For those of you who regularly read my blog, you’ll notice that I don’t rate the books I review. There are no stars, no thumbs up, or any other kind of point system. Instead, at the bottom of every review I simply provide some reasons why I think you should or shouldn’t read a particular book. Why is this you ask? Well, to be perfectly honest with you, I am a harsh ass critic.
I do have my own personal computer database where I store and rate all of my Kindle books. Of the 247 books I read last year, do you know how many I considered to be 5 star reads? Zero. See what I mean? Harsh. This doesn’t mean that I’m not enjoying everything I read. On the contrary, I enjoyed the vast majority of the books I read last year, but for something to get a 5 star rating it really has to be near perfection. Normally, I’ll give 3 stars to a book with an entertaining storyline, interesting characters, and will even recommend it to others. It was good overall, but probably didn’t wow me, or cause me to think on it for days on end. I reserve that 5 star rating for the books which really stick with you.
I realize that for most people a 3 star rating means a book probably has more faults than it should, and I don’t want my pickiness to result in people not buying an author’s work because they think I hated it. Let’s face it, some people will just look at the stars rather than the words behind the review. Hence my reluctance to rate the books I review, and my use instead of the “Should you read it” caption on my blog. However, as I’m getting more and more author requests for reviews, I’m finding that they also want me to leave a review on Amazon, or Goodreads, which I’ve avoided doing in the past because they both have the 5 star rating system. I really want to help these authors out, so I’m starting to consider posting more reviews on these sites, but bumping up all of my personal ratings by one star to even things out a bit. What do you think?