Review Policy

The most important thing I want to convey is I rate books compared to others of their type. I am not going to compare a light holiday romance to Gone With the Wind, for example. Since I do sometimes review nonfiction, such as history books or cookbooks, my nonfiction polices are included as well.

5 STAR Fiction: It was compelling, well-researched, impressively written, and/or entertaining. The characters are memorable and I connected with them emotionally. I will search out this author’s other work

5 STAR Fiction: It was compelling, well-researched, impressively written, and/or entertaining. The characters are memorable and I connected with them emotionally. I will search out this author’s other works.

5 STAR Non-fiction: It was well researched and provided information that was both useful and impressive. The way the information was presented was easy to follow and engaging. I will use this information regularly. The photos and other supporting documentation are spectacular. I will seek the author out as an authority on the subject and enthusiastically recommend it to others.

4 STAR Fiction: I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to others. I would definitely want to read more books by this author.

4 STAR Nonfiction: It was well researched and provided useful information. The information presented was easy to follow and understand. The photos and other supporting documentation are very good. I will use this information again and recommend it to others.

3 STAR Fiction: It was a good book. Although I wasn’t blown away by it, I would recommend it to others.

3 STAR Nonfiction: The information was useful and fairly easy to follow. It includes helpful photos and other supporting documentation. I would recommend it to others.


2 STAR Fiction: I liked some things about the book, but it did not live up to my expectations.

2 STAR Nonfiction: Although there was some useful information, it was hard to follow or incomplete. Photos and other supporting documentation are lacking. I might hesitate to recommend it to others.

1 STAR Fiction: I did not enjoy the book, and would not recommend it to others. My reasons will be well documented in the review.

1 STAR Nonfiction: I could not find any useful information. Photos and other supporting documentation are lacking. I would not recommend it to others.

For any star rating, I may add a half star if I feel it is needed.