Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by J.R. @Eternity Books , here different topics will be discussed.
I couldn’t make last weeks topic is ‘star ratings – are they fair or necessary’, but I thought it was very interesting, so I will just discuss it this week!
First I wanted to tell you the meaning of my ratings:
5 stars – Loved it! Probably a new favourite!
4 stars – I really liked it, but there was just something small missing!
3 stars – I enjoyed it, but nothing to special.
2 stars – Not a fan, there was not much I liked but there was something that kept my attention.
1 star – I really disliked it, might even be a DNF (don’t give this often).
Then I do give half stars, if I really can’t choose between two of them mainly 4.5 and 3.5!
Now onto the actual topic.
Star ratings are of course very personal, since the above list is how I see the ratings, but it can be different for others! I mainly give 3 or 4 stars, and quite easily give 5 stars. But there are readers who barely give 5 stars. So I would say no, star ratings are not very fair, since it is so objective!
And also, no it is not necessary, but it is very helpful. But even without star rating, if you read someone’s review you could easily find out of that reader loved or hated the book.
BUT I really like star ratings, it quickly tells you if someone did or did not enjoy the book. Especially if you’re familiar with someone’s reading tastes, it immediately can give you an idea if the book is something for you!
I definitely like star ratings on GoodReads, I generally don’t feel like reading the reviews there, but it does give you a very quick ‘summary’ of someone’s thoughts. What I don’t really like on GoodReads though is the average rating.. So often just give books 5 stars, without reading, because they love the author, or 1 star, because they dislike the author. This gives such unfair star ratings..!
I feel like this discussion was a bit all over the place haha!