Rating my books

November 14, 2018

As a book blogger I am constantly rating and reviewing Books. But I have always found one thing to be very difficult. I just can’t get to grips with the 5 star rating system that everybody loves to use.

Now like a lot of people I keep track of all my reading on Goodreads because it is an easy way to keep track of what you have read, what you still want to read and what you are reading at the moment. But there is one little thing that just irritates me very much. Whenever I have read a book they want me to Give it a rating.  I can choose between 0 and 5 stars, where 5 stars is the most perfect book I have ever read I guess.

But after reading a lot of books I find that most of them fall in the 3 star category, with so far only 1 book making it up to 5 stars, namely a Dutch book about the Second World War. 3 stars to me means “It’s just a great book” but that is just a little bit too easy for me. Because even in the 3 star category, one book is better than the other, but there is no way to express that at the moment. A lot of books are great, but 4 stars is just too much, but 3 stars is not quite enough.

Is there any rating system that is better? What kind of rating system gives me the possibility of rating in a different way? I used to have a rating system on this blog, but I deactivated it after some time because the top 5 books stayed the same for months and months. It was a nice list for sure, but seeing the same list for months is very boring.

Are there actually systems out there, better suited to the needs of avid readers like me? And in what way do you judge a book? The story, the characters, theme and even story development all play a role for me whenever I rate a book in my personal list. What do you use? Is it even necessary to rate books anymore when there are so many others out there doing the same thing?

If and when I need to choose my next book to read, I do like to see ratings by other people, but mostly people I already know and trust. Their opinions mean more to me, than some random stranger who thinks it was a great story. I have no idea if people even read this blog or my opinion about books, so what would my rating add? I have seen some really cool and unusual rating systems in some of Thewritereads blog of the day posts, but none that I think quite fit what I am looking for.

So far I have not discovered a system that works for me, but I am open to suggestions……..



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