I’ve been lurking around Goodreads a while now and I discovered my star rating average is higher then the average reviewer.
I discovered this amazing community in July of 2015 and started reviewing books on Goodreads I wish I had started earlier but get what can you do.
Since starting on Goodreads I’ve learnt that star rating are not real ways to judge a book, I can read a 1 star review and still think this book sounds just right for me and then read another 1 star review and agree that the themes and characters don’t sound like something I would enjoy.
Noticing that my star average is actually really high and started thinking about why, so here’s a post about how I rate books and why I have so many 5 star reads that aren’t in my favourites list.
I research the books I choose, I look at the author, the reviewers I trust, I search for reviews that state the themes and what the characters are like and I know what I enjoy. I avoid books I think I’ll dislike for the simple reason of there are SO MANY books on my tbr why would I waste time reading something I know I wont really like?
Aliens? Baddass main character, All the Magic, Hate to Love trope? Mention any of these words and back it up and I’m in.
I rate books straight after reading them, going back through my reviews I see books that I know would probably give 3 stars to that got a 4 or 5 star rating. I rate books on how into them I was, how swept away with the characters at the time. Now when I try to think of what even happened in some books I can’t remember a thing. This however doesn’t change my rating because I did love it at the time and trust myself that I loved it for a reason.
I don’t write DNF book reviews, I appreciate people who state why they couldn’t finish it and I think I may have written a non starred review or more BUT I have read books I hated in the first 100 pages and then ended up loving once everything came together. I either give it a non star rating OR I just remove it from my tbr/ add it back to my tbr if I’d like to try it again in the future.
Don’t believe I give a load of 5 star reviews?
(no one said that everyone already knows all you do is gush) Here is the hard proof.
2016 is probably the best year to show off my ratings, last year was the year I consistently used goodreads and nearly all of these books have full reviews.
I don’t know how your stats look or how your star rating work, every reviewer is different. But looking back at this list there are a lot of books I would change and be harsher with, mainly my 2 star reviews, nearly all of these could fit into the 1 star category.
It’s still really early into the year but right now I’m happy with the ratings I’ve given.
I like to think I have mostly 5 and 4 star reads because of how I’ve picked my reads to suit my tastes but how many of these books will I look back on once they’re no longer fresh in my mind and think how much did I really love that if I can’t remember the main characters name?
My overall goodsread rating is 4.27 which is pretty damn high compared to a lot of others but that’s just my reviewing style.
Do you use goodreads? If you do definitely add me even though you may be inundated with 5 star reviews 😄
Do you pick and choose books you’ll know you’ll love? Do you review very critically or on how you feel in the moment you put down the book?
I would also love your opinion on changing ratings? Should I take the time to re mark books I think no longer deserve 5 stars or leave them as a time capsule for my past self’s love?