GOODREADS RATINGS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR ME
Ok, so we know on my blog I do not rate books. If you are on the blog I liked your book – it is that simple!
However when I am logging in the books I have read or books I want to read on Goodreads there is always the need to rate the book once you have finished it.
The star rating means different things to different people, so to clarify I thought I would explain what each star rating means for me.
SO AUTHORS WHEN YOU SEE THIS RATING NEXT TO YOUR BOOK ON MY PROFILE, PLEASE REFER TO THIS GUIDE. IF YOU FEEL THE RATING IS NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED, PLEASE REFER TO THIS GUIDE – IT MAY HELP!
I don’t think I have ever rated a book one star but I would assume that I didn’t like it AT ALL. I wouldn’t even say a Do Not Finish qualifies as a ONE STAR.
It didn’t grab me from the get go but I continued to read it because I am not very good at leaving things unfinished.
This is the most controversial for me because ALMOST all the books I give three stars to I still really like. The best way to clarify a three star is to indicate the various things that come under the three star banner for me.
1 – I enjoyed the book
2 – It was an easy read
3 – I have read books with similar story lines and it may not have had anything that stood out to make it different from the rest
4 – Reading so many romance books means I am a HEA junkie, which also means storylines can sometimes be predictable; because I’ve read so many. HOWEVER this is more a reflection of me not the author. It just means I was able to predict the direction the book would go.
5 – Sometimes Im just not ready for the book to end where it did.
6. The HEA part felt rushed
7. Book was too long
8. Certain things about characters may have irked me.
I think this summarises my three star ratings. I feel it is important to understand that when I review books I do not pay attention to the things that I did not like in a book. I do not feel like it is my place to criticise. I blog to share the things I liked about the books I have read – I want people to experience the same feelings as me when reading and us to have things in common, hence why I only put reviews of books I like.
PLEASE REMEMBER THREE STARS ARE VERY MUCH A POSITIVE RATING FOR ME. I STILL REVIEW AND FEATURE ON THE BLOG THREE STAR RATINGS.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. Four stars means it was awesome and the only reason I gave it four stars is because it ended and I was not ready or there was a cliffhanger. Four stars can also mean I may not have liked certain things in the book that didn’t prevent me from enjoying it but prevented it from getting five stars. This rating definitely means I enjoyed the writing, the plot, the pace and characters.
Five Stars means I thought about your book long after it finished. Your book has made an impact on me in one way or another. I LOVED EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT IT. FEELS FEELS AND MORE FEELS!!!
So I hope this has helped people understand where I am coming from and understanding what the blog and it’s reviews are about. I do not feel I am in any position to criticise somebody’s life work.
People are different so are books.