I love books. I’m crazy, mad obsessed with books and I buy scads and read heaps… though truthfully the reading has slowed down since I launched this site. *head/desk* The whole purpose of The Book Tart was to share my love of reading, meet readers, find new books to read, and of course The New Fiction Release Database so that I could know what books are coming out on what days. But the reviewing thing is making me question myself. Maybe I need to reevaluate my system… Aack!
Ok, here’s the thing, I don’t really pay attention to stars. Unless they are sparkling with sequins or you can wish on them. I am the girl who enjoys 2 star reviewed movies, and even the occasional 1 star will be a movie I personally get a kick out of. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reading book reviews and seeing what they enjoyed or what bugged them about a book… But the stars aren’t really an influence for me. So, I haven’t given stars, or in my case, if I did give something
numerical ummm quantifiable? Countable? it would be cherries :p anyway, I haven’t given them on my reviews posted here on The Book Tart. I’ll tell you I loved the book and why. But I get that stories are subjective and every reader brings something of themselves to the story so my loves might not be yours. And I’m totally ok with that. I just like to talk books. I really like to TALK books, which is why I vlog, so I can just spaz out and tell you about a book I just read. Almost every book I read is one I loved while I was reading it and I want to tell my friends about because I enjoyed the read and I’ll say, if you like YA paranormal, you should really try The Never Prayer or if you enjoy contemporary romance pick up Cari Quinn’s No Flowers Required. They are great books! And then I go and post my review on Goodreads or Amazon and you have to give a rating. GGGRRRR! I don’t wanna! *stomps foot* I really don’t. But I mostly give 4s cause if I HAD to break it down it would be something like this
1= did not finish
2= ok, readable, but problematic
3= good, I liked it and would read a sequel
4= I loved it! you should read this book!
5=Adding it to my all time favs! It has an indefinable something that resonated with me.
I really wish Goodreads and Amazon etc. let you give halfsies, like a 4.5 or honestly a 3.5 sometimes. There’s a book that if I posted the review I would not give it a 4… But I’ve heard that a 3 is the kiss of death. Is that true? Do you look at reviews and if a book has 3s you pass it by? Should I rethink my system and start giving more 5s? I’m really feeling torn. I truly love the books I give 4s but I don’t want to misrepresent or harm the book. And now I’m feeling really lame cause, I’ve only done a few reviews and who do I think I am that my opinion matters?! *sigh*
But I honestly want your feedback. How do you view star ratings and do you ever give a 3 or under? What are your thoughts on this conundrum?
(((hugs))) The Queen of Tarts