5 Star Ratings: Am I Using Them Too Much?//Discussion

Hi guys! Welcome to my first discussion post! I’m honestly quite nervous for this because I’m never sure I’ll be able to write great content in discussion posts, but I’ve had a few people ask me to start doing these type of posts so I thought I’d take the leap!

Before I start, I got this idea from my friend Olivia. Her post is very insightful and I love her opinion on this matter, so I decided that I want to share my own.

I’ve struggled with this question for almost as long as I have been avidly reading, so about 3 years. When I first started reading as much as I do now, I read books such as THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY by Veronica Roth, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS by Cassandra Clare, and THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY by Suzanne Collins. Back then I basically rated everything 5 stars, with the exception of  4 stars to ALLEGIANT and CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS. I have now gone through Goodreads, and a few of these books have gotten super low ratings from me compared to what my original ratings were.

When I was younger, I definitely wasn’t as critical as I am now (and I’m still pretty easily pleased). Back then, I rated almost everything 4 and 5 stars, even if the books had major flaws. I either didn’t notice the flaws, or I ignored them because I felt as though I was being “mean” by giving a rating lower than 4 stars.

I do have to admit, though, that I’m still pretty easy. I’ve decided that I really want to make my ratings more thought out. I have made myself a new system to follow, and hopefully I’ll pull through with it.

My system:

5/5 stars: Flawless, a favourite.

4/5 stars: Really good, a few dislikes/problems with the book.

3/5 stars: Average, not very interested or intrigued.

2/5 stars: Below average, some thins were okay but not many likes about it.

1/5 stars: Didn’t like at all.

Lately, I do think that I’ve been following my system better. I believe that I always gave so many books 5 stars because I was on a high from finishing them. Now I actually take time and think about how I’ll rate it, instead of instantly rating the book as soon as I finish reading the last page. 

Other than my rating system, I think about some factors that play a major part in the enjoyment of the books I read. (This is what I always consider now instead of rating the book right after I finish). 

  • Did I love/go crazy about the characters? This is a major one for me, I truly believe that characters are one of the biggest things that play into how much I liked the book.
  • Did I constantly feel like picking up the book every spare second I had? If the answer is no to this, the book usually won’t be a 5 star book.
  • Is the book diverse? I usually only pick books ahead of time knowing that they’re diverse. I basically only read diverse books now, and I’ve noticed that my enjoyment level is way higher with them. They’re just so much better.
  • Writing Style. This isn’t a big one, but sometimes the writing style can be boring or off for me, and that can bump the rating down a bit. (Or bump it up if I love the style).
  • Was the writing/story telling aspect unique and fresh, or something I’ve seen before? This also isn’t a big one for me, but if the writing and story telling is strong, I’m bound to like it more.

Well, I think that’s all I have to talk about on this topic! I hope you enjoyed this post.

What are factors that go into your ratings? Do you think you give too many 5 star ratings or are you hard to please? Let me know in the comments! 

Thanks for reading!

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9 thoughts on “5 Star Ratings: Am I Using Them Too Much?//Discussion

  1. I definitely agree with you about rating diverse books. I try to be judicious about giving out 5 stars.

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.


  2. I very rarely give out 5 stars, they only go to books that are my new favourites and for some reason it takes a lot for a book to hit that. I’ve become quite harsh in my ratings this year, I think ahahaa 😆


  3. I was definitely way less harsh when I was younger. I would also tend to rate a classic higher than my actual enjoyment of the book, which is something I’m working on correcting now. I definitely rate diverse books higher – both because I tend to enjoy them more, and because I want to promote diverse books in general. I feel like a diverse book has to do a lot wrong for me to give it less than 4 stars, and generally if it’s a diverse book with 3 or fewer stars, it’s written by a non-marginalized writer and isn’t well done.


  4. Love this discussion! I always find I’m way too nice when reviewing anything. I thought it was because I am a new blogger, but in reality I just see the good in everything so all my reviews end up looking way too positive haha!


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