Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Sometimes I Give Three Stars for NO Reason
Ratings. I've talked before about how I have such a hard time with them. The thing is, I can't seem to figure out why. Before I blogged, or read AS much as I do now, I don't feel like this was an issue. I would go on Amazon or B&N (I didn't know about Goodreads then) and rate books and I found it easy. It was either "OMG I LOVE IT"- 5 stars or it was "Meh, didn't like it very much at all"-2 stars. 1 star was for hate with a fiery passion of 10 burning suns and 4 stars equaled really really like, but the ending didn't go the way I wanted it to. Now I feel like there are SO many more factors thrown and it hurts my head and then I just end up giving 3 stars all the time.
Okay, so not ALL the time, but I've been realizing I tend to throw out those 3 stars for virtually no reasons. I look at all the 3 star books I've rated on Goodreads and I definitely don't have similar feelings for them. If they're all in the same 3 star category, shouldn't they be there for similar reasons??? Anymore I feel like I've been doing this whole thing:
Me: Okay, I finished this book..... I definitely didn't love it.
Me: I kind of hated it.
Other Me: But it had SO MUCH POTENTIAL. And there was that really cool character.
Me: BUT the writing!!!!!
Other Me: But I never wanted to stop reading it, so that counts for something, right?
Other Me: Oh, and I totally laughed during that funny part. HAHAHA, okay that part was f-ing funny.
Me: Oh Lord, I don't know!!!
Me: Okay---- 3 Stars
Shouldn't I have set parameters? Like this:
5 Stars- OMG LOVE
4 Stars- SO love, but one thing held me back
3 Stars- ???? This should be something!!!
2 Stars- Don't like, but it could be worse.
1 Star- Worse.
See where that 3 star holds me up??
After 4 years of reviewing I should know what a 3 star book is. So why don't I? I'm probably just over thinking it, but DAMN IF I'M NOT DRIVING MYSELF CRAZY.
I know books can be given a rating for a multitude of reasons, but I want to FEEL the same towards all my 2 stars, all my 4 stars, and so on. I don't FEEL the same way about my 3 star books. It's hard to explain what this feeling is, but it's just there.
I think the main thing is, I don't like giving ratings. I'm bad at it. I'm always wanting to give half stars and changing my mind a month or so later and adjusting. I need them though because I know I always feel like I can't truly know how much a person liked (or didn't like) a book without seeing their rating.
Do you have any rating advice?? What does 3 star mean to you? Do you ever doubt your ratings later on?