Hey Guys! It’s been a while we had a Discussion on the Bookworms! But, I’m looking forward for today’s topic since I was wondering about this issue since a while!
Today, I’d love to talk to you about
Book Ratings and Personal Taste
When I look at my Ratings, I feel like that I rate mot of my books with a 4 star rating.
Yesterday, I happened to conclude my Goodreads Challenge of 150 books.
This was a goal set for the whole year and it’s already October and I read 150. I’m amazed by myself. But that’s beside the point.
So let’s have a closer look at my Ratings:
2012 – 150 books
5 Star: 55 books
4 Star: 55 Books
3 Star: 34
2 Star: 4
1 Star: 2
DNF: not determined… (most of them do not appear on my goodreads profile)
Clearly, I rated the majority of books with 4 and 5 stars, meaning I definitely enjoyed those book. 34 books were Ok and had some flaws But, I rated only 6 books with 2 and 1 star. In summary I rated more than 100 books 4 star and more! I’m impressed with my self. It seems like I had a very good bookish year so far, right?
So what does that say about my as a Reader and “Rater”?
Am I too soft, giving easy 4 or 5 stars, or is it rather that I know how to choose my books?
For one, I think I am a “soft rater”, I can find in many books something positive and I am gently with my ratings. Even though I might have some minor issues I give a 4 when I enjoyed myself reading the book. Also, I am easily pleased, I can find postiive aspects in many things. Be it the awesome super hot character I fall for, be it an unique idea.
I think it’s save to say that my 4 star ratings can be easily a 3 Star for someone else. No judgment here, it’s just the way it is! I think of them more of a “tough rater”.
But on the other hand, I actually know what I like. And I think I have a pretty good sense about what kind of books would be a good fit for me.
I remember in the beginning of Book Blogging I read tons of books just because someone send them to me, be it a publisher or an author. Now, I choose wisely what I accept to read and which book I better decline. These days when I go to NetGalley and Edelweiss I do not request whatever comes in my line of sight. I think about it and try to decide if this book is a good fit for me or not. In addition, I also know that some publishers won’t work for me. Like, I have a bad feeling with “Egmont” books. I tried a few books and ended up not finishing them. Now, I am actually weary when seeing an “Egmont” book. Same is true for “Zondervan”. On the other hand, I LOVE HarlequinTEEN & HarperTEEN books, most of their books I end up loving like crazy. St.Martins is also a favorite publisher of me and I read most of their YA books and love them. Scholastic, S&S , Random House and Penguin are a hit or miss, there I choose very precicely what to read!
Does that mean I am not critical?
Oh I hope I am able to critic! Also, I think it’s important in our role of Book Blogger to be able to voice your opinion clearly and to tell which parts you didn’t like. Just often I find that even though I have some minor critics I still ended up loving the book, again getting back to the fact that I am a “soft rater”.
So Guys! Now my questions for you!
Do you feel like that you got to know your taste better over time?
How do you feel about soft rating blogs, do you still feel you can trust their judgement?
Are you a soft rater or a tough rater?
I’m excited to read your comments!!!
Happy Saturday and much love!
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