I got thinking about this recently and, you know, it’s so funny because I say that I don’t trust people that always like something or always hate something. I mean, I’ve seen review blogs where they never have a good thing to say and other’s that constantly give out five stars and I get where I don’t really believe/trust either of them. So, I felt like it was time to clear up a few things.
Any more, I’m not at all afraid of DNFing a book if I’m sure it won’t get over two stars. Sometimes I keep reading the book, just to see how it turns out, but, more often, I’m also willing to move on a read something I’ll enjoy more.
By that same token: I do rate books low, but they usually don’t get reviews here on my blog. You see, if I read a bad book, one that I just dislike, chances are that I’ll post my ranting over at Goodreads instead of dropping a review here.
Spread the Love
As strange as it would sound – and just might – even though I come off cynical, I’m actually a very happy person by nature. Sure, I like complaining, but the fact is that I’d much rather use my reviews as a way to recommend a really great book than as a way to warn people off a book.
As much as non-critical reviews are difficult for me to write, I don’t believe even a five star book has to be flawless. To me, all five stars mean is that it was a perfect book for the reader. I have rated books five stars that I think have flaws, but I enjoyed them enough to say the book was perfect for me at the time.
To me, when I rate a book, it’s based solely on my emotions when I finish the book. I don’t think in depth about what I liked, what I disliked and what was just meh. I’m going with my gut, how much I just simply enjoyed reading it. (I almost said ‘how much fun I had reading it’ but I’ve enjoyed and rated high some books that I wouldn’t call ‘fun’.)
Does that mean that I’ve wanted to change my rating after awhile – raising it or, more often, lowering it? You bet. Does that mean that sometimes I write a review for a book before my opinion changes and then I’m looking at it and wishing I’d reviewed it differently – or not at all? Yup.
Finally, the most important reason my reviews skew higher.
After many years of reading, I’ve finally gotten better at picking out books I’ll like. That doesn’t mean I never get duds (see the section on DNFing) but it does mean that I know more which books I’ll have a better chance of liking.
How do your reviews tend? Do you have more 4-5 stars or 1-2 stars? (Or maybe you write a lot of – my dreaded – 3 star reviews?) Do you post reviews to different places and post your more positive ones at one website and your less positive ones somewhere else?