Rating System

** Update, there will be no more rating of books on my blog.  I usually feel like a book deserves multiple ratings:  for the way it makes me feel, for the writing, for the educational value… I could go on and on.  From now on (April 2017 – present) I will continue to add my solid 5 star books to the lists below, but as a rule will not be ranking most books.


My rating system is based solely on how I personally felt about these books.  My rating may be influenced by writing style, subject matter, and how the book moved or did not move me.  These ratings include books that have been read in 2016 and beyond only.  I will not go back and rate books that I have read before then, unless I am re-reading them, which is unlikely to happen.



StarI didn’t like it.

2star  It was ok.

3-stars I liked the book.

images-2 I really liked the book.  There was something extra special about it.

images  I absolutely loved it.   I thought it was brilliant, moving, and enlightening.


My five star adult reads to date:

  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  2. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  4. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  5. Forty Rooms, by Olga Grushin
  6. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  7. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  8. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  9. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  11. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
  12. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  13. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  14. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
  15. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  16. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  17. A Tale for Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

My five star middle grade reads to date:

  1.  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  2. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

My five star children’s reads to date:

  1. Too Many Moose! by Lisa Bakos
  2. The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires
  3. The Pruwahaha Monster by Jean-Paul Mulders
  4. National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia by National Geographic Kids
  5. Did You Know? Animals by D.K. Publishing
  6. Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton
  7. Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak
  8. Fall Ball by Peter McCarty
  9. Beneath the Ghost Moon by Jane Yolan
  10. Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
  11. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson
  12. Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

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