The A to Z Challenge is an annual blogging challenge. It isn’t restricted to book blogs – all kinds of blogs can participate. It takes place every year in April and during that month you have to write a post on the designated days (all except Sundays). These posts must have some correlation to the letter of the day. So, there will be a total of 26 posts starting from the letter A and ending with Z. Here is a list of all my posts.
Today I wanted to talk a little bit about star ratings. You might have noticed that some book bloggers don’t use star ratings when reviewing a book and some do. I’ve even read a few posts from people who don’t generally use star ratings explaining why they don’t. The usual reason is that they don’t like putting books into “categories” and two books might end up having the same star rating when the level of how much they like these two books is very different.
I can totally understand those reasons and sometimes (if not most of the times) it’s quite hard to rate a book. It’s true that you’re putting it in a category with other books when they might be quite different to one another (on the level of how much you liked them).
On the other hand I find star ratings absolutely useful. When I read a review it’s always the first thing I look for. It gives me an idea of whether the person loved the book, liked it, thought it was ok, disliked it, or hated it. It just gives a general idea and then I can go ahead and read the rest of the review or skim through it. I can also deal with it if there’s a general “I liked it”, or “I would recommend it” at the end of the review. But if there’s nothing it kind of bugs me a little. I tend to skim through a lot of the reviews I read and I like having an idea if it’s a good book or not without having to read the whole review.
I also find star ratings very useful on goodreads. Ever since I discovered that site I always take a look before I buy a book or before I even add it to my to-read list. And I have to admit I don’t usually add books with a rating lower than 3.5 stars. It would need to have a very interesting cover, or synopsis, or a good review from someone I’m friends with on goodreads.
So I will probably continue using star ratings on my reviews as well, but I’d like to know what you think about it too.