A few weeks ago and in reaction to readers’ feedback, I started adding book ratings to each review. To further define these ratings, I asked for some input from my reviewers and received some very creative ideas!

Going forward, I will be using the ratings definitions listed below, as imagined by Luxury Reading reviewer Joanne Lakomski. These definitions will also be listed in my review policy.

As always, reviews are opinions and ratings are an additional way for reviewers to express their feelings about a particular book.


1 – Surprises me – how on earth did it get published? Poor writing, poor story – no redeeming qualities (drinking days old stale coffee)

1.5 – Appealing to a narrow pool of readers – maybe because of topic or genre; writing and story leave lots to be desired (haggis or cooked chicken feet for most Americans)

2 – An unbalanced book with the story quality or the writing quality stronger than the other – readable for someone interested in this story type or writing style (cold beef tongue – not eaten by many but some love it)

2.5 – Poor writing or story quality is overshadowed by the genre – appealing to some, with some interesting aspects (Sutter Home White Zinfindel for the new wine drinker)

3 – A book to enjoy; perhaps a guilty pleasure or beach read that you really like (your favorite junk food in a favorite setting)

3.5 – Very readable book – enjoyable story and pretty well written (a really fine cup of coffee or a well-cooked steak)

4 – High calibre book – will be highly appreciated by a certain type of reader – others – not so much (artisan bread; crusty and warm )

4.5 – Excellent/creative/imaginative writing and a powerful story – some won’t appreciate this book perhaps because of topic or style, but many will (single malt scotch, specially brewed beer, or fine wine of choice)

5 – A classic; excellent writing, powerful story – will be appreciated by most who read it (an ice-cold drink of spring water during an arid mountain hike while enjoying a stunning vista)