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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo)
Shika MacKenzie, Soji Shimada, Ross MacKenzie
Progress: 102/316 pages
The Bishop's Pawn (A Marc Edwards Mystery Book 7)
Don Gutteridge
Progress: 47/239 pages
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
Dylan Marron, Jeffrey Cranor, Cecil Baldwin, Retta Andresen, Joseph Fink, Harper Audio, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
Progress: 211/722 minutes
Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Influential Video Game Designers)
Jennifer deWinter, Carly A. Kocurek, Anastasia Salter
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Robert I. Sutton
Progress: 140/210 pages
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

My Rating System

I figured I'd jump on this bandwagon too.

 

My rating system is a combination of my emotions/gut feelings and letter grades, translated into stars. So:

 

5 stars = A

4.5 stars = A-/B+

4 stars = B

3.5 stars = B-/C+

3 stars = C

2.5 stars = C-/D+

2 stars = D

1.5 stars = D-

1 star = F

.5 stars = This was not ready to be published and, if I spent any money on it, I'm probably extremely upset about that.

 

All of this is based more on feelings than anything, and I sometimes bump things up or down depending on my emotions after reading something. I don't see 3 stars as being a bad rating. Granted, I'd love it if everything I read was worth more stars, but 3 stars means I didn't hate it.

 

Any ratings higher than 3 stars are for works I have at least somewhat positive feelings about, while anything lower than 3 stars is for works I have at least somewhat negative feelings about. I give out very few 5-star ratings and, for some reason, tend to be more comfortable giving out higher ratings to graphic novels and manga than to books (maybe because the artwork works on my emotions more?). I sometimes feel like I give out more lower ratings than higher ones, although my LibraryThing graph (pictured below) tells me this is not the case.

 

What it comes down to is that I don't really have an objective system. Also, I really wish I fretted less over assigning higher star ratings.