Confessions of a Book Blogger: Why I no longer "rate" books

bloggraphicI’ve been thinking about the books that I have read so far this year. Some of them were excellent, 4 or 5 star worthy, others not so much. I have read back through some of these reviews and said “What was I thinking giving this books 3.5 stars” (or 4) when looking back I would give them far less. Even my opinion of a book changes over time, as I become more exposed to the genre and/or author.

I’ve decided that from now on, I will only review and discuss these books without actually rating them with stars.

Why is that? Because when I give one book a 4 doesn’t mean it’s “as good” as another book that I gave a 4. I don’t want to pit books against one another and while it is very easy for me to talk about what I liked or disliked about a book, it is very difficult for me to come up with a star rating. I guess I will have to when I post a review on goodreads, but on my own personal blog, I have decided not to do so.

When I read reviews posted by other bloggers, I don’t really look to the rating that they give the book as much as what they have to say about the book.

I would like to make my book reviews more like discussions, more conversational so that they are actually fun for me to write (instead of me hating on them as I write them— which I do sometimes) and more fun for you guys to read.

What do you feel about rating the books you read?

Have you ever looked back at how you rated a book and wanted to change it?

0 thoughts on “Confessions of a Book Blogger: Why I no longer "rate" books

  1. nadiareads1 says:

    I also find it hard to rate books sometimes! And I have gone back and changed the way I rated them – usually for the worst. Sometimes I’m really excited after I finish a book, but when I look back after a month or so and the excitement has faded I realize it wasn’t as good as thought at first…

  2. dianatierney3 says:

    I love that you posted this. I have been going back and forth on whether or not to rate the books I review. I see so many other bloggers do it that the teenage girl in me has felt like I should do it to belong but I agree with you how can you put some of these books you can’t even compare together. And sometimes people just look at the number of stars you give and not the review.

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      There might be some books in the future that I love so much they get a million stars and a pretty unicorn, but I feel that in general, discussion of a book means more than # of stars.

      I have found that when I go by the number of stars a book has received and not looked at the synopsis or some comments about a book, I am usually very disappointed. I feel like I need to know at least a little bit about a book before I know if it is something that I will enjoy myself.

  3. Harliqueen says:

    I think this is a great idea. When I rate books, I do so individually, but I can see how one book I rate 4, might be seen the same as another I would rate 4. Great post!

  4. bookmammal says:

    I don’t formally review or rate books on my blog, but I do use the star system on Goodreads. I’ve found that my opinions on some books do change over time–sometimes a books will seem “four star worthy” but after I’ve read a few more books that are similar, I may decide that, in comparison, the first book really deserves a higher ranking. The reverse can also be true. I think it’s totally OK to change ratings over time–as we change, so do our opinions!
    Nice post!

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      Thank you! I think that ratings tend to get in the way of what we really think about a book. If I loved a book except for a few small things, would I still give it a 5? I don’t know.
      Thanks for your input. I’m glad to see that someone agrees with me and sees where I am coming from!

  5. cleopatralovesbooks says:

    It is good to know it isn’t just me that finds rating a book so difficult (although I will keep my ratings for now as I put my reviews Amazon and Goodreads anyway) I find it hardest when I try comparing books because I find that impossible so I tend to go with my gut and probably rate slightly higher but mine ratings go Love, Like, Ok, Less so and Rubbish. Thanks for giving me some food for thought!

  6. Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog) says:

    I’m also thinking about doing away with ratings on my blog!! I just posted something about it last week because lately I’ve been feeling BLAH about all my ratings. There were books that are my absolute favorites that for some small reason I gave 4 stars to them instead of 5…. so I was going back and changing the ratings. Then there were books that when I think about them now my freaking skin crawls and when I look at the ratings I gave them it was 2 or 3 stars!! If I hate the book, it should have gotten a 1!! So I changed those… and I’ve just been putting too much thought into it. I need to just give my thoughts on the book and leave it at that!

    I’m glad to know someone else struggles with ratings 🙂

  7. Kate @ Fictional Thoughts says:

    Recently I’ve seen a lot more people stop rating books. I like the reasons you’ve given for why you’re stopping but for me – rating works. I try to rate within the genre and by that I mean – rate similar books against each other. If im rating a Middle Grade book my rating is measuring it up against other middle grade books. More like – how does this book compare to other books in the same genre rather than all books ever… if that makes sense.

  8. Melanie B. says:

    I rate books on Goodreads.com (stars), but not on my blog. I just let folks know if I would recommend they take the time to read the book (or not). Great post!!

  9. bookgeeking says:

    I still rate books, If I cannot put it down it’s a 5, if it’s great but I manage to put it down for reasons other than work and sleep it gets a 4, 3 is good but some flaws, 2 is bad, and I don’t think if I have ever given a 1, If I don’t finish I do not rate.

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