After much thought, discussions with family, friends and authors, and much consideration (though kicking and screaming almost all the way), I have decided to change my way of rating a book.
In the past, I railed against the current system because I felt there was no way to accurately denote an OUTSTANDING and PROFOUND book, especially if all books, for whatever reason, were deemed to be great i.e. 5-star. However, I have come to realize this isn’t fair to the authors and their hard work (not to mention, my feeble attempts at swimming against the stream weren’t making ANY difference, except in some cases to hurt the author and/or their ratings.).
So, with all these thoughts swirling in my head, I reached a conclusion. I will give ALL books I enjoy a 5-star rating. The only way there will be a lesser rating is if there are grammatical and/or spelling errors. If I feel I can’t give a book at least a 3-star rating, I won’t review it. If I give a 3-star rating I will give a detailed reason.