Every book reviewed here at The Place Between will be rated on two scales: the Normal Person Rating System, and M’s Magical Meter.
The Normal Person Rating System accounts for factors such as quality, well-rounded characters, interesting plots, and generally how normal people probably rate things on Goodreads. This scale is out of 5.
M’s Magical Meter (TM) (just kidding) is a scale unique to me. Have you ever read a book and thought “wow, I know that book is good, but I didn’t like it”? Enter M’s Magical Meter! M’s Magical Meter accounts for things such as entertainment value, character likeability, and the sense of omg-I-can’t-put-this-book-down. This scale is out of 10.
Trouble following? Here are some examples:
The Catcher in the Rye – This book is well-written, a work of literary genius. It earns a 5 out of 5 on the Normal Person Rating System. I can’t stand this book, Holden Caufield is the most annoying character in literary history, and reading it makes me want to gouge my eyes out. It gets a 1 out of 10 on M’s Magical Meter.
Twilight – This book is rather poorly written. The two main characters are more like shells than actual people, and it encourages some problematic jealously. It gets a 1 out of 5 on the Normal Person Rating System. When I read Twilight I can’t put it down. I start the first one and rabidly continue until I’ve finished the 4th one. I wish I could be real life friends with Jacob and Alice, and I hope Stephenie Meyer writes another book with Seth as the main character. It gets a 7 out of 10 on M’s Magical Meter.