Do you think a three star rating will condem a book to the bottom of an endless to-read list? I do and I know with me that it does.
When I see a friend rating a book with 3 stars, I know that they enjoyed it but didn’t love it. I know it’s not a bad book and is ultimately one I may enjoy too. However with my to-read list exploding daily, I have no wish to add an ok book to it. I want great books, I want the books that make my heart swell with love for them! So it’s the four and five star reviews that catch my eye and make me open my wallet.
And I feel bad when I hit a book I enjoyed with this rating as it probably will have a lot of good points attached to the review. And if I had to slap a label on it, it would probably be, this book is worth reading but no rush, take your time, maybe when you’re finished all your must-read books. And with book-mountains facing most bloggers, I know in all reality that will probably never happen.
And it doesn’t really matter how positive the text attached to the review is, unless something really jumps out and makes me think I’d love that, I find it hard to look past the middle of the road rating.
I do however tend to read more than 1 review before buying a book so it is the general trend I look at rather than a few individual opinions. But once I see a bunch of those average-ok-goodish reviews, it kills off my excitement about a book and I would probably only pick it up if I saw it on sale. And even then would be in no rush to read it.
I often wonder am I dismissing books I might have loved by depending on ratings and reviews too much. I still do indulge in the pleasure of picking up a random book in a book shop that calls my name but it happens less and less often. I’m more likely to be pouncing on books that I remember friends fan-girling about and doing frantic maths in my head to make as many of them as I can mine. And then I’m hatching plans about how to smuggle them in to the house with my book-nazi husband going ‘more books, what about all those review ones you have to read’. Gah, a girl can’t live on review books alone! And those 3 star I-liked-reviews just don’t really come in to that equation.
Bookish Chat : How about you? Do you consider ratings when buying books? Do 3 star ratings make you want to buy a book? I’d love to know!