Sunday, October 13, 2013

Topics to Think About: Book Ratings

I was looking through my shelf on Shelfari to find books to review that I had read prior to creating this blog. While searching it became clear to me that most of the books I read are rated as 4 stars.

That got me thinking.. Am I rating the books high because I'm an easy to please reader? Is it because I gloss over imperfections and accept them as part of the story? Or is it because most of the books I read are from recommendations of fellow readers and they have really liked the story, enough to recommend it?

I don't really have the answer to these questions. It was something that I never really noticed before. So I was wondering if other people noticed this when they first started really rating books and writing reviews of them.

Please leave your thoughts below :)


  1. I noticed the same about my ratings and finally concluded that I'm reading books already vetted by friends I trust and who share similar reading interests. When I step out on my own into unchartered territory, I find my ratings are much more varied, often falling below my typical 3.5 or 4 star rating.

    I don't have time to waste on subpar books so I'm okay with going along with the big pile of books my friends have already recommended. I'm not really hard to please but I also don't think I'm an easy rater. That was nice to learn.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts Jonetta. I'm thinking my high ratings are a direct result of most books being recommended to me by friends.