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Distribution of Review Grades
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Grade Distribution

Reviews 1-1300

     To give a better idea of how and where a book ranks under the complete review's grading system we offer an overview of the distribution of grades. Note that the average grade is fairly high, which is partially a reflection of our selectivity in choosing what books to review, as well as a result of our not posting reviews of books that were reviewed but then deemed not worth your while.

Grade Distribution
Grades 1-
1000
1001-
1100
1101-
1200
1201-
1300
Total
(%)
A+ 16 0 0 0 1.32
A 56 0 1 2 4.54
A- 180 9 13 14 16.62
B+ 301 45 36 45 32.85
B 300 33 35 28 30.46
B- 101 7 8 5 9.31
C+ 13 2 3 0 1.38
C 15 1 0 1 1.31
C- 7 0 0 0 .54
D+ 0 0 0 0 0
D 2 0 0 1 .23
D- 0 0 0 0 0
F 0 0 0 0 0
-- 9 3 4 4 1.54


Grade Distribution 1 - 1000
Grades 1-
100
101-
200
201-
300
301-
400
401-
500
501-
600
601-
700
701-
800
801-
900
901-
1000
Total
A+ 4 5 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 16
A 11 12 4 7 4 5 4 4 2 3 56
A- 17 23 17 19 22 25 10 16 16 15 180
B+ 19 15 28 28 37 35 37 28 40 34 301
B 19 21 36 34 30 23 36 30 32 39 300
B- 18 18 7 8 7 7 12 15 3 6 101
C+ 7 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 13
C 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 3 2 15
C- 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 7
D+ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
D- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
-- 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 3 0 9

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The complete review's Grading System:

  • The grades we assign the books we review are based solely on the subjective opinion of our Editorial Board. The grades can be interpreted as follows:

    • The grades range from A+ to D-, as well as F.
    • Books must be exceptional to be graded A+ or A.
    • Anything graded B- or higher is a book that we believe has some value and is probably worth reading.
    • Anything graded C+ to C- is already highly questionable, and probably only worthwhile for a select audience.
    • Anything graded D+ to D- is probably irredeemable junk, and worthwhile only for relatives of the author.
    • Anything graded F is so offensively bad that even relatives of the author should probably avoid it. This is a rare rating, since we usually do not finish reading books that would qualify for this grade.
    • Anything graded -- is a book that defies qualitative assessment. This does not mean that books so graded are bad, merely that they do not fit in our grading system. (Generally this rating is reserved for technical or highly specialized books that address only a small or select audience.)

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