I’ve recently been thinking a lot about book ratings. Ultimately that means that you guys are going to get some over-analyzed drawn out post from me, where I detail out things you probably don’t care about. So, in advance, thank you for humoring me.
First of all, now that I follow a lot of blogs I’ve taken notice of rating patterns. I’ve stumbled upon a blog or two that seem to rate everything high. Maybe they don’t and they only review the ones they love, but that’s not readily apparent to the casual observer. I also don’t care. We’re all entitled to rate however the heck we want to. I certainly don’t want anyone to think I’m criticizing. I’m not. I’m observing. Anyway, it brought up the question of what kind of reviews do I find the most reliable. I’ve always held the opinion that the best review blogs are the ones that find the middle road. Honesty means some negative reviews and some positive. That’s what I strive for here on Birdie Bookworm.
Of course, as you see, that led me to reflecting on my own blog. On my rating patterns and habits. Basically, when creating Birdie Bookworm, or creating any review site, you have to decide how your going to handle your ratings. After 6 years on Goodreads I’ve gotten in the habit of reviewing everything, giving potential readers the good and bad. So, my thoughts went more toward things like was I going to use stars? I went with feathers instead. Should I show an image rating at all, or just my review? I chose feather images. Was I going to use letter grades for reviews? (Nope!) I also decided not to use half star ratings on my reviews.
Since I decided to discard half ratings, whenever I’m closing out my review I have to determine whether my half stars should be rounded up or rounded down. Should 4 1/2 stars be reflected with 4 stars, or 5?
I can’t help but wonder if my rating style could be evidence of my being an optimist or a pessimist. I mean, couldn’t the argument be made that ones habit of rounding is basically a version of the glass half full or half empty?
I’ve always thought I was a realist. I’ve always said that I judge everything on its own, and sometimes my feelings are more positive and sometimes more negative. I have prided myself on it. Yet, I now look back through my reviews (on Birdie Bookworm) and I see that every single 4.5 star book I read I rounded down to 4. It turns out that I’m probably an introverted pessimist!
Now I’m wondering if that means we ALL think we’re realists? For all the people out there who would take a 4.5 rating and automatically round up to 5, do they justify that (which is their right) by saying that they’re just being real? Are we all blinded by our interpretations of ourselves?
Which THEN raises the question of, am I putting way too much thought into this? Are you wondering how in the world I found myself lost on this tangent? Does anyone else out there think that our rating style tell a lot about our person?