Clo from Book Dragons is back today on the blog, discussing the second portion of her three-part-series on reviewing books. Take it from here, Clo!
We’re not all going to love the same books. We may end up disliking a book the vast majority loved, which is totally ok, you’re entitled to your opinion. Should this affect whether you post that review though?
One thing which has never bothered me, is posting negative or DNF reviews, I enjoy sharing my thoughts and opinions with whoever wants to read them. I also believe in highlighting the flaws in a book, along with the elements which worked well. As a book blogger and I guess an influencer, I write honest reviews and if I didn’t like a book for some reason. I’ll say so in my review, I ensure though I remind the reader that just because it didn’t work out for me. Doesn’t automatically mean, it’s not something they could enjoy. This isn’t a discussion focused on DNF and negative reviews (click to read my discussion post on that!)
We’re going to discuss if star ratings actually matter, as well as how we all have varying systems, to rate the books we read. If you want to know how I break down my star ratings and what I consider for each rating, then knock yourself out and read this post! But after reading this one first, ok?Generally how we rate our books varies from reader to reader and book blogger to book blogger. Generally though 3+ is an indication it’s ok/really good/amazing, of course that number may change if we rate out of 10 and not 5.
I know when I first started book blogging, and thought about posting reviews, I thought a lot about my rating system. I rate books from DNF through to 5 stars, including half stars where applicable. Personally I just couldn’t rate my books without half stars because I feel like there’s a difference between 4.5 and 5 stars. Whereas for others they may not see the need for half stars…which begs the question. If we all rate our books differently, how does this rating which is personal to us, help others?
A rating system will differ from blogger to blogger, generally though we all give 5 stars to books we loved; 3 stars to books which had more problem or fell short somehow. For publishers, authors, bookstores and other readers a star rating is invaluable. We all have out own methods for rating a book, a certain checklist for some of us whilst others may do it more on content. Our ratings all add together though on websites, to give an average rating, which is why they’re so important.
On our own, we’re just a book blogger who rates this book a 5 because we loved it, related to it and want to live in the world. On a website, our rating is lumped with everyone else’s, to give readers and the general public (who may not permanently live in the book world) an idea of how good the book is. A higher average rating, would indicate a better book, not always the case but that’s the idea.
What do we think then? Do we think ratings are important even though we may all have different systems? How do you rate your reads?