New Year, New Rating System

It’s almost 2020! Which means that it’s a decent time for me to revamp my method of rating books.

I do love a good star rating so I’m sticking with that. However, I’m not going to be giving stars based on set criteria (writing style, character development, world-building, etc.) and instead I’m giving them based on how a book makes me feel. A lot of how a book is written and constructed lends to how it makes me feel so don’t worry, I’m not going to go all new age hippy dippy and rely only on my feelings. So lemme just break down how these feelings equate to stars.

1 star means I ‘effing hated it and finished it purely out of rage. This essentially means that the only reason why I finished the book was so that if someone asked me why I didn’t like it, I could tell them every single reason from start to finish as to why. This is a petty star filled with rage. The chance of me actually reviewing a book that I’ve given 1 star to is incredibly low.


2 stars means that I finished the book with the expectation that it was going to get better and it never did or that it started off as a 3 star book and completely lost me by the end. It’s kind of like the “meh” of book ratings. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it, it’s kind of just a neutral.


3 stars means that I had a good time reading the book and I could see the effort that the author put into writing the book, but personally, it fell a bit flat for me either in terms of character development, world-building, or just plot. This is essentially my “You get an A for effort” stamp combined with a “It’s me and not you” speech.


4 stars means that I really enjoyed reading it, had a great time reading it, but it’s not exactly something that I would reread without a reason, or go out and buy for my own bookshelf. It’s a bit like a sweet summer fling or a friendship that fizzled out with no ill feelings.


5 stars means that I absolutely loved it and would consider buying it for my own shelf. These are the books that made me laugh, cry, smile, or think. Or just the books that left me with warm fuzzy feelings. I would equate these books to a delicious meal that leaves you perfectly full but not stuffed and lethargic.


So that’s  pretty much how my star system rating functions at this point in time. Now, let’s just all hope that I’ll stick with this system for years to come and that next year I don’t change it up again.

Do you rate the books that you’ve read? And if you do, what’s your system? Also, iIf you have any questions about my rating system please feel free to ask them in the comments!

Hope you have a wonderful day and read a wonderful book,

That’s My Type

It’s super easy to say that I love books that are well written, have a smooth plot, good character development, and excellent world-building but what does that even really mean? My idea of good character development might be completely and totally different from your idea of good character development. Also, those criteria can change for me depending on; the genre of that book that I’m reading, if it’s fiction or nonfiction, when it was published, if it’s a translation, etc.

At the end of the day, these are the type of books that I tend to fall in love

I love books that make me feel.

I love books that can make me laugh and tear up either from happiness or sorrow. 

I love books that can transport me to other places through sensory details.

I love books that make me think about my own relationships, future, and impact.

I love books that motivate me to go beyond what I think my limits are.

I love books that force me to pay attention.

I love books that force me to finish them because I’m absolutely ensnared in the story.

I love books where the characters feel real.

I love books that are informal.

I love books that are well-researched.

I love books that teach me new things and leave me wanting slightly more.

I love books that challenge my own biases.

I love books, regardless of their size as long as their stories fit.


I love books that make me love books.


What types of books do you fall in love with?

Hope you have a lovely day and read a wonderful book


A Brief Reintroduction

Another year approaches and I’ve again deleted everything from this space.

Which means that it’s about that time for me to make a brief introduction of who I am, what I’m about, and what this space is going to potentially be used for in the upcoming year.

I’m Rachel; Rae for short. I’m an avid reader, MLIS candidate (graduating April 2020), library enthusiast, medieval history fan, and nature lover. I’m the type of person who has a million ideas of what they want to do, but gets caught up in the idea of having to execute those ideas perfectly – which is something that I’m definitely trying to change in 2020.

My idea for this space is for it to be a bookish lifestyle blog. I’ve come to realize that in the past I’ve gotten too caught up in making this space as specific as possible and that I ended up not posting the majority of the things that I wanted to post because they seemed too “off topic”. Now I have a better idea of what I want to do with this space and more of a sense of purpose in what it is that I want to promote about myself and the things that I love.

I’m not going to make any grand promises of what you’ll see in this space because that’s gotten me caught up in the past. I’m going to do a cliffhanger type of thing and just ask for you to stay tuned, and to occasionally visit back to see what’s going on.

So, cheers to the holiday season and cheers to the beginning of new beginnings.