This page includes reviews of books I have read along with links to books I am currently reading and have read on Amazon.
Reflections of a Rational Republican provides each book it reviews with a ten-point rating. This rating is a weighted average of five categories that include: style, structure, substance, sentiment, and significance.
Style covers the author’s tone and writing style and accounts for 10 percent of a book’s rating.
Structure measures how well the author constructs the book’s content. Is it chronological? Does the author cover everything in detail or only the most critical items? This metric accounts for 10 percent of a book’s rating.
Substance rates the book’s overall content. Was the book interesting? Was it pithy? This category accounts for 40 percent of a book’s rating.
Sentiment rates how the book affected the reader on an emotional level. Was it inspirational? Did it evoke feelings of anger in the reader? Was it exciting? Sentiment accounts for 10 percent of a book’s rating.
Significance accounts for 30 percent of a book’s rating. The purpose of this rating is to provide a sense of where the book stands in the course of history. Most escape fiction would likely rate low in this category unless it was a once-in-a-generation book that stands out as an icon for its genre. Presidential autobiographies would more likely receive higher than average ratings because they contain the words of men who have had a major impact on world history.
With that, let the book reviews begin!