Do you spend a lot of time thinking about how you rate a book on Goodreads?
If any of you don’t know what Goodreads is or don’t use it, it’s a wonderful website and app where you can loose lots of time! You can store the books you’ve read, the books you want to read, and you can rate, review, and discuss them with other book lovers. It’s one of my favorite apps. ever. I LOVE it! I want all my friends to use it. It helps me figure out what to read next and what to pick for book club (since my book club makes me pick most of the books we read).
And did I mention you can make lists? And vote for books on the lists – Best Books Ever, Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once, Best Historical Fiction, Best Books of the 20th Century, Best Book Boyfriends, Best Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and many many many more!
I don’t always agree with the rankings – The Hunger Games is definitely not the best book ever. But it’s fun!
My Daddy likes books where things blow up. I did a search for that and unfortunately only came up with Fictional Books About Nuclear War, The Blitz, Best Bloke Books (seriously), and Must Read Books Before the World Blows Up.
So back to the book ratings on Goodreads. Do you ever change your ratings? Friends – more than one – have made fun of me for flip-flopping. I think it’s funny they notice! And this was before I started blogging and posting them online with bright pink stars! They call me fickle. And maybe I am a little. Sweet T, the fickle pickle. I might have a product there???
I’ve changed a rating then changed it back.
(more than once)
Do you do it, too? Why?
I mean, what is our problem? Why do we care?
Sometimes a book stays with me and I keep thinking more about it so it has a bigger impact than I first thought. I changed my rating for These Is My Words from 4 to 5 because I loved it. It wasn’t the most life-changing book in the world and I think that’s why I held back at first but I loved it and that’s enough!
I changed my rating for Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, several times. I was really mad at her for being so dumb but it was such a powerful book, especially the more I thought about it. And it was one of the best book club discussions ever.
Sometimes I change it because I like a book less. I loved Big Stone Gap when I first read it years ago. When we reread it for book club, it just didn’t resonate the same. Sure I was influenced by other’s opinions but it just didn’t sing to me like it had before. I still liked it but I wasn’t in love with it. It’s not you, it’s me. Can we just be friends?
Sometimes I change it based on other books. One 4 just doesn’t compare to another. That’s probably not a good reason but it is. I rate the majority of the books I read as 3 stars. It’s easy. It feels comfortable. I don’t feel as much pressure to convince others they should like it.(Hmmmm, that says a lot about me, doesn’t it. Psychology folks, analyze that!) There is a lot of wiggle room, a wide variety of likability in the 3 area!
Timing is SOOOOOO influential to how well I like a book. What I’ve read before – not just what I’ve read in the past but the book I read immediately before. ONe friend read The Help recently. She didn’t like the book we read for book club. SURPRISE! There are very few books that would hold up to that book depression. I just Googled post reading book depression and there were a lot of hits!!! The struggle is real, y’all!
If I had read The Alchemist in my 20’s, I would have probably rated it a 5 but since I didn’t read it until I was in my 40’s, I had read other books that taught the same lesson and had so many more experiences that made it feel small and trite. I just noticed I rated it a 2. I kindof want to change that to a 3 right now…