In line with my obsession with Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s adventures, I decided to rate my books in spades. I know the Queen of Hearts is most important, I mean she is the queen after all, but I don’t like hearts all that much, so spades it is. All her little soldiers were suits of spade anyway, so let’s just see my ratings as little soldiers of literary excellence.

Having more spades means better, in case you’re wondering. And I am reserving ♠♠♠♠♠ ratings for books that just blew my mind in some form or another. With that said, these are not automatically on my all time favorite list. That list is reserved for books that blow my mind on the regular and that I would pick up and read for the 1000th time without getting the least bit bored. For anyone that knows me, this means those books would receive 6 spades – something that is not easily achieved.


Ratings are obviously subjective and biased by my own tastes and experiences and expectations. If I didn’t like a book, it doesn’t mean you wouldn’t and it most likely doesn’t mean that it was objectively bad.



I loved, loved, loved this book. It blew me away and I will be thinking about it for a while. I will probably annoy people until they read this book.


This is a really solid book. I liked reading it and will recommend it to others.


I feel meh about this. The book isn’t bad but it’s also not good. It’s perfectly average. I still liked reading it but the special je-ne-sais-quoi is missing.


There was more wrong with the book than there was right. I struggled reading this.

Reading this was really, really hard. There are too many things wrong with the book to even begin talking about it.


That one is self-explanatory. Marking a book as DNF is a last resort.