I read and review a wide variety of books in all genres. Here is a brief description of how I rate a book.
I will rate books in two ways- a G/PG/PG-13/R rating and a 1-5 star rating.
I chose the movie rating system because most people who watch movies can easily identify. If I read a book that is totally appropriate for anyone to read, I will rate it with a G rating. If the book has some violence or mention of physical intimacy or mention of adult subject matter, I will rate it with a PG or PG13 rating (depending on the level of content). If the book has extreme violence or sexual content, I will rate it R.
My star rating is based on how well I think the book is written. This is totally subjective of course. I am not a literary critic nor do I claim to be one. I just enjoy reading books. And, there are things I like and don't like in books I read. I prefer books that are not written in first person. I prefer books that might have a good message but don't "preach." I like dynamic, believable characters. I don't particularly like books that jump around from one stream of thought to the next. In my review I will definitely tell why I rated the book as I did.