By revamping it I mean my own. And it won’t change much.
I have this little habit of giving virtually everything I read a high rating. There is a reason to this and when I give this reason, know that I don’t mean to offended anybody.
When reading I put in a lot of effort to enjoy the book. I don’t spend time thinking about the things I briefly noticed I didn’t like, but a lot of time focusing on the things I did like even if there are less of those than there are of things I did like.
Books such as those, generally earn a three star or a four star rating from me.
From there, any book I generally enjoy gets a 5 star rating.
But, in my head, there is a HUGE difference in how I feel about books, one I want to try and start incorporating into my actual rating and reviews.
There are books that I read and after I read them I feel absolutely euphoric like I’m on top of the world, best books I’ve ever read, I love, love, love, love it. Like “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” or “Prince’s Gambit”. Those books were AMAZING.
While I hate lower ratings, I do think they’re necessary.
To be honest, I have a lot of trouble receiving criticism and I have a lot of trouble getting it and I’m hoping that if I get better at giving criticism (as long as it remains constructive) then I may become better at receiving it as well.
My, personal, revamping of my rating system will probably happen this summer when I start to read more series and such.
I’ll try to be more open, I guess, about the ratings I give.
As much as I love reading and I try to give everything a high rating to it feels “included” there have been a lot of times where I find myself looking back and going “shit, that is not the rating I really wanted to give that.” Or basically just realizing the book wasn’t as great as I initially thought it was.
As of right now, I’m trying to sketch out how I want this rating system to work for me, which brings me to a certain point: rating systems are people’s own.
There’s the classic 5-Star, which I try to abide by because I think it makes it simpler for some people.
There are times in which I wish it was on a larger scale so I had more wiggle room and didn’t have to restore to decimals to get my point across.
But, again, ratings mean different things for different people. They rate books in such a way that they can get their point across to whoever is reading that review. They rate in such a way that makes sense to them.
For me, it used to be, I really liked this book, five stars. But reading more and more, recently I’ve realized there is a difference between like and love and adoration, I feel different things with different books, putting them on a different level from other books.
Same goes with everyone else. A five star and one star have different meanings for different people.
People have ways of telling what a book is to them.
Usually, on Twitter, I see a lot of lower ratings or some people like me who constantly put out higher ratings.
But I was going through the other day and I saw a Tweet from Cait from Paper Fury (and a few others but hers just stuck out in my mind) talking about how AMAZING it was to read a five-star book.
That and a few other factors lead me to go “wow, I feel that, but I definitely haven’t felt that for most of the books I’ve rated five stars.”
Thus, me trying to revamp my rating system.
Out of Cat-ish curiosity, how do you rate books?
Peace and love,