I will give a book a star rating on Goodreads or Amazon, but when it comes to my blog and my reviews for WatchPlayRead, I’ve been leaving stars and letter grades out. I’ve been focusing on whether I recommend the book or not, and if so, to whom. For example, I might say a particular book would be enjoyed by fans of paranormal romance or anyone that enjoyed Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I feel that star reviews are too simple and oftentimes, do not do the book justice. I may give a book a 5-star review but that doesn’t mean everyone and their mother is going to enjoy it as much as I did. I also don’t want readers to focus on the star rating. I want them to read the negative and the positive within the review and then decide for themselves.
Also, my criteria for what makes a 5-star book may be different from yours. I feel a great book has something new to say about what it is to be human. A great book also evokes emotion: good or bad. I don’t need to love the characters to appreciate a book, but the characters do need to be authentic and well-written.
Now I want to hear from you! Do star ratings help you to decide if you want to read a book or are you fine without them? Would you enjoy my reviews more if I included some sort of rating system?