OK, we admit it: numbers don't mean much. Yes, we at BookWenches have ratings. After much discussion with authors and readers, we've decided to try to quantify our enjoyment of each book. All ratings are subjective, however. What we like, you may not like, and vice versa. That's just the way it is!
You'll notice that almost all of our reviews range between 3.5 and Keeper. This is because if a book doesn't rate pretty highly, we don't waste our efforts reviewing it. We prefer to tell you about the books we like than to dwell on the ones that disappointed us or made our skin crawl. There are a lot of book review sites out here in cyberspace, some snarkier than others, and we all have our different philosophies. Hey, Teagan and I do snark occasionally...we just prefer to snark at each other rather than at you!
This blog entry talks bout our ratings.
1 - Don't bother. This one made us want to scratch our eyes out after we finished it. If we finished it. You're probably not going to see these, because it just plain hurts too much to review a book we don't enjoy.
2 - Meh. Not our cuppa tea (or espresso, or in Bobby's case boxed red wine). Probably not yours, either.
3 - Passable. A little better than a neutral rating. Not bad...but it doesn't rock our world, either.
4 - Good. This one leaves us with a smile on our face, or at least a thoughful air. Definitely worth the read, and we'll probably be looking for more from this author as well.
5 - Excellent. Awesome book! We loved it, and we hope you will too. Here, take it with you...let me know what you thought. Then pass it on to a friend or two.
5+ Keeper. - Best of the Best. This one's going on the bookshelf at home, we liked it so much. Our blog entry explains this in detail.
Please refer to the sensuality/language levels in refence to sex/language in books so there are no surprises. What we think is pretty tame may shock the socks off of you. Or your grandma. Not that we're into whips and chains or other kinky stuff like that. Well, maybe Teagan is, but we won't tell her that I told you so, agreed?
Level 0 - Null. A cookbook, a dictionary, perhaps a sudoku puzzle. Sex doesn't even remotely enter into the equation. But now that I think about it, the word "sex" is in the dictionary. Hmm...maybe I should reconsider its rating!
Level 1 - Chaste - No Sex. A hug. A kiss. No funny business buster, and you better have at least one foot on the floor and the door open. If this is a romance, it is sweet and innocent.
Level 2 - Non-explicit. If the deed is done, it takes place behind closed doors. Or the act of love is couched in lots of flowery language. This probably wouldn't offend your maiden aunt too terribly much.
Level 3 - Explicit. This book pretty much tells it how it is. Sensual scenes use frank language and plenty of detail. Keep this one away from the kids.
Level 4 - Very Explicit. Sex. Lots of sex. Lots and lots of sex. Not only is it explicit, but it may be adventuresome. Fun and games can be found here.
Level 5 - Extreme/Unusual/Fetish. Whips, chains, velcro suits, dubious consent, dressing up in animal costumes. You get the picture.
Just in case you're concerned with naughty language or blood 'n' guts. We'll mark this is we think it might be an issue.
Level 1 - Pure as the Driven Snow. A G in movie ratings. This probably means it's a childrens' book. Probably nothing more violent than a stubbed toe. Or maybe a splinter.
Level 2 - Mild. A PG in movie ratings. A little bit of mild "shuckee darn" but nothing to get excited about. No serial killers will be found here.
Level 3 - Moderate. A PG-13 in movie ratings. Some mature language or a moderate amount of gore.
Level 4 - Explicit. An R in movie ratings. This story isn't shy about dropping the "F-Bomb." Rivers of blood, carnage, freaks with chainsaws can be found here.
Level 5 - Very Explicit. An NC-17 in movie ratings. More profanity than you can shake a stick at. Kinda like rap on steroids. In terms of violence, this would be extreme and very possibly nauseating. Hey, some folks like that stuff!