I don’t use any kind of rating system for my book reviews. I considered it once. I thought I should have some sort of numerical conclusion to my reviews, so I decided to use the rating system at Goodreads because it seemed pretty simple and easy to use. I even updated all my book reviews to reflect the rating. Less than ten minutes later I ended up taking it out. Meh.
I just don’t like doing those ratings. If I could skip it I would, but then most of you know you have to do them every time you post a review on Goodreads and Amazon. And I know it helps authors with their ratings, book sales and what not, so I don’t want to sacrifice a review just because I don’t like rating systems. Meh.
I’m fairly new at book blogging and I realized a few things about how I do my reviews.
I’m pretty conservative when it comes to ratings. I rate most books as 3 stars and only reserve 4 or 5 for those books that I really felt strongly about. I don’t like giving anything lower than 3–I don’t think I’ve ever given a rating lower than 3. I feel that anything lower than 3 pulls the book’s entire rating down and I don’t like the idea.
I tend to be nice in my written reviews. I may point out things I didn’t care for or I may say that I had a hard time reading the book, but I never say anything too negative and I always try to balance it out with something positive. I don’t know if it’s my psychology or consulting background at work, but that’s just how my reviews come out. I like my reviews balanced, but sometimes it results to an inconsistency between my written review and my rating. I realized this a few of days ago when I was going through my reviews at Amazon and there were a couple of comments on one. The comments basically pointed out that for such a good review I only gave the book a 3-stars rating. I went over my review again and thought maybe the book did deserve more than 3 stars. Meh.
Crap. There. I don’t like rating systems because they make me inconsistent! :P No, seriously, I’m not much of a rater. I’m indecisive and can be a pushover. I don’t like putting in a 3 when everyone else is a 4. Hah. I know, I suck.
Anyway, I don’t really I intend to make major changes to how I do reviews. I like my nice and trying-to-be-balanced written reviews. In my last couple of reviews I just included a things I liked and things I didn’t like bit at the end. I will just try to be fair and honest with the numerical ratings. Meh.
What do you think about rating systems in book reviews?
How many MEH’s can you say in one post?