In homage to my students from my first teaching job, I will use a rating scale from 1 to 5 fish.
Also, a word about my reviews: simple. More words: I use the same review method I recommend to my students. That is, 1 paragraph of plot/character summary, 1 paragraph of my personal thoughts, and 1 paragraph for recommendations. I will deviate from this, but this is the basic structure I use. Pro tip: if I do stray from this format, it’s probably because the book was really good or really bad.
Another quick note: I am more likely to review books I really like than those I don’t care for too much. Part of this is because of my own excitement level that would make me want to write a review. But the other part is that I wouldn’t necessarily want to write a negative review if there’s a book I didn’t really enjoy. Every book has its audience. I’m glad for my incredibly small part in helping some books find the right audience. But if I’m not the audience for a certain book and I’m not sure who is, I might not review it. It’s not my job to discourage people from reading anything. It’s my job to encourage, and that’s what I’ll be doing. So when you see mostly 4- and 5-fish reviews, it’s because I choose to review those books, not because I just like everything I read.
. . .though I do know what I like, and I make good reading choices.