When I first started blogging I gave books I reviewed a rating out of five. I’d been giving books a star rating on other sites and so just carried this on. But I found a 1-5 rating limiting. Sometimes there’d be just something stopping a book being 4 stars for example but 3 stars seemed too low, and so I introduced .5 rating too.
But I still struggled with this. What if I gave five stars to a book, then read something I loved EVEN more…how could I show this in my rating system? I also wondered about peoples perception of a rating. Three to me is good, I liked it and two would be an ok read. but do others think the same? It doesn’t seem to be universal to me. I barely ever give 1 star, mainly because I’m the type of reader who just can’t force myself to finish a book I’m not enjoying.
So I stopped rating at all and decided that by saying what I liked and didn’t like in a review a possible reader could decide themselves whether it was something they’d want to read. After all, something that would cause a book to drop a star for me may not be an issue for someone else. Obviously on sites like Goodreads and Amazon I still have to give a rating out of five but I really struggle with this sometimes and can swap between two ratings a few times before deciding on one.
But what do you think? Do you think it’s necessary to give a book some kind of rating? As a review reader do you prefer seeing a mark out of five? If you do use a rating system how do you decide on the criteria for each mark?