My last review (Neverland by Anna Katmore) got me thinking about ratings and reviews of books, so I decided to share my thoughts. Also, I’d especially love to hear your thoughts on this subject – as a reader, reviewer, blogger, and/or non-blogger. I feel bad, but I don’t review every book that I read. I don’t have enough time to review EVERY book. Plus sometimes, I’m not sure how to put into words (without spoilers) how I feel about certain books. I try to always rate the books I read, though. I use Goodreads.com mostly for my ratings and reviews of books, occasionally Amazon.com or BN.com (Barnes & Noble), and sometimes Smashwords.com or Booksamillion.com.
What websites do you typically use for your reviews/ratings of books?
Do you rate and/or review EVERY book that you read? What about books that you don’t finish? What about books that you don’t like? I haven’t been rating or reviewing books that I don’t finish. It’s rare that I don’t finish a book, but it has happened. I don’t rate or review them because sometimes I wonder if it’s just me –maybe I’m just not in the mood for this particular book, and so maybe I’ll try it again later. I rate books whether or not I like them; however, looking over my Goodreads stats – I tend to rate high. My average is 3 or 4 stars for books. My list of favorite and go-to authors is large and keeps growing, so I rarely read out of that comfort zone. I love those authors, so I usually (not always, though) love all their books. I think my stats for reading out of my comfort zone (new to me authors), is about 50/50 – for every new book I find that I love, there’s one that I don’t!
What are some things that make a book worth 4 or 5 stars to you? When do you give 2 or less stars? For me, if I: absolutely LOVE a book, find it incredibly entertaining, would read it again (and again), would recommend it to friends, start fangirling over it, etc, etc, etc – it’s 4 or 5 stars. If a book can’t hold my interest, falls flat, lacks a plot, etc, etc, etc – it’s 2 stars or less. If it falls somewhere in between – I liked it, it was entertaining, but probably won’t read it again – then 3 stars. I’m sure there’s more criteria, but basically, I base my ratings on how the book makes me feel and how it keeps my attention. I’m not picky on grammatical errors unless the book is full of them and becomes a distraction.
I read to be entertained!!
Do you find that your reviews/ratings follow the norm? Do you read reviews/ratings before purchasing or reading a book? This is what I’m really curious about. I thought I usually follow the norm, and I don’t usually read reviews before buying/reading a book unless it’s completely new to me. For instance, Neverland by Anna Katmore was a new-to-me book and author. I was looking for something different to read on my Kindle. I came across this book, and it sounded very interesting. Since I’ve never read anything by this author, I decided to read the reviews and check out the average rating. The reviews were highly favorable on both Goodreads and Amazon. The average rating on Goodreads is 4.19 stars and 4.50 stars on Amazon. I liked those stats, so I purchased the book for 99 cents. Now, I realize that no two people read the same book the same way – everybody has different opinions and feelings and that’s great. I know that my friends and I aren’t going to love or hate the same books – that’s what makes our discussions so interesting!! However, because my rating of this particular book was so different than the average ratings, I’m wondering if there’s something wrong with me, LOL!! I thought I followed the norm with my ratings, but I didn’t with this book. I’m okay with not following the norm, it just made me think about ratings and reviews, and I thought it would be an interesting blog subject. I’d love to hear your thoughts!!