty simple and straightforward, but I just wanted to let you guys know how my rating system works in my review section!
Thanks for reading,