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Counting Stars: A Rating Problem

I am a bloddler (= blog toddler. Yes, I love inventing words), which means I watch, try, fall and learn.

My focus for the first reviews had been on how to write an honest and understandable review. It’s a work in progress but so far I’ve been enjoying it a lot. We all know that before a review is ready for publication, there are things to take care of, such as the illustration, the introduction, the actual review, and ‘tadada’ the rating. I innocently thought it would be the easiest part. I can’t explain why I chose to rate my books on a 1 to 10 scale. Did I just hear someone say ‘School habit’? It might be it. But I realized it did not work here. I tried to find a way to divide those numbers using items that would help me find the right number for each book, and failed. I liked it but it dragged a bit, should it be a 7 or a 8? Maybe a 6,5? Too many choices! It shouldn’t be that complicated.

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So from now on, I’ll be counting stars too. I can definitely count to 5. I’d rather be counting waffles or chocolate bars but it turns out waffles emoji DO NOT EXIST (I am still recovering from this heartbreaking discovery), and those teeny-tiny chocolate bars are way too small to be used. (Special mention to The Orang-Utan Librarian for the great banana rating). Until the day I can make my own emoji comes, here is the system I will be using:

Renewed Basic Rating System

5*
Favorite Book Alert. I absolutely adored the book! I would recommend it 100%. It was flawless/had me on the edge of my seat/made me cry my heart out/burst out with joy/add mention needed.

4*
I loved this book! I would definitely recommend it.

3*
I liked this book.
I had minor issues with it but overall it was a good read.

2*
I did not really enjoy this book.

1*
I did not like it. Things did not work out between us.

I just felt I needed to get this straight before posting new reviews. Now that it’s done, I can get back to work with a soothed mind and a plate of waffles.

Enough about me, I’d love to hear if you use a rating system and what are the most important points for you to decide how to hand out your stars!

7 thoughts on “Counting Stars: A Rating Problem

  1. I struggled with ratings when I first started too, and still do sometimes. I think it’s easier to think about the parameters of each rating rather than the actual number. I thought about doing the opposite of you and going from /5 to /10 because I find that I rate most books as 3s or 4s but there’s always such a difference in how much I enjoyed the books.

    I don’t think we’ll ever find a perfect system, but it’s fun trying different things 🙂

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    1. A friend of mine has set a comprehensive list of all things she pays attention to while reading and it fits a /10 system, but I’m still working on my own list and in the end, my overall feelings towards the book trumps all clear items so I think /5 rating will work fine for me. It’s one of the fun blogging things 🙂 it forces me to think more!

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