What I really need, and maybe this is the teacher in me, is a rubric for what defines those 5 stars. When I grade my student's papers... sometimes I don't like the topic of the paper... but that doesn't mean the paper is going to get a bad grade. Rubrics really helped me take the bias out of my grading. So for reviewing a person's piece of literature, I want to take my bias out of the 5 stars (as much as I can) and let my review give my opinion.
So here are my thoughts:
I will recommend it obsessivelyIt's a candidate for re-reading
I liked it a lot
You should read this book3 Stars
This book was good
The story was good but could have been better
Try it, you may like it
This book was... so-so
I wouldn't recommend, but it may be up your alley
I will not be giving zero stars out. I think that is because when on audible and goodreads, that is just not an option.
I am also going to give half stars on rare occasions. So I might have a 4.5 rating for a book that I love, but feel something (will explain in said post) is missing. Or a 3.5 may mean I liked the book enough to want to recommend it but there were things that could have been better.