For anyone who has followed my blog for a while you may have noticed something …..
I have never rated a book below 3 stars.
In fact, I rarely rate books at 3 stars. I’m usually a 4 or 5 star person.
You might be wondering how this could be. Nicole, wasn’t there ever a book you couldn’t stand? Wasn’t there a book that just completely disappointed you? The answer would be no. And here’s why:
- I don’t read critiques of books before I pick them up. By anyone. Even other blogs. I may glance at a rating given to a book but I won’t read a persons thoughts. This way I don’t know what other people thought of the book before I start reading it. It’s incredibly difficult to do sometimes and you can’t help but have people tell you how much they loved or were disappointed by a book once you start it but I avoid the reasons why they loved/were disappointed by the book.
- I go in with absolutely no expectations. I read a lot of reviews for books that people didn’t like and a lot of them include phrases like “I expected it to be like (insert book title here” or even “I heard it was like (book title) but it really wasn’t” or even “It was like a worse version of (book title)”. I try oh so very hard not to compare books to each other. I feel like it is unfair to compare books to each other so I do my best not to.
- I don’t DNF books. I don’t know how the book is going to end. What if the end is what boosts it from a 2 star to a 3 star? Had I stopped reading Dorothy Must Die when I thought it was getting stupid I never would have read the end which, more or less, earned it the rating it got. Maybe it’s just a halfway decent first book to set up better books later on. I don’t know so I want to give it every opportunity to earn a decent rating.
- I read at my own discretion. I don’t read a book unless it interests me. If the description of the book doesn’t interest me then I don’t read it. Plain and simple. To me, it doesn’t matter that everyone loves it, if it doesn’t interest me I won’t think twice about it.
How I rate books:
There’s a few things I think about when I rate books …. Okay I don’t actually consider my rating thoroughly when I rate them. When I finish a book I immediately go on Goodreads and click whichever rating feels right. And I’ve never changed a rating. That’s why I rate and write reviews right away, I feel like they should be in the moment. Because you can always find things wrong if you sit there and really think about it.
Do you have a set system? Or are you more like me and kinda just go with your gut reaction when rating a book?