I am attempting to start a new practice of writing down some notes for books that I really enjoyed or found particularly insightful and have changed how I think about the world.
My current system of assigning some number of stars is arbitrary and does not really convey my thoughts about the book, most importantly to myself when I look back at the list and can't remember reading a book or why I gave it the rating I did. Moving forward, here's my legend:
- DNF = did not finish, will include some kind of qualifier like "lost interest" or "terrible"
- 0 = anything from meh to awful, bottom line: not recommended
- 1 = enjoyed
- 2 = recommended if you like the genre
- 3 = top book I've read all time (see: http://www.karlbitz.com/recommended.php)
In general, I will also note the genre, e.g. literary fiction, business non-fiction, et cetera.
I will use this system moving forward, and will back-rate as many books as I feel confident I remember well.