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One of the things I find interesting is how most book reviewers rate book, but for everyone the same ratings can mean different things. I’ve seen a lot of posts about ratings, but I still wanted to address my opinion on the matter and what my ratings exactly mean as those star ratings are a bit vague. So today I wanted to address how I rate my reviews and what those ratings means to me.
What do my ratings mean?
- 5 Star. 5 star book are books I loved. It can be because I just really enjoyed reading it or it had elements I love in books. I try to be carefull with giving out 5 stars as I want a 5 star to reflect the book was really outstanding in my opinion. 5 star books are those book that really grabbed my while reading and probably will stay with me for a long time. Concernign which books I recommend the most those are obviously 5 star ratings, but a fair share of 4 star ratings as well. Book I rated 5 stars always get featured in my best books of the year post and when someone asks for recommendation they probably come to mind first. Still there’s a lot of difference in the books I gave 5 stars and I can love different elements in books I give 5 star. Often I also feel like the 5 star rating isn’t really rationaly explainable, the books just feels better then what I normally read. It made a bigger impression on me and if I ever decide to re-read books it will probably be those 5 star books I come back to. While I love 5 star books there stil can be things I didn’t like. For example I couldn’t connect with Tris in Divergent, but I enjoyed the book enough to still give it 5 stars.
- 4 Star. 4 star books are books I liked. I think In general I give out mostly 4 stars books, which makes sense as I generally hope to read books I enjoy. I am not picky with giving out 4 star ratings, but I do feel like there’s a clear difference in a bok that receives a 4 star rating compared to a 3 star rating. A 3 star book is missing something that a 4 star book does have. 4 star books are generally books I enjoy and probably will read the rest of the series. I might even consider joining a street team for 4 star books. So while 4 star books aren’t a 5 star books, they still are pretty enjoyable and good books. I would gladly recommend these books to others. There are usually a few things I didn’t like or just could be done better. In most cases it just feels like that while these books are good, they just don’t reach that 5 star feeling of having read an extremely good book.
- 3 Star.Ah the dreaded 3 stars. There is so much to say about this rating and it’s a rating that get’s talked about a lot. Is a 3 star rating negative? No I don’t think so. A 3 star rating means an okay book for me, but it can also be a book I was disapointed in, often in the case of when I dislike a book by an author whoms book I usually love. Often my 3 star books reviews feel more negative I have more things to complain, but overal I still enjoyed the book and/ or thought there were some good thigns about it. It was just missing something to make it a 4 star rating. It really depends on the book whether I will continue the series. I might recommend these books, but they probably won’t be the first to come to mind. So usually 3 star ratings aren’t negative, but I can have a lot of issues with the books and in the case of a book I was disapointed it the review can be fairly negative as I compare it with the rest of the serie,s but the book itself is still good enough to deserve the 3 star rating.
- 2 Star. 2 star books are book I didn’t enjoy. The leave me feeling sad and sometimes wondering why I didn’t DNF them. 2 star books are hard to read and I often struggle through them. While I might enjoy parts of the book I probably have more complaints than praise. I don’t give out a lot of 2 star ratings since I gotten better at DNF’ing books, but they still happen. These books are books I probably won’t recommend and if this is a first book by an author I probably won’t be eager to read anymore of their books. If it’s by an author whom’s book I did previously enjoyed I probably won’t continue the series, but I might check out their other series. I don’t get happy when I have to give out this rating. 2 star ratings are often negative reviews and I mention a lot of issues and thigns I didn’t like, but I also take care to mention those thigns that I did like.
- 1 Star. I don’t think I ever gave a book a 1 star rating. In my opinion if a book would deserve this rating I probably wouldn’t finish it. I can’t see a reason why I would dislike a book so badly that I will finish it, but really didn’t like it. And as I don’t rate DNF books I never gave out this rating. I don’t think I ever posted this lonely 1 star rating anywhere beside this post.
- DNF. DNF books are books I did not finish. I won’t go into much detail as I have planned another post about that topic, but basically these are books I didn’t enjoy enough to continue and for some reason decided to put the book down. I sometimes have trouble deciding whether to DNF or not, but I’ve gotten better and prefer DNF’ing a book than reading a book I don’t enjoy.
To rate or not to rate?
While I do give ratings to books I think my reviews more adequately define what I liked about the and not and why. You can’t adequately sum up a review of multiple words in one rating. And even within the same rating there is much variation, not two 5 stars are alike and they can have received that rating for very different reasons. So yes I believe my reviews are more important and have more value then my rating, but I still rate my books. So you would wonder why do I keep rating my books then? Because I believe that a rating can give a general indication of how much I enjoyed a book and together with the conclusion section of my review you can get a good feel of my opinion and thought without having to read the whole review. So those who don’t have the time or motivation to read my whole review can still get an idea of my opinion easily. Maybe I also rate becasue that’s what everyone else does and sites like Goodreads and Amazon require ratings and I don’t really see the harm or problem with ratings. I don’t think there is anything wrong with rating books, but I do think ratings are very broad and don’t tell you everything I thought about the book. So I do rate books, but I still value my reviews more.