Friday, August 27, 2010

Blogger Hop!

It's Friday - time for another Blog Hop hosted by Jen at Crazy for Books.

This week's question:
Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?

This is something I have thought a lot about and have considered it several times. However, the teacher in me sees attaching a number/grade to anything as rather subjective. What makes a book 3 stars instead of 2.5? Or 4 instead of 5? I still like seeing how others rate books, but it doesn't seem like there is any real way that the points awarded can be justified - it's just based on your own feelings about a book. With reading for pleasure that is fine, but I recall the one time I filled out report cards for my first grade class (before I was a teacher librarian I spent seven years in the classroom). I ended up re-doing one of the report cards because I couldn't find it even though I had filled it out. Eventually it resurfaced and I had the two report cards to compare. While many of the "grades" (in first grade there are no letter grades, just E, S, N and I) were the same, there were some that were different. It made me realize how arbitrary grades like this can be. Much like rating a book. Part of it depends on your mood, the time you had to think about it before writing a review, if you were in a rush, if it is about a topic you are interested in, etc. There are certainly books that I didn't love, but that I knew were very well written, or that I thought about a lot after finishing and grew to appreciate more and more as time went on. The point value I give a book may or may not influence someone else to read a book or not, and I would just rather give my thoughts on what I think are a book's strengths/weaknesses than attach an arbitrary number to it. I also think that as a person who reads many, many reviews on books, I don't usually pick books that are awful. By the time I have done some research about a book I generally have some idea about this book and whether or not I will like it. I don't read many books that I would attach a "1" or "2" rating to - those books would probably be ones I abandon long before I finish them.
Who knows? Someday I may rethink my feelings on rating books, and I do look at other bloggers ratings, but right now I won't be jumping on starting a rating system on my blog.

Check back later today! I still need to link some of the new blogs I have found via the Hop and add them to my blog roll. I will also be writing a review of The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt later tonight- a book I started this summer and couldn't really get into, and then started again yesterday and just can't put down. Not sure what changed for me in that time, but I am loving this one!



7 comments:

Bev Hankins said...

Stopping by on the Hop. Have a great weekend!

bibliophiliac said...

I agree with you about having a rating system--and strangely enough, I am a teacher. I think that grading is tricky and sometimes arbitrary, and I would rather not have to give grades, but the reality is I have to. But when I write a book review, my approach is like yours--I'd rather give an honest review and let the reader decide for herself.

Brenda said...

Dropping by from the hop. I am now following your blog and look forward to reading some great reviews! Have an awesome weekend!
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Julie said...

Interesting thoughts about the rating system. I do have a rating system, but it is often hard to assign a number to each book I read. Because I am part of a book club, I do end up having to read books I may not have picked up myself, so unfortunately, I have had a couple that I rated very low. But the books I choose on my own, even the ones I get from publicists, are generally chosen because I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy them. And I'm usually right.

gautami tripathy said...

Came here via blog hopping/Follow me. Have a blast hopping to/following new blogs! Do check out my blog, everything distils into reading. I am an eclectic reader!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful Side Panel.

Just hopping by....

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Happy Hopping, Everyone....hop on over to my blog to see my answer to the rating question.

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Booksnob said...

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