Nicole at The Quiet Concert recently posted about star ratings and it made me think about mine. I actually don't include them on my blog, and I'm wondering if I should. How much do the star ratings influence you versus the content of the review? Sometimes I'll read someone's review and they gush about the book and then they rate it 3 stars. What???
I do find the average star ratings helpful on Goodreads and Amazon. If I'm trying to figure out if I want to read a book, I look it up and if the average is close to 3, I'm less likely to read it (unless it's a favorite author or part of a series that I love--then I don't care). If the average is over 4, I'm more likely to read it. Is that fair? Is an average of 3 really that bad?
Also, I like to look at the distribution of those ratings to get a sense of if everyone just likes the book (a lot of 3s) versus most people either hate it (1) or love it (5). That's generally useful information to me.
Below is a screen shot of my ratings for this year. As you can see, I give mostly 4 or 5 stars. Am I an easy rater? I mainly pick books that I'm almost certain to like, which I think is why my ratings may be rather high.
How do you feel about star ratings? How much do they influence you?
Posted by: Pam