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.
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!