This a Sunday feature here where we discuss specific topics related to books and the blogosphere.
Let’s talk star ratings!
To rate or not to rate…that’s the question. For those of us that review books, an ultimate opinion is expected. That may come in many forms but it’s a staple of any review. However, I’m finding the use of a rating measurement isn’t always part of a review.
I’m on Goodreads and use the five star rating system. It would be nice if half stars were part of their structure but it doesn’t look likely that we’ll ever see that change. Those who use the rating system have their own personal guidelines they apply consistently so you’d have to become familiar with their review styles or refer to their profiles to understand their criteria for assigning a rating. I actually have a few friends who write reviews but won’t rate the books. And that’s where I’d like to focus.
Some bloggers will assign a star rating (I do) and others don’t. I’d never thought about it until I noticed their absence. If you read the reviews, most of the time you’ll get a very good sense of the bloggers opinion of the book. The absence of a star rating shouldn’t really matter but if you’ve come to rely on or expect them, you look for that number.
I’d never even thought about it until they weren’t there. Rating a book was so ingrained in my thinking it became second nature. I still think I need to continue including a rating because it’s part of my overall assessment. I make big distinctions between a 4 and 5 star book and anything under 3 stars is a book I didn’t enjoy on any level. A 1 star rating means I didn’t finish the book (I don’t really DNF a book so there’s only one with that rating on my shelf). So, I think if I stopped using the star rating my reviews would tell you enough. Just something I’ll have to think about.
- I’d love to know your thoughts and points of view on using star ratings, or not.
- I’d also like to know if you include books on your blog that didn’t really work for you and if that factors in your decision to not use a rating.
- I’d also love feedback from readers’ points of view.