This weeks topic is ‘Is a 3 stars rating a good rating?’ This is such a good topic! And I feel like the answer will be quite different depending on the reader!
Let’s just start with what the different star ratings mean for me:
5 stars – This book was perfect, LOVED it!
4 ½ stars – I really loved this book, but I had one small problem.
4 stars – Really enjoyed this book, it had some small problems though.
3½ stars – Enjoyed most of the book, but some parts bored me.
3 stars – This book was okay, some parts I really liked, others I didn’t.
2½ stars – Did not really enjoy this book, but there were some parts that I liked.
2 stars – I did finish the book, but did not enjoy most of it.
1 star – I probably didn’t finish the book.
So as this list implies, for me a 3 star rating really falls in the middle! There were parts that I really enjoyed, but there were some other parts were I didn’t care much/ was bored/ annoyed. For example I really loved half the plot but the other half dragged a bit. Or I loved the plot, but did not care for the characters.
If this book is part of a series, I will continue with it, but maybe I’m not in a hurry. I will definitely be interested in checking out other works by this author!
I will also definitely recommend this book, and try to explain why I did not give it a higher rating, because maybe what I did not like about this book is something another reader will love!
I really think a 3 star rating is neither good or bad! If I give a book 2 stars, there was more I didn’t like than that I did. And when a book gets 4 stars there was more I liked than not. But three stars really falls in the middle. Which is also the reason why 3 star reviews are the hardest to write in my opinion!
When a book gets a lot of 3 star ratings it is always a bit hard to decide if I want to pick it up. Like do I want to read a book that is probably just mediocre, while there are also books out there I’m pretty sure I will love? But then again even when a book gets a lot of 3 star ratings, I could still end up loving it! So the best thing to do for me is to look at reviews from reviewers who have a similar taste as me. To see what rating they gave it, and if it is a 3 star rating, to see what parts they did not like about it. In that why I can decide if I feel like I wouldn’t like that either, and based on that I can decide if I want to read it.
Also sometimes even when trusted reviewers give a book a 3 star rating, and I feel like I would agree, I will still read it. Just because the synopsis sounds amazing!