This is a very long-coming post. Usually, when people start a book blog, rating protocol is one of the first things they think about. Afterall, that is what you will be doing for the most part of the blog – reviewing and rating books. On almost every blog you can find the rating system and its explanation to help people situate themselves within the wide array of stars, roses, tea cups and other symbols picked by thousands of book bloggers.
It took me over a year to figure out what exactly I want my ratings to represent.
Now that I feel more or less confident about it, I can finally share the concealed thoughts behind those stars with all of you!
Firstly, If you have been following me for a while, you know that I stick to GoodReads’ rating system in terms of using from 1 to 5 stars and no half measures.
Secondly, I usually try to look for negative and positive things about the book, I’ve even started doing the Pros vs Cons table for some of my reviews to summarize my experience.
So, here is how my review system looks:Step #1:
The scale represents the positive and negative things that stood out for me which helps decide what rating to give to the book, depending whether the book tips the scale or it stays even.
However, this is not always accurate and I had to take my feelings into consideration while reading the book. Did I enjoy it? Was it captivating? Was it a quick read for me? Did it make me feel anything at all?
And this is when the thumbs up and down come into place. The book under reviewing can have many negative things that outweigh the positives, but I might have enjoyed it quite a lot. Maybe it made me think about things I haven’t given a deeper thought before, or it made me smile, or cry. Then I’d give it a little bit higher rating.
I was rating books mostly intuitively and often there was this problem of: “So many things were wrong, but I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH! What do I do now?!”For me, this system has been working for almost a year and represent most accurately my objective and subjective opinions on the particular book.
Hopefully, the system didn’t take too long to make sense!
How would you explain your rating system? Do you rely purely on your emotions? Let me know in the comments down below!