This blog post is a response to Susie’s video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5QInA0NPp4 and Ariel’s video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4rYwxLfM-w. Thanks guys for those two great discussion videos!
When I started rating books it was really difficult for me. For instance I didn’t really feel qualified enough. Sure I had read a lot of books, but what did I know? I decided to rate my books with the five star system. I really liked it and I thought it worked really well.
Another difficulty was the difference between liking a book and not liking a book, while seeing what other people liked in the book. I still have my difficulties when it comes to that. What should I rate a book that I appreciate but didn’t like? Every author puts a lot of work and thought and love in his or her book. But unfortunately we can’t love all the books we read.
In the end I always rate my books according to a certain feeling that I have. So the best thing is to be honest with yourself. You might love a book everyone else hates or vice versa. And that’s okay because it’s okay to have an opinion. Just be yourself and stand up for your opinion.
Here is a rough sketch of what the stars mean to me:
1 Star- Didn’t like it. The book wasn’t for me. The characters didn’t develop at all. The world building and the plot had a lot of holes. Wasn’t a big fan of the writing style.
For Example: The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
2 Stars- Story wasn’t for me. Meh. Nothing special (for me).
For Example: XVI by Julia Karr
3 Stars- It was okay. It didn’t really capture me. Something was missing, didn’t quite meet my expectations.
For Example: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
4 Stars- Very enjoyable. Really liked it. Met my expectations.
For example: Divergent by Veronica Roth
5 Stars- Mindblowing. Amazing. Unique and special. Loved it.
For example: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Happy rating guys ^__^