Friday, August 27, 2010


Book Blogger Hop

It's book hop Friday again courtesy of Crazy-for-Books. Today's question is:

Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?

I've only reviewed one book so far. Look for another over the weekend of Evelyn Waugh's "Decline and Fall." I'm still thinking about a rating system. My last review I just stated I gave it 4 stars, which is what I rated Sister Carrie on Good Reads. I always struggle with rating stuff because inevitably you end up comparing books, and because there has never been two books equally as satisfying in the history of literature, I always end up wondering how I can justify giving a book 5 stars when it really isn't my favorite book ever. If I use that as the measuring stick, I will only have one five star book. I'm leaning towards a fuzzier rating system. Maybe (+) for excellent reads. (-) for crap reads, and (~) for everything in between. Sort of a thumbs up, thumbs down thing.

What do you think?


  1. I appreciate ratings in book review but, surprisingly, don't include ratings in the book reviews I write.

    Isn't that something?

    Happy Hop Friday!

  2. It might be fun if you can find fun pictures of the thumb up thumb down thing. (I'm picturing the Gladiator movie with the mob.)

    Welcome to the Book Blog world!! We are a friendly group of people who know about books but want to know heaps more.

    I'm a new follower. I'm curious as to where you will go with this.

    Black Disaster Fairy

  3. That's an idea, BDF. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Thanks for this post!

    Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and forthcoming "The Homeplace Revisited" Spring 2011

  5. Hi! Just found your blog through the Hop. I see your relatively new to the book blogging world, but I must say I did enjoy your past review. Welcome to the community, I'm your newest follower. Feel free to check out my 1 month old blog in your spare time,

  6. Found you on the Hop. I agree with you on rating systems. I can't say that Book A is 4 stars, but Book B is only 3. I would rather explain what I think about a book, and let my reader decide for him/herself.


  7. Welcome to the book blogosphere - it's a fun plac to be. I'm excited to read more of your thoughts. Glad to have found you via the Hop!

  8. Hi Tony D, I'm stopping by on the blog hop. I don't use a rating system, and don't feel that a rating is as helpful as a well-written review. Nice to have you in the book-blog community!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've started following yours as I'm excited to see what becomes of it. :)

    Happy reading!

  10. Hi there, just stopping by from the hop and I like the look of your blog. Have a great Sunday!