Ratings: Cupcakes & Apples

Ratings System

As of June 2011, I started a new ratings system for my book reviews. Since I read such a variety of genres, I can't always rate them the same way. Some books are just for fun, some are more introspective. How can I rate both Confessions of a Shopaholic and Jane Eyre the same even if I loved them both? This is my solution.

Each review is accompanied with a rating of cupcakes and apples.

Cupcakes are sweet and delicious but they don't have much nutritional value. A cupcake every once and awhile is a satisfying treat just don't overindulge. The cupcake rating is for the entertainment value of a book.

Sleepy time

I was entertained

Wow! What a ride!

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, or at least fulfills daily nutritional requirements. They may not hit the spot like a cupcake can but a crispy apple is yummy too. The apple rating is for the literary value of a book.

I could turn my brain off

I learned some stuff

Wow! I feel smarter  for reading this!

Ideally a book would be 3 apples and 3 cupcakes, but that's a rare thing. However, there's nothing wrong with an all cupcake or all apple book. It just depends on what you're in the mood for!

*Any similarity to other ratings systems is coincidental.

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