Monday, May 15, 2017
Monday Musings: The Importance of Half Stars in Ratings
Monday Musings is a weekly post in which I talk about whatever I would like to talk about. Often it's book related. Sometimes it's not.
Do you get annoyed at not being able to give half stars on Goodreads and other rating sites? I know it frustrates me. There is such a big different between a 3 star rating and a 4 star rating, I think. This is where I tend to use half stars the most. Because a book might be pretty good--the writing is well-done, the characters are developed, but there's something missing. Something that doesn't bring it to a four, but it's definitely not a 3, either.
For me, the other numbers are much more concrete and I rarely use half stars elsewhere--but I still do!
1= There were some major issues with character, plot, or something else. I finished reading it, but it was really hard to make it through.
2= Some minor issues that made it difficult to want to read it, but I did. I didn't very much enjoy it, but there wasn't anything terribly wrong.
3= If there are issues, they are minor. I liked it well enough, but there was something really big missing or not completely developed.
3.5= Well-written overall, but not mind-blowing. I was interested and intrigued, but not to the point where I couldn't stop.
4=I really really liked this book. There were so many positive things happening and it kept me engaged throughout.
5= I cannot stop thinking about this book or the characters or the upcoming sequel. It is sure to be a book that I bring up throughout the years as one that others should read.
Could I just lump that .5 in either the 3 or the 4? Sure, but I really believe there needs to be a place in between. Just give us the option! Come on, Goodreads. Help us be more accurate in our reviewing and rating. :)