Do you review different genres of books with different criteria?

I started thinking about this when I was writing some reviews of chick lit books.  I love chick lit.  If your book cover is pink, I promise I will at least pick it up and read the back.


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But when it comes to reviewing light and fluffy books I get stuck. Here’s how star ratings work in my brain for other genres.

  • 1 star – I finished it because the hate and rage was pushing me through
  • 2 stars – I have some issues with this book
  • 3 stars – I liked it.  I finished it.  Moving on now.
  • 4 stars – Better than average.  Probably gave me something to think about
  • 5 stars – Life changing.  Seriously, something about this changed the way I think or see the world.

So light books don’t tend to fit into those categories.  I decided I need a new scale for them.  Partially inspired by Jamie’s timeline rating graphics, I made myself a new grading scale.  I think of these books as fluffy so OBVIOUSLY I needed a FLUFFY BUNNY SCALE!



I made some new graphics for my regular book reviews too.



I also have an add on for those books that you are going to get so sick of hearing me talk about.



Is it just me or do you find yourself promoting books that you didn’t actually rate very high?  For example, Ascension is a book I find myself promoting all the time but it was a 3 star read for me.  It is sci-fi written by a POC author with a black lesbian protagonist and features polyamorous relationships.  So when there are Twitter discussions and someone asks if anyone knows a book about any of those things, I mention it.