I’ve kind of noticed this trend of hating “good” books. For this discussion, I’m defining good books as books that fall a bit in the middle of the road. They aren’t the most amazing books you’ve ever read but they also aren’t the worst you’ve read either. They are solidly enjoyable and you would most likely recommend them to other readers.
First off, we have an author who was complaining about a 3 out of 5 star rating. She is under the assumption that star ratings are like homework grades. For many book bloggers and/or reviewers, a 3 star rating is pretty respectable. Depending on the scale, 3 stars generally falls in the good range. There’s nothing outwardly bad about a 3 star book. Sure there might be things we didn’t love but overall we would recommend the book to the right people. I think I would be happy to earn 3 (or more) stars on my book.
As readers, I think we tend to “overlook” good books. You’re scrolling through someone’s blog (or maybe your Goodreads homepage) and you see that a reviewer rated a book with 3 stars. You might stop and read the review to see exactly why the person thought the book was good. More often than not, you’d probably keep scrolling past it. If you were on the fence about buying the book and you saw that a reviewer that you trust gave the book 3 stars, you would a be a bit hesitant to buy the book and opt to grab it at the library instead.
I personally think the 3 star (and other ratings) ratings keeps rating system in check. For the majority of the time outside of the book blogging work, people are going to rate a book 1 star because they absolutely hated a book or rate it 5 stars because they really enjoyed it. They don’t mess around too much in between. If everyone rated books like that, the system would be horribly skewed. Now when you insert the book bloggers (or other people who take the time to really consider ratings), the numbers become more focused. You can see that the book might not be a certain person’s cup of tea but it still a well written book. You get real reviews. What works for the book, what doesn’t work, etc.
How do you feel about “good” books?