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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Abigail Revasch, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Tara Sands, Listening Library
Progress: 67/473 minutes
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: 58/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: A Novel
Becky Chambers
Progress: 148/441 pages
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas, Bill Homewood, Naxos AudioBooks
Progress: 667/3165 minutes
A Matter of Oaths
Helen S. Wright
Progress: 101/277 pages
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Professor Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses, The Great Courses
Progress: 34/725 minutes

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.