I missed yesterday’s #BookBlogWriMo post because I was exhausted and dying from helping my husband clean out the garage. BUT, yesterday’s post and today’s post are related and can go together. So, without further ado…
My ratings and review process is pretty straight forward I think. I can’t review a book as soon as I finish reading it. I need to sit on it for awhile and stew over it. I have to let it sink in and decide how I am going to write the review. I don’t take notes but I do highlight errors I find or quotes that I love. I know people that make notes and start writing their review while they are still reading. I just can’t do that. I absolutely hate it when I finish a book and have to right the review immediately, even if I love the book. I’m not that creative or into writing that I can just sit and articulate what I need to say. It doesn’t matter if I loathe the book or think it’s phenomenal.
This is my rating icon. I chose it because it is absolutely beautiful and it’s different. Plus, blue is my favorite color. We rate the stuff that we read in “books,” not stars or hearts or lips. I wanted something that was different and because we only do book stuff (reviews, cover reveals, blitzes, etc), I thought it was fitting.
Now to explain how I decide what to rate a book. I can’t speak for my other reviewers, but this is how I do it. It’s pretty self explanatory, but I’ll break it down just in case.
1 book = Couldn’t read. Did not finish. Didn’t grab my attention by 30% in.
2 books = Needs major work. Bad editing. Bad writing. Uninteresting story line.
3 books = OK story. Needs editing or some work on the elements in the story. Would most likely read it again once it was fixed.
4 books = Good story. Good writing. Definitely interesting. Didn’t wow me.
5 books = Wow!! Outstanding!! Totally engrossed in the book. Would highly recommend. Would definitely read another by this author. Can’t stop thinking about the story.
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Now I do rate in 1/2 books. I usually save those for the 3 & 4 rated books. Generally when I add the 1/2 it’s because it was slightly better than the solid rating but not quite enough to go to the next one. I also round down when I rate on other sites. How I figure it is this: why should a 3.5 star book automatically become a 4 star? Or a 4.5 become a 5? It’s not accurate. If it was, then I would’ve rated it a 4 or 5.
No matter your rating or review system or what icon you use to rate books, the most important thing to remember is this: LEAVE A REVIEW!! Reviews are what can make or break an author. You don’t have to have a blog or write something amazing or long about a book. Just write a few sentences to put your thoughts out there. DON’T post spoilers!! It is a no-no! Also, don’t attack the author. You are critiquing the book not the person that wrote it. Break down what you liked or what you didn’t like. That is a lot more helpful than saying something like the author must have been on crack to write this story.
I will leave you with this last meme, that I made myself. It’s 100% true, even if you didn’t get the book for free.