You know what is the absolute worst in the world of book blogging? STAR RATINGS. Can we have a more confusing and nebulous aspect of reviewing books? I can talk to 100 different book bloggers and they’ll come up with 100 different rating systems. It’s not just blogging folks either – where we post these reviews? They only add to the confusion. A 2-Star rating on one website shares the same description of a 3-Star rating on another. Below is a comparison between Goodreads and Amazon, but I found the same differences/confusions with Barnes & Noble and CBD. I’m sure you’ll find them on others too.
Whether people use stars or catchy phrases, there’s all kinds of rating systems. The stars kill me. I don’t use a rating system on my blog. Before it was because I had a hard time adding a rating. Now, not only have my ideas on ranking change (I’m not ready for such a commitment ; ), but the viewpoints vary so much with people, I’m afraid folks might have a different vibe by simply looking at how many stars I give.
Even thinking back to my early blogging days (I kinda am embarrassed to admit this), if I thought the book was good, it got 5 stars. To which I must ask my two-year-ago self what was I thinking handing out 5 stars like candy canes at Christmas?
Maybe you haven’t thought too deeply into this, but I’ve become very protective of my 5 stars. Do any of you feel the same way?
And since I brought this all up, if I was forced to have a system, it would probably look something like this:
5 – I own a hard copy and e-copy and I demand you read it immediately! I probably won’t let you borrow my copy though, because there’s simply too much risk in losing it :). (Although please don’t hold my ratings from previous years against me ; )
4 – Excellent book, so happy to have had the chance to read it and I’d recommend it.
3 – I’m not sad I read it (there were some good qualities), but it also wouldn’t necessarily be my first recommendation.
2 – Meh
1 – This probably means I didn’t finish the book.
Also FOR THE LOVE OF KITTENS CAN WE GET .5 STAR RATINGS GOODREADS??
Alright, how about all of you? How do you handle star ratings? Do you stick with stars or do something a little different?