I have a Goodreads account that I actively use to track the books I read, and rate them. I love Goodreads, but whenever I’m rating a book, I’m in a dilemma. According to Goodreads, my average book rating is 4.14, which is really quite high. I’m not sure if this is a bad thing or a good thing or if I’m worrying about it way too much.
Why It Could Be a Good Thing
I think one reason I mostly rate books 4 or 5 stars is I am very careful with choosing which books I read. I’m not really an impulsive decision maker when it comes to anything, and that includes with choosing what to read. I choose books that I think will interest me and are clean. While something sometimes slips and I end up not liking a book, I usually enjoy the books that I read. Therefore, I rate most books pretty high.
Why It Could Be a Bad Thing
On the flip side, I think another reason I usually rate books so high is I feel guilty if I rate books 3 stars (or in my case, butterflies) or less. I know how much work an author has to put into a book, and how much a bad review can hurt. Honestly, though, a three star review isn’t bad. On Goodreads, a three star review means “I liked it.” And rating books higher than I think they should be rated sure doesn’t help other people that read my blog or follow me on Goodreads because they don’t gain an honest opinion.
My Conclusion: I Don’t Think It’s a Big Deal.
I think my rating of books is a mixture of choosing my books wisely and feeling guilty about low ratings. However, I know that I should not feel guilty, and the only justification for feeling guilty would be if I bashed an author in my review of a book, which I try my hardest not to do. Ultimately, I think what counts is the quality of my written reviews and not my book ratings. Ratings are just made up of 5-or in some cases, 10-numbers, and they can’t possibly do justice to books made up of tens of thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands of words. They are just there as a quick rating, and book bloggers should not stress over them.
What do you think about rating books? Is it difficult for you to rate books? Do you think ratings really matter?