Another week, another discussion post!
I didn’t have a specific idea for this week’s post, so I consulted my notebook and picked out one of my ideas, and chose this one.
I saw a discussion like this a long time ago and it really caught my attention, so it’s always been on my mind since.
So today I’m asking you…
Can a book reviewer rate books too easily?
Think of it this way:
If a person who reviews books always seems to give books high ratings – 4 or 5 stars, let’s say – would you trust their opinion, or would you be wary?
I do admit that my average rating tends to be around 4 stars, but that’s because I’m quite good at judging what sort of books I’ll enjoy. And obviously I’m not going to choose to read a book I probably won’t enjoy just for the sake of having a wider range of ratings. However, if I don’t like a book as much as usual, I’ll definitely not give it a higher rating just out of generosity. I mean, just last week I rated a popular book 2/5 stars, because it just wasn’t for me.
So is it possible that these reviewers are just lucky, and always enjoy the books they read…or are they not reviewing hard enough?
I never think to myself that someone’s judgment is less than my own – that’s just a ridiculous thing to think. If a person rates a book 4 stars, why should anyone dismiss their opinion just because they’ve rated a few books 4 stars lately? So I never dismiss an opinion, but I do remember that it’s their opinion and I might not enjoy the book as much – but that’s the same with all reviews.
However I do sometimes think it about myself. Whenever I seem to rate books around the same for a few weeks, I start to think to myself “Maybe I’m being too lenient? Too generous with my ratings? Am I doing it wrong?”
But there is no “wrong”!
Sure, some people are harsher and stricter with their ratings than others. Doesn’t mean their opinion is more important than others. It just means they’ve looked into it further.
I personally do this thing when I’m rating a book, where I’ll rate it out of 10, instead of 5, and then half it to get my actual rating. Somehow it seems easier to me. It’s like if I’m debating whether to rate a book 3 or 4 out of 5. I’ll see what I’d rate it out of 10…6 might seem to low, 8 might seem to high, so I’d rate it 7. Half it, 3.5/5. I have no idea why this seems easier to me, it just does.
But that’s my way of rating books. Whether people agree with me or not, that’s how I rate my books. So is it possible for reviewers so rate books too easily, or is it just a matter of opinion?
Share your thoughts!
Can reviewers rate books too easily? Would you distrust a reviewer’s opinion if they rated the majority of their books the same? Could they rate a bit harsher?
Or like I said, is it just a matter of opinion? Are they lucky to enjoy books that much all the time?
Do you ever feel like you’re rating books too easily, when all your reviews are a similar ratings for a while?
Let me know in the comments!
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