When I award stars to a book, I have certain standards in mind. I take into account quality and target audience as well as my own taste. Here is what I mean when I rate a book—fiction or nonfiction.
★☆☆☆☆ – A dreadful book. No redeeming qualities. It was bad in multiple respects.
★★☆☆☆ – It was just okay. Here and there it contained words worth their price in ink, but the book isn’t worth reading again. It was tolerable.
★★★☆☆ – I liked it. It was good. If fiction, it entertained me. If nonfiction, it helped me. A well-written work.
★★★★☆ – Excellent. A beneficial book I will read again. There might be just one reason I didn’t give it five stars. This is the silver medal of book ratings.
★★★★★ – I loved it. A new favorite. It deserves numerous reads. This book excelled in multiple respects. The detail and facets of meaning make it a high-quality, thoroughly enjoyable challenge.