History Lite: Mainly fiction with a pinch or maybe even a heaping cup of history for good measure; the diet version of History Rich.
A Good Dose: The middle child, half fiction and half non-fiction or something rather close. A solid mixture of the two.
History Rich: This is mostly non-fiction with some fictitious liberties to make the story more interesting/easier to understand; this is the cake with all the cream and sugar.
*Note: Whether Lite or Rich doesn’t make the story better or worse; it’s just a reference to how much actual history is portrayed in the book.
5 – It’s Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.
4.5 – Nit picky critiques, but overall a solid, well crafted, highly enjoyable read.
4 – Nit picky critiques and one larger flaw, but a book still highly worthy of being on your must read list.
3.5 – Definitely some room for improvements but still an enjoyable and fun read – especially if it’s a topic that interests you.
3 – Not the best, not the worst – a 50/50 shot you’ll enjoy this book. If you really like the author/subject matter, give it a try! Maybe borrow it from the library or a friend.
2.5 – This book has some large flaws like a plot hole, one dimensional characters, slow build, etc. Definitely borrow this one from the library.
2 – Take this book on with caution. It may feel like you’re reading a rough draft instead of a finished product.
1.5 or less – Best to pass and look for another book to suit your fancy.
*Note: These ratings are the opinion of the author of this blog.