The 3 Star Rating Event is hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance. This 2 day event is intended to help readers, bloggers, and authors understand and bridge the gap in thoughts on the 3 Star Rating.
Today, bloggers on the hop are sharing our thoughts about the 3 Star rating. Please, feel free to jump in and leave your thoughts in the comments. I will be hopping around and joining in discussions throughout the day myself. Also, visit the other blogs on the hop to see what the 3 Star Rating means to other readers and bloggers.
Tomorrow, various authors and publishers will be sharing their opinions about the 3 star rating. Author Lisa Beth Darling will be at Book Savvy Babe, so stop by tomorrow too!
My Thoughts on the 3 Star Rating:
When I first started reviewing, I hardly gave a thought to giving a book a 3 star rating, considering it a good rating. However, as I got more into blogging, I realized that the 3 star rating did not go over as well as I thought it would. I have always seen a 3 Star rating as a good book, it’s a book that is a good read, it’s not my favorite book ever, but I enjoyed reading it. I consider my 3 Star rating reviews as positive reviews. If I rate a book under 3 stars, then the book has problems, or it just didn’t work for me.
I do not like that so many authors and publishers see this as a negative rating. When looking for books to read, I AUTOMATICALLY look at the 3 star reviews. 3 Star reviews generally feel very honest. They state problems (such as editing or pacing issues) and they also state the strengths of a book, which is really what a review is supposed to be. It can be hard to tell if I will like a book based on a 5 star review, full of gushing praise. Bottom line, a 3 Star rating and review does not negatively impact my feelings about a book, the 3 star reviews help me to find books most suited to me. Therefore, when I do read the book, I generally really like it, and often times, my own rating is higher.
Now, while I appreciate personality, I do think that some reviews can be too snarky or sarcastic. No matter what I rate a book, I always respect the author while still providing an honest review, and when looking for books, I trust the honest, respectful reviews the most.
Here is a quick rating table, to help gauge how I personally rate books:
- 5 Stars: OMG, out of this world amazing
- 4 Stars: Really Good/ really liked
- 3 Stars: Good/ I liked this book
- 2 Stars: Okay- some issues
- 1 Star: Did not like
So, how about you? What are your thoughts on the 3 Star Rating? Join in and help get the discussion rolling!
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