I’ve always hated rating books on Goodreads: I feel like my personal opinion of a book is quite vast and occasionally contradicting. Seems a bit strange for me to blatantly state that my opinions can be contradicting but there’s a reason for that! I believe that there’s a distinct difference between how much I enjoy the book and how well I think the book is written.
You might not agree with me, but this is just my opinion. I’m the type of person that can enjoy watching/reading/listening to something written badly if it’s still able to evoke an emotional response from me. I’m also the type of person that watches/reads/listens to things critically and notices flaws and problems very easily. As a result, I don’t think that these two points are completely linked; particularly in my reviews.
Which is why I’ve always hated rating books on Goodreads. I only started doing so months after I created my account and even then I ended up frequently returning to and modifying my rating. Eventually I decided that I would use the rating system based on the comments that go with each star:
I figured I’d just go by what I’d tell someone else if they asked me what I thought of the book. I still use this system, but sadly it’s given me inconsistent results so far. E.g. Both Fahrenheit 451 and Torn have the same rating, despite the fact that I have very different opinions about each book.
As a result, I’ve now decided to give books two ratings to each book I review on this blog:
I’m not sure how I’m going to translate these on to Goodreads/Amazon reviews but I’ll try to figure it out. I will be going back on previous book reviews and updating them too. (Thank God I haven’t written many!)