If you’ve even taken a brief glance through my blog, I’m sure you’ve seen that I do two main types of reviews: Recipe reviews and book reviews. The recipe reviews are on a one-point scale, while the book reviews are on a half-point scale. This is where I’ll go a little more in-depth as to what I mean for each type of review.
All ratings are subject to my personal opinion only. You may agree or disagree with my ratings and reviews. The best course of action is to make something/read something for yourself and make your own decisions.
1/5: Skip it. Either this recipe is too overly complicated for something so bland, or the taste/texture of this recipe is a disaster beyond all imagination. There’s very little that can be done to redeem this recipe. (If you manage to do it, drop me a line in the comments. I’ll give it another shot on your recommendations.) This is a recipe you should avoid at all costs.
2/5: It was pretty bleh. There might be something that can be done to improve it, but it would require reworking the entire recipe. For something that’s touting itself as “the best lasagna ever,” etc., you would think they would’ve worked all the bugs out before posting it online/publishing it in a collection. This is a recipe that you should skip if you know what’s good for you, but if you want to try it, don’t say I didn’t warn you. It’s a recipe that had so much potential but fell on its face as ungracefully as it could.
3/5: This is your basic recipe. It’s all right by itself, but if you were to do a little substantial tweaking to it, it could be something amazing. It’s relatively easy to make, to boot. This is a recipe you should certainly try at least once, at least to get an idea of what sort of changes you might need to make to the recipe to make it pop.
4/5: This is a great recipe, but it can still be improved in some way. For the most part, it’s easy to make; any super-complicated things will be noted in the review itself. This is something you should definitely try, because it’s going to become a monthly staple.
5/5: All other recipes should go home, because this one tops them all. There’s nothing to improve upon here, because you’ll most likely just end up messing up the recipe. This is a recipe you’ll pull out to wow your friends. It may not necessarily be the most time-friendly of the bunch, but then again, it might be. This is something you’ll wish you could make for dinner every night, because you know you’ll never get sick of it.
1/5: I don’t go lower than a 1/5, but you might wish I did. This is just the definition of drag. I’ll go through and critique every little spot of this book, from the writing in general to the plot to the characters. There’s nothing going right with this book.
1.5/5: This book has only one thing going right for it, whether it be an amusing side character or one plotline that doesn’t reek of stereotypes. If you can stomach the rest of it, the lone gem within the garbage pile might be worth your time, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
2/5: This book has something going right for it, be it a slightly lesser character or a few plotlines. The rest of it is just such a trash fire that you’re better off holding your nose and staying far away from it.
2.5/5: This book has one to two redeeming merits, which means that if you’re a die-hard fan of the genre, you might want to think about reading it. If you’re not, skip it. If this is a book about aliens and you’re more of a unicorn-type, you won’t gain anything but anger from reading this book.
3/5: This is your average novel. There’s nothing too extraordinary about it, but at the same time, there’s nothing outstandingly bad about it. It’s simply there. This is a novel where you might enjoy it if it’s in one of your preferred genres, but if you’re not a fan of that particular genre, you might want to skip it.
3.5/5: This is slightly above a 3, but also slightly below a 4. It might have a couple more insensitive bits to it (like referring to a particular race as “exotic”), and it might rely a little more heavily on well-trodden tropes. It’s still not a bad book, but there will be a couple of confusing or frustrating instances as you try to read it. If you’re a fan of the genre, you should probably read it, but know that you’re going to have at least two to three instances of “REALLY?!” while reading. If you’re not a fan, you’ll probably find it easy to follow, but lacking in the delivery department.
4/5: This is a book that may fall victim to one or two tasteless tropes (such as damsel-in-distressing someone), but for the majority of it, everything’s going right. There might be one tiny plot hole in there, but it’s something that doesn’t leave the book too majorly out in the rain. Genre shouldn’t matter when reading this book, although those who aren’t a fan of the genre it is will probably not enjoy as much as someone who is a fan of that genre.
4.5/5: A book with this rating might find itself right on the cusp of being labelled as a 5. It has one issue that most likely rubs me the wrong way, but that might not be an issue for anyone else. Even if you’re not a fan of the genre it’s in, you should read it.
5/5: This is the pinnacle of literary perfection. There’s so much going right with this book, and nothing going wrong. At the very least, this is a book you’re going to want to put on your shelf and reread yearly, if not more often than that. It’s rarely one of those books that’s referred to as “an instant classic” (because honestly, that’s an oxymoron and you know it, and those books are rarely as good as reviews lead you to believe). It’s a book everyone should read, as soon as they can.