So, I’m sort of obsessed with reading blogs. Like, A LOT of blogs. It excites me to be a part of a community of diverse people, who each bring something unique to the blogging world.
So in reading and following a bajillion blogs (that number is totally accurate 😉 ), I’ve realized that some bloggers use a rating system when reviewing books and others don’t.
When I was trying to decide if I wanted to incorporate a rating system at Read.Breathe.Relax., I did what I normally do when I need to make a decision: I made a Pro/Con list.
The items in the above list are just a few of the things that I considered. As you may have noticed, I don’t use a rating system on this blog. My main reason for making that decision is wrapped up in my struggle with indecision. (Oh the irony)
I am one of those people who changes their mind a lot. Ex: I re-rate movies on Netflix after I’ve seen the latest blockbuster; I try on tons of clothes before I decide to purchase one item. I’m a classic over-thinker.
To avoid bringing this wonderful yet terrible aspect of myself to the blog, I decided to abandon using a rating system. Although this is my personal decision, I think rating books is really helpful, and I love blogs that choose to include them!
Please note: I am by no means “bashing” any blogs that use a rating system. I just wanted to explain my choice in not using one. It’s simply my personal preference.
Instead I include an “Overall” section at the bottom of every review. I indicate whether or not I would recommend the book and the overall feelings I had about the novel after I’ve finished reading it. This section of the review allows me to fully express my thoughts without leaving any question marks.
Bloggers- Do you rate books using a system, an “overall” section or a different method? Why did you choose one approach over another?
Readers- What do you think book ratings? What influences your interest or purchase of a book?