Rating System


Bibliophile Soprano’s Rating System for Books

(Effective April 1, 2016)

I. INITIAL RATING

The initial rating is composed of the scores from the four quarters of the book. Each quarter will be given a score out of 5. The average score will be the initial rating of the book.

II. BONUSES

These are plus factors for the book.

  • Cover Bonus (0.0625): I will award this bonus if I love the cover of the book.
  • Title/Tagline Bonus (0.0625): I will award this bonus if I love the title/tagline of the book.
  • First Line Bonus (0.0625): I will award this bonus if the first line of the book got me.
  • Last Line Bonus (0.0625): I will award this bonus if the last line of the book got me.
  • Lessons Learned Bonus (0.125): I will award this bonus if I learned a lot of lessons from the book.
  • Character Development Bonus (0.125): I will award this bonus if I really like the character development in the book.
  • Special Bonus: I will award bonus points if there are special factors that made me love the book more than I expected or if the book made it to my “Books that Mean a Lot to Me” shelf on Goodreads.

III. DEMERITS

These are factors that I didn’t like about the book.

  • Pace Demerit (0.125): I will give this demerit if I found the book to be too slow or too fast.
  • Chapter Length Demerit (0.125): I will give this demerit if I found the chapters to be very long.
  • Cliché Plot Demerit (0.125): I will give this demerit if I found the plot of the book to be mainstream or if the book was too predictable.
  • Boredom Demerit (0.125): I will give this demerit if I found myself bored while reading the book.
  • DNF Demerit: I will give this demerit if I did not finish the book. I will still rate the book, but the maximum rating would only be up to 3 points.

INITIAL RATING + BONUSES – DEMERITS = FINAL RATING

**Final Rating will be rounded up to two decimal places.**

IV. BOOKS THAT BYPASS THE RATING SYSTEM

On some occasions, I bypass the rating system and rate books without specific points on certain parts. This usually happens when I finish a book right away, whether I loved it or not. Books that fall under this category don’t have decimal places in their ratings – except for the 0.5 (e.g. better than 4 but less than 5) that sometimes indicate conflicting feelings toward a book.

V. BOOKS WITH INFINITY SYMBOLS AS RATINGS

I rarely give lemniscates a.k.a. infinity symbols as ratings but once you see one (or more), it means that YOU HAVE TO READ THE BOOK. RIGHT NOW.

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