the ratings

How good is this book, out of five stars?

The rating is a straightforward measure of quality, from one to five stars. I’m looking for books that will help writers, whether that is teaching writing techniques, showing how the business of writing works, or providing encouragement along the way.

A book will only get a one-star rating if (in my opinion) it actively harms writers. Otherwise, two is my lowest rating.

A book will only get a five-star rating if (in my opinion) it’s essential reading for most, if not all, writers. What I’m saying is, four stars = I loved it a whole lot and you will too. Five stars = life-changing.

If a book falls between stars, I round up.