Hello there, and welcome back to the blog!
I’ve always been a reader. Ever since I was little, I was always in love with books and fictional characters. I’m also very easy to please as a reader, and I know myself enough to pick up books that I know I’ll like, so I used to rate every single book I read either 4 or 5 stars. And there was nothing wrong with that, but as time passed by and I became a more discerning consumer I started to reevaluate how I rated books.
In the last couple of years, I’ve become more and more critical of the books I read and that’s affected my rating system. While I used to give out 5 stars reviews to pretty much everything I could get my hands on, now I barely ever rate a book 5 stars. Ok, maybe that’s exaggerating it a bit, but now I honestly only give 5 stars ratings to books that have absolutely blown my mind and have become new favorites. But that’s got me thinking, should I re-rate every book I’ve ever read so it can all be “equally” rated?
I don’t think so, and not only because that would be a lot of work. Looking back at my Goodreads and seeing how everything was rated 5 stars actually makes me understand myself better as a reader and how my taste has evolved. Sometimes I’ll reread a book and it’s amazing seeing how my rating has changed so much in just a few years. Not to say that I don’t enjoy as many books anymore, but rather that I know better what I love, what I like, and what wasn’t really for me.
This change had the added bonus of making me more excited to write reviews – or maybe it was because I was writing more reviews that I started to rethink how I rated books? Whatever the case may be, I now have a better understanding of what I loved, liked or disliked about every book I read. It’s easier to know what my favorites are and why, and to use that information to better pick the books that I’ll be adding to my TBR pile.
Before I finish, I’d like to explain what my rating scale looks like right now and what each star means to me:
5 stars: It was fantastic, a new favorite for sure.
4 stars: I really really liked it.
3 stars: I liked it (this is a good rating for me, it just means that while it wasn’t amazing it also wasn’t bad)
2 stars: It was okay, I didn’t hate but also didn’t like it. A meh kinda book.
1 star: I didn’t like it at all.
That’s it for this post. I plan on writing more reviews so I thought it would be better to explain my rating system first as to not cause any confusion.
Has the way you rate books changed with time? How so?
Until next time,