Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Reviews and Ratings

Sometimes I think I'm too lenient when reviewing and rating books that I've read.

I look back at a book and wonder...did I really like it that much?? I also think sometimes once the 'novelty' of the book wears off a bit, and I think about it more, I might change my mind a little bit too. I have a hard time rating things low. Usually there is at least one redeeming quality about a book, even if I didn't love everything about it. I see other blogs that have different rating systems, or that rate several different things about it - characters, writing, plot...etc. I think I'm just too lazy to do all of that.

When I look back and see a book that I really loved rated the same as a book that I thought was just ok...I realize that my system is a little off! I guess it's just hard to convey these things through a 5 point rating system. I don't think I've ever rated below a 3. I try to rate each book independently, not compared to any other book too.

Oh well. I'm going to continue to rate out of 5, because I don't feel like starting a new system right now. But just take it all with a grain of salt I guess...


  1. I know what you mean! Sometimes I go back and can't believe I gave a book a 4 or a 5 especially after reading a book I loved. But then again I figure maybe there was something I really liked about it back then that I just can't recall. My bad memory was one of the reasons I started listing all the books I read and reviewing them.

  2. I know what you mean! when I started my rating I flip flopped.I'm still unsure but I guess I'll let it grow on me.that or I'll change it eventually.

  3. I feel the exact same way. Often I look at two books that I gave the same rating and realize I liked one of them much better than the other. But maybe it's like grading papers - essays can be really strong in one area and weak in another and still get a "C" - the "C" range is just a really big range.