This is a weekly feature I have decided to start this year. It will include the books I read in the past week and my thoughts on current book trends and topics (including movies/series based on books) and the books I want to read. I also want to talk about what other book bloggers are sharing or their opinion on anything bookish. I just felt like as a book community it will be nice for everyone to gather around once in a while and share what they love so much – books!
Last week as I was checking my ratings on Goodreads I realised am a very strict reviewer. I have rated only five or so books a five star and only some ten or so four stars. Rest all are three and few two and rare one star. I used to think am very generous till I realised am not.
How do you rate a book? For me if the writing is good half the battle is won. I don’t mind irritating characters for that’s part of the story and it could be different for all and some books have nothing happening in them and yet before you know the book is over. So that’s a plus too. But what’s really important is that I need to feel connected and awed by the story.
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For example one of the five stars I have given to is The Ascendance Trilogy. I don’t know why when I think about it now but at the time I was captivated by Jaron’s journey to recapturing his kingdom and his worthiness for it. It was nothing ‘magical’ which I really like but it was heartfelt. An adventure through his eyes. I guess I was impressed to give it a full five. Where as books like ‘The last time I lied’ or ‘The outsider’ definitely deserves five stars yet I have rated them only a four. Sometimes I truly don’t understand what drives me.
Another point is I rate them differently on Amazon and Goodreads. Mostly because when it comes to buying a book a five star can make all the difference unlike in Goodreads which only has the job of grabbing your attention.
Do you change your ratings later on when after a distance you feel maybe you should have rated it higher or lower? I haven’t but there’s a chance I would if I re-read it, which is next to impossible these days.
So there you go. A glimpse into my mindset regarding ratings. I guess it’s all down to what I feel at that moment coupled with the last impressions of the book.
What about you? What’s your process behind ratings? Do share in the comments below!