Saturday, April 26, 2014
My Personal Book Rating System
I have been doing an awful lot of thinking lately about the way I do reviews, about the way I rate the books I read ... about The Gal in the first place. When I first began The Gal, I came up with a definition for my rating system and posted it here on my blog. But, for some reason (a reason I can't honestly tell you because I have no idea), I never actually posted my ratings on here. Maybe I wanted people to read the reviews and make their own decisions. *shrugs* I really don't know.
A couple of days ago, I had a conversation with a friend of mine. After that, I knew I had to re-think my rating system. This friend told me that he always takes a star away from any of my ratings and that if I give something a 3, he'll run for the hills. Why? Because I'm really nice.
I am. Too nice.
I came back to my blog and looked at what my rating system was. And I realized that I have not stuck to what I originally came up with.
Lately this is how I feel:
There are some books I read that I wish I could give a 6 star rating to. That tells me I hand out 5 star ratings too easily.
3 stars to me are a neutral - it was okay, but somebody else may love it. But I didn't, for whatever reason, so why am I rating a book on what others MIGHT think?
With some books, I like the story, but when I sit down to write the review, I can't think of anything to say about it. I mean, a complete blank. Shouldn't that be a lower rating then? If it doesn't thrill me enough to be able to write about it, then it doesn't matter if I merely liked the story, it wasn't something that stuck with me, and should be receiving a 3 or lower.
I am not as hard on YA writers for their writing. Shouldn't I be? I mean, yeah, they ARE written for the younger generations, but they should still write it well. My friend made a good point - we should be harder on these people because writers like that are showing the younger ones that bad writing is okay and it most certainly is not.
I feel like I have let others down - like I have let myself down - and I am disappointed in myself, especially now that I have had this conversation. (Note: He was not rude in any way and I am very glad that he brought this to my attention.) I have taken things that were just "satisfying" and believed they were "enjoyable," only to realize later that I was wrong. "Satisfying" is nice at the time, but it is not lasting, it does not stay with me. If I can't tell you what the book is about a couple of weeks after I read it, it definitely did not stay with me.
It is time to remember WHY I write these reviews - to tell people HONESTLY what I think of the book that I just read. THAT is why people read my reviews.
If you read my reviews, please take a moment to check out my Rating System under my Review Policy. And know that, from now on, my friend - he won't have to remove a star from every rating. (Except cookbooks - you can ALWAYS trust those ratings haha.)