Have you noticed and pondered why I don’t put actual point based ratings on my reviews? Well there are a bunch of reasons for that, and I want to share them with you guys! And I also really want to hear your thoughts on the whole review process!
If you are anything like me and like to spend more time “researching” a book than actually reading it, then you will be prowling the review sections of each book you plan to read. While this is a great way to get an understanding of the book, low star/point ratings often quickly deter people from reading it. If the average rating is below 4 or 5 stars, why should you read this book? Obviously it’s not an “amazing” book based off of what everyone else thinks. This is something I refer to as “sheep mentality” and I want it to stop! What is a 5 star read for you might not be a 5 star read for me and vice versa. So, I don’t want these low ratings to sway anyone from trying out a book, who knows it may mean you missed an amazing potential favorite!
What do I mean by it’s published? I’m sure a lot of you are thinking, “man, just because it’s published doesn’t it’s a good book!” And that could very well be the truth. BUT, I want you to consider the author while you’re rating these books. The author will see all of these ratings, and after spending potentially years writing this book it can be extremely disheartening to see negative and low ratings. Now, that doesn’t mean you should pretend to like the book. There is a way to say what you felt without completely bashing everything the author worked towards. And sometimes it’s best to follow that age old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
We all have different tastes and are going to like different things. This is one of the reasons why star ratings vary SO MUCH in every review section. One person may give a book 1 or 2 stars, while another may give it 5 stars. So, are star ratings really accurate when so many people think different things? I think not, I think it is up to each and every person to come to their own conclusions. NOW, this doesn’t mean I don’t think reviews aren’t important. They are, they’re really important. They help bring awareness to books and they’re a way for people to gush with one another on how they felt about the book. Reviews help foster the conversation that us bookworms often lack.
I pose this issue to you: high ratings cause overly hyped books. You know those books that all of a sudden you see EVERYWHERE and seemingly EVERYONE is raving about it? That’s over hype. Is this a bad thing? NO! It’s amazing to see so many people talking about loving a book (plus it’s really awesome for the author)! I mean, this is how legends are born. But, how many of these people actually truly loved the book versus how many people felt that they had to love it because everyone else does. This goes back into our “sheep mentality” issue and I challenge people to not let everyone else sway you into feeling guilty about not being absolutely in love with a book. I feel like I can speak for us all when I say each and every person has probably felt this way at some point.
So, those are my thoughts, feelings, and rants on star ratings. Let me know what you think! Do you agree? Did I raise any points you never thought about? Do you think I’m absolutely insane for what I just wrote?