Like many book bloggers, I go back and forth with my rating system. On one hand, I like my current system (out of 5 points/stars/whatever). For the most part, I can figure out where to place a book. 5 means I loved it. 1 means I hated it. I do fall into a lot of gray area though. “Should this book be a 3.5 or a 4? I enjoyed it fairly well…” You can see where some of the trickiness comes into play.
On the other hand, I wonder if some people are like me and sometimes only pay attention to the ratings. “Oh, she only gave the book a 3? Hmmm guess I should pass on it.” If people are doing that, then they are missing out on some good books! I know I’m a bit guilty of looking at the ratings on reviews on other blogs and then deciding if I should read the review.
I’ve been contemplating a bit of a tweak with my review ranking/rating system. I’d like to keep everything the same in my reviews except the rating part at the very end. I’d like to do something like more like the bottom line. A few examples: “The bottom line? A must read for science fiction fans.” or “The bottom line? Not my favorite book by XXX but still worth a read.” or “The bottom line? It’s everything I hate about romance. I can’t really recommend it to anyone.” You get the picture.
Basically the bottom line is just a quick summation of my feelings on the book. Obviously the reviews are my thoughts in longer form but the bottom line would be more to the point. I think the bottom line would give people a better idea of how I felt about a book or at least it would give them a better idea than rating it 3.5/5.
I’d still keep ratings in my tagging system so books are easy to find and because I need organization on my blog. I’m still going to rate out of 5 on Goodreads but that’s really for myself.
What do you think? Does it annoy you to not have a rating when reading a book review? Would the bottom line encourage you to read my review (or would it just make you skip it)? All feedback is appreciated. Nothing is decided yet. I just wanted other people’s thoughts.