On changes and improvements of It’s All About Books

Some may notice I am in the process of making some changes to my blog. What once started as a simple list of books and a simple way for me to track the books I’ve read, now has grown into something more elaborated. I’ve realized the way I write my reviews has changed over time. They have become a lot more detailed, and I’m now in the process of finishing and altering older reviews to my newer standards. Those changes include:

  • A new rating system: which hopefully allows a better and quicker overview of my general opinion of the books I’ve read without having to read the whole review… Their respective meanings you can find in this post.
  • More detailed general information: including now the date the book was first published and any other extra information (like if it belongs to a series, whether it was written in a different language originally or read in a different language than English).
  • Longer reviews: I’ve noticed that some of my older reviews are rather short and lack important details of the story and/or don’t express my opinion very well. I’m trying to improve all of them, although that may take quite a lot of time.
  • More tags: for all the tag lovers out there. Just trying to make it easier to find the books I’ve read…

I’m also going to try and participate more in the community, and I will be featuring new, not book review posts… One of them will be the Top Ten Tuesday featured at The Broke And The Bookish. The new topics will most likely also include Teaser Tuesdays,  WWW Wednesdays and Friday Finds originally featured at Should Be Reading. All coming soon!

My Very Own Rating System


It’s All About Books has evolved over time. Looking critically at my blog the other day, I realized I needed to create a new rating system for myself. A system where my general opinion of the books I’ve read would become clear without having to read the whole review, and hopefully allows for a better overview… So drum roll… I’m introducing you to my very own rating system. I do not claim originality since the 5 star system including half stars I used has probably been used a million times before. I’ve only added my own descriptions to the different ratings (they roughly translate to a 0-10 score). Their respective meanings are written below:

DNF. I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Either horrible or definitely not for me!
Almost too difficult to reach the last page. Yuk!
Boy, this one gave me a hard time. Not a book to touch again. 
Rating 1,5
The story wasn’t horrible, but there still isn’t another word to describe it but ‘bad’.
Rating 2
It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’. 
Rating 2,5
I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting
Rating 3
It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
Rating 3,5
Great read. Really entertaining!
Rating 4
Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Rating 4,5
This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic!
Rating 5
Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now.

I hope this will make it easier to read and understand my reviews!


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