Monday, April 29, 2013

Musing Monday (1)

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing: Issues With The Book Rating System

Every time I finish a book, I have the hardest time rating it. It's easy to give a book a one-star or a five-star, but it gets fuzzy when it lands in the middle.

1) I love to read memoirs. They’re probably my favorite but rarely do I ever rate them. How could I rate someone else’s life? And this also comes up in fiction books with dark subject matter. I know it’s fiction but I’m sure it could have or has happened in real life. It just feels wrong saying I loved it or hated it.

2) I have given a book a higher rating if I liked the author, which is probably worse. I know some people trust my ratings and I wouldn’t want to be misleading, or give someone a rating that I don’t think they are worthy of.

3) I’ve also been questioned over my reviews because I’ve given two completely different books the same rating, but compared aside one another, one doesn’t feel worthy of the same rating. For example classics and romances. Yes, I understand this but they’re two separate books! One book shouldn’t influence your review of another book. They deserved to be critiqued based on their own content.  

So the way I deal with these issues is by rating them based on the writing, characters, and my overall reading experience instead of on the subject of the book.

Anyone else have issues pertaining the rating system? If so, I’d love to hear them.


1 comment:

  1. I think it is fine as is. If you were going to change it maybe has categories to break down what you liked and didn't. Like Characters 3 cows...and so forth. But honestly it is good as is.


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