Hey guys! It’s only the second day of March and it’s already rained, snowed, hailed and the the sun came out to play for a bit. Only in the UK everyone.
Anyway, I don’t think I normally do discussion posts on Wednesdays- I guess I’m just more deep at the the end of the week. But this question or topic really is one I’ve been thinking about for a while so I thought I might as well capitalise on it today!
So, how do you rate?
On the topic of rating books the waters can become a little sketchy as everyone has there only like way of rating books. The reason why I feel more interested then I really should do about this topic is because I am the minority when I use the .25, .5, .75 when rating a book.
Let’s start with the basics first:
1 star– Hated the book.
2 stars– Disliked the book, but had one or two elements that I liked that made me not out-rightly hate the book.
3 stars– Liked the book overall but had a few things that I didn’t like.
4 stars– I really enjoyed reading the book and one found tiny things that made me not give it 5 stars.
5 stars– Loved reading the book and found near to nothing wrong with it!
This is the basic rating system I work with at the moment which I think is relatively ‘normal’. Now the decimal points.
Each one is kind of influenced by the numbers that surrounds it. For example a 4.75 would mean that it was a really really great book, but maybe the romance just wasn’t that good or the start of the book was a bit slow. But a 3.75 would mean that it’s was really solid and good but the one or two things that I didn’t like irked a little too much slightly.
I guess the decimal system is a little hard to explain as it’s more of an emotionally based thing but I think a like them. For me, just dishing out 1,2,3,4 and 5 would not be enough for me, I would want to differentiate the books I read more.
Rating is not only just important to the rater but to readers that read your review which is why this topic has plagued me slightly. If a person sees that a book is 2.75, their idea of a 2.75 could be vastly different to me, making that rating not really useful.
I don’t know you guys, the decimals are my best pals but I don’t want people to become confused/misunderstood over them.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic and about the rate system you use for when you are reviewing books!
I’ll write soon!