What My Ratings Mean

Odds are, you’re here because you’re wondering: what the heck does she mean by content rating? Does a three star book cross the line to horrible or okay?

This page is for you, my friend.

I’m going to tackle what I mean by my star rating system first (and if you’re wondering, I work on a 1-5 star scale–I don’t believe in “0 stars”) and then I’ll move on to my content ratings (which are basically how I measure if a book is appropriate for a certain age audience or not). If you reached this page from the link in any of my reviews’ footnotes, you might want to scroll down to the second black-and-white image to get where you want to go. ;)

That’s enough preamble. Let’s get going!

Star Ratings: The Bibliologist

5/5 Stars: So in love.

These are the books I’ve fallen head over heels in love with. I couldn’t put them down and probably stopped for…who am I kidding? Nothing. I likely own multiple editions of them, have read them over and over again, and talk about them way too often.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, A Gentleman in Moscow, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

4/5 Stars: Smitten.

These can be favorites too, but that hardly happens. They were beautiful books though, and I will definitely be picking up the sequel if one comes out. They captured my interest, and while I could probably bear putting them aside for a bit, I usually sped through them. I’ll buy these and reread them, but there’s something about them that was off.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, Withering Heights by Emily Bronte

2/5 Stars: We don't talk anymore.

Eh. These were usually pretty solid and were fine reading once, but never again. They were usually over-hyped, or I just felt nothing for them. I might have enjoyed my experience, but in the end, they were very very forgettable books. I probably won’t be buying any of these and it’s doubtful I’ll be picking up the sequel. (But of course, I always, always do.)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber, The Elite by Kiera Cass, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2/5 Stars: It's over, we're done.

Travesty of fiction. A royal waste of time. I won’t be recommending any of these, and I’ll stay away from the sequels (if there any) like the plague. They were majorly, tragically flawed, and there were absolutely no redeeming qualities about them. I probably stuck it out to the end just out of a sense of obligation, but I hated every moment.

1/5 Stars: Just leave.

ЗТО БЫЛО ПРОТИВНО! ПРОТИВНО! (Pardon my Russian… I’m feeling the rage.) Repugnant. An abomination to mankind. I am deeply disgusted. There’s no other way to describe these. They probably left me with a (quite literal) horrible taste in my mouth and a lifetime vehemence towards them. Nine cases out of ten, I probably didn’t even bother to finish them. I’m not saying I want to murder them…but if they got run over by a car, I would be driving that car.

Content Ratings: The Bibliologist

To help decide if a book is right for you, I provide content ratings and a recommended age range with each review. Here’s what they mean.

(Please note that these are guidelines, and I may deter from them on occasion if the need arises.)


• • • • • No swearing/cursing.
• • • • Very rare use (total, around 1-5 instances) of d***, a**, h**l, b**ch, and/or b***ard.
• • • • • Mild use of the above.
• • • • • Frequent use of the above.
• • • •  Uses of the above + rare use of f*** and/or s***
• • • • • Frequent use of the above.


• • • • • None.
• • • • • Rare, very mild instances of violence.
• • • • • Some mild violence.
• • • • • Heavy/strong violence.
• • • •  Some graphic violence.
• • • • • Frequent graphic violence.


• • • • • None.
 • • • • Infrequent kissing.
• • • • • Mild, light.
• • • • • Some kissing/mild clutching/innuendo.
• • • • • Suggestive.
• • • • • Graphic sensuality.


• • • • • None.
 • • • • Rare of-age drinking.
• • • • • Some mild of-age drinking/drunkenness.
• • • • • Under-age drinking and/or some drug-like substances.
• • • • • Frequent drinking and/or drug use.
• • • • • Heavy use of drugs and alcohol.

A book with any category (language, violence, sensuality, drugs/alcohol use) of a one-bullet intensity will be categorized under ages 10+.

A book with any category (language, violence, sensuality, drugs/alcohol use) of a two-bullet intensity will be categorized under ages 12+.

A book with any category (language, violence, sensuality, drugs/alcohol use) of a three-bullet intensity will be categorized under ages 14+.

A book with any category (language, violence, sensuality, drugs/alcohol use) of a four-bullet intensity will be categorized under 16+.

A book with any category (language, violence, sensuality, drugs/alcohol use) of a five-bullet intensity will be categorized under 18+.

If you have any questions about these ratings or would like to request more specific information, feel free to contact me using the form below. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have!