Saturday, January 10, 2009

lack of ratings

If you've noticed the lack of rating on both books this year, please note that I'm re-thinking my rating system for books again.
My quandary is based on the fact that emotions will often determine how a book is rated. I may read a book that is very good, but if I'm not in the mood for that type of book the rating might suffer. Alternately, if I happen to read a book which fits my mood perfectly, it may be rated higher than another book that may be worth the same rating but suffers a lower rating simply because it's not the perfect book for me at that time.
Until I make some decision I'm going to leave the rating off the reviews. Since I'm no longer part of the book group that required a rating on the books read, I'm comfortable taking my time and will gladly listen to any discussions on ratings, pro and con, in comments or via email.

6 comments:

3M said...

I'm one who likes to see book ratings, though I struggle with giving them myself sometimes.

One of the reasons I like them is that I don't like to read reviews of books I haven't read because of possible spoilers, but I always look at the book rating. If I see 4-5's from most bloggers on a particular book, I know it should go on my tbr list.

Lori said...

This is a good point, Michelle. Perhaps I need to assess how big a point spread might be present based on my mood? With a 0-5 rating system even the difference between a 4 and a 3.5 might seem larger than it really is, all things considered.

just me said...

Maybe instead of a number rating, you could do a word rating that would perhaps be more descriptive than possibly misleading numbers.

Lori said...

Hmmm... interesting idea, Just Me. Perhaps keep my descriptions of the rating but just drop the numbers? Or would you get more descriptive than that?

Stacey said...

I like the creative ratings. Like, noon, 9pm, 12, 3am - for how long you kept reading it because you couldn't put it down. LOL But then I am silly.

Lori L said...

Oh, Stacey, I hadn't even thought of being clever with my rating system... That could put a whole new spin on things.