One star, two star, three star, four star, five star. As reviewers, we're so reliable on star ratings to help us convey how much we enjoyed a book. EVERYONE rates books on a different level. It could be based off of how much one enjoyed the book while another could base if off of how good the writing was. Over at Alexandra @ Literary Legionnaire's blog, she talked about why giving high ratings was okay. I have to admit, I do give pretty high ratings. Call my reviews BS or biased of whatever, but I'm here to set everyone straight because it is okay to give high ratings.
**WARNING: High controversial and opinionated**
My Average Rating of 2015 = 4.3 stars (accord. to Goodreads)
|Oh, I love you Robert..|
Tell us... why do you give books such high ratings?
Maybe I'm not such a good reviewer. Maybe I'm not critical enough to give a book a low rating. Some can even argue that because I give books such high ratings, I'm not cut out for this #bookbloggerlyfe.
Why do I give books high ratings? I have no clue. But as Alexandra stated in her post, I read books that I know I'll actually love and that sound super interesting to me. I don't think there's ever been a book I picked up that didn't interest me. If you recommend me something and I find zero interest in it, chances are I won't pick it up. I choose what sounds good to me! The cases in which I've given ratings lower than 3 have probably been review books, where I get sent unsolicited copies from publishers and decide to pick it up because of their generosity. I may not be 100% interested in it, but that doesn't mean I'm not willing to give that book a chance, even though it may receive a lower rating from me in the future.
Another point I want to make is that I simply don't like to post reviews about books I've given bad reviews on this blog. It's not because I'm afraid authors and publishers will see it and then they won't give me free books. Heavens, no. In fact, publishers love honest reviewers who are hardcore and straight to the point. I started this book blog without any knowledge of what an ARC was. I didn't even know what TBR stood for!
It's mainly due to the fact that if it's not good it's probably not worth hearing about. Some may disagree and say that if I gave it a bad rating, wouldn't it be nice to share so readers know to stay away? I've thought about that a few times but what would be the good in telling you about a book I hated. Wouldn't it be more beneficial for you to hear about the books I truly loved and recommend?
How I Write My Reviews
I put more effort into the writing that explains why I've given a book X amount of stars rather than the actual rating. So if you've ever read any of my reviews, you know that I like to do it in a sandwich method. I always start out with a brief summary of the book in my own words. This doesn't just make it easy for you guys to understand, but it also lets me outline everything that happened.
I then proceed in saying what I loved/liked/enjoyed about the book. This part is really open-ended, and I usually go into a wide variety of aspects from plot, to character development and to world-building. Once in a while, I'll add in quotes to enhance you're understanding and how the characters speak.
Then I will state the problems I came across. Any qualms (I love that word ;P) worth mentioning and basically anything that pissed me off. With the negatives, I like to point out what the author did that I didn't enjoy and leave a suggestion for improvement.
Sure, my reviews aren't perfect and 100% grammatically correct but my sole purpose of writing them is so that you could hear how a fellow fangirl feels about something you'd be interested in reading.
The slogan of my blog is "bee the reader you want to be". I didn't let that slogan pass for no reason. I think it's imperative that bloggers aren't judged too harshly on the number of stars they're rating a book but more on why they're giving it that rating. If I give a book 5 stars but I can tell you exactly why I rated it that high, then what's the real problem here?