Saturday, September 24, 2011

Book Ratings

Putting a star classification on a book has always been incredibly difficult for me. I want to be honest and give you all an easy way to see what I thought, but I can't do it any more. It's too hard on me and makes me feel like a judgmental asshat; so, from now on I am removing the star ratings from my reviews. But I'll try to come up with something else, some other kind of description for you all... maybe a 'one-word-description' type of thing. Anyway, star ratings are no more because, frankly, I don't even like rating thigns on Goodreads but feel compelled to tell people where that book stands with me.


Oh well. Also, I will probably be removing ratings from former posts just to keep things consistent.

In related news, review of Bad Taste in Boys coming Monday!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I always thought five star ratings were limiting. I equate three stars with a "C," which means average and 'eh.'

Katie said...

I'm with you on this one ... unless I LOVE a book and can give it 5 stars, I'm uncomfortable with the whole system. And the number of stars means different things to different people ... some people consider 3 stars to mean "I liked it" and some people consider 3 stars to mean "I didn't really care for it." For some, 4 stars is practically a rave review (these are the type who never give 5 star reviews, I know a few of those) and some feel like 4 stars means, again, a slight or insult because it wasn't 5. There ends up being a lot of confusion on HOW to rate it, and I don't find it helpful at all when I'm trying to pick a book, lol.

I personally have a hard time distilling my feelings down to a 1-5 rating system (unless I loved/loathed the book). So yeah, I don't think your reviews will suffer any for removing the star thing.


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