Monday, March 23, 2015

What Bugs Me About Reviewing Books?

Reading is one of my favorite activities. It's not unusual for me to have 2-3 books going at the same time.

I also enjoy recommending books, but the rating system of stars leaves much to be desired. While I may enjoy the story, perhaps certain aspects of a book don't sit well with me. For example: I've read stories that I loved, but they had some technical/formatting/writing issues.

So...I propose that we have a two-tier system for reviews like the ice skating world. They rate skaters on their technical ability and then on their artistry.

Writers and Readers:  What do you think of my idea? Should I incorporate this into my book recommendations/reviews here on the blog?

Photo Credit:  drivving


Karen Lange said...

That is an excellent idea! I've often run up against this with my reviews as well. There are not many books I rate as 5 stars, not because they aren't good, but 5 stars to me means top notch across the board. We should lobby for this system. :)

Anonymous said...

That is an interesting concept! Many times my book club members laugh with me when I point out nuances like POV, fact, or repetitive issues. But I still loved the story!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, yes, do incorporate that, and suggest it to Amazon, Goodreads, and B and N. As a reader, I'd like more choices than five stars. As an author, I'm often confused why someone gave my books four stars, then raved about how great they are! With your system, there would be more depth to a review.