A large part of reviewing books is rating them. Whether that means giving them a star rating, number out of ten, percentage etc, we all do it and it is a way to easily express what we thought of the book. We can rate books in many different ways, but what is the best way?
Experience of Writing?
When rating a book out of five stars, we are only allowed to give it one rating so we have to decide on how much we liked or disliked it...but liked and disliked about what?
Imagine you read a book that you thought was absolutely amazing because it was really funny and entertaining, but the writing was awful and all over the place. Do you rate it lower because of the writing? Or make it higher because of the experience?
If you decide to go in the middle (say you rated experience 5 stars and writing 3 stars) and put it as a four star book, do you feel like you're doing wrong by this? Here is a conversation that I usually have with myself when rating a book:
Lily: Okay, I really enjoyed this book but the writing wasn't the best...I'll give it 3.5 stars...
Lily: But wait...What if people think I didn't like the book????? I did really like the book!!!! It's just the writing... Okay, I'll bump it up to 4 stars.
Lily: How can I give it four stars when I hated the writing??????????????????????
Lily: How can I give it three stars when I loved this book???????????????????
I may be the only person that does that, but I find it hard deciding whether to rate the book on experience or writing.
Personal opinion or General opinion?
When rating and reviewing a book, everyone has their own personal opinion and more times than not, someone out there will hate that book you love or vise versa.
So when you are reviewing do you rate and review the book based on your own opinion or a general opinion? By this I mean do you review it discussing the things that you liked or the things that you think other will like about the book?
An example of this is when I read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey I really did not like the book but I could see why other people did and I could see that if I recommended it to someone, they would enjoy it. But do I rate/review it based on my personal opinions or general opinions?
Sometimes when I read a book that is by a certain author or in a certain genre I find myself comparing it to the other books in that genre or by that author. I really don't like it when I do this because all books are different and all authors strive to achieve different things with their books so when I compare books I keep having to remind myself that this is not the same book as what I am comparing it to and I should rate this book based on this book itself not based on another book.
At the same time, I can see that it can be good to compare books when rating and reviewing but I just can't do it!
Rating DNF'd Books
I don't really have much to say here but I have a question for you, Do you think you should rate DNF'd books?
That's all for this post! I hope you enjoyed and I'll see you again soon!