With me always scheduling blog posts beforehand, this one is a bit odd because the thing that inspired it was the book review coming on Friday, which you’ve obviously not seen yet.
But, the topic is all about how we rate our favourite books. Because really…
Can we rate our favourite books 5/5 stars if we find a problem in them?
I think we can all agree that a 5/5 star rating is the best it can possibly get.
And yet, the rating is still subjective to each person, which is the main issue when it comes to things like this. If I rate a book 5 stars, it means it’s a new favourite to me. To someone else, it might mean that they found absolutely nothing they would improve or complain about. To another, it might mean both of those things.
But still, 5/5 stars is the best rating you can give.
Again, each person’s reviews are an entirely subjective thing. And I know I’m probably overthinking this.
But I always get that feeling of “should I really be rating this book 5/5 stars if I’ve found a problem with it? That’s a full rating, how can I give that to something that could do with a tiny bit of improvement?” Or maybe I don’t see the issue straight away, but someone points it out and all I can think is “oh yeah. Should I go back and dock my rating?”
To be fair, these thoughts don’t cross my mind for long. In fact, this paragraph will be the longest time I’ve ever thought about it. But still. The doubt creeps in.
But really, those thoughts are only a small dot in my mind because you know what? This is MY rating. It was my experience of reading the book, and my rating system goes off how I FELT during the book, not how critically I think about it.
And put it this way – no book will be perfect. Sure, we might say our favourite books are absolutely-perfect-the-author-can-do-no-wrong-it-deserves-a-shrine, but really, it’s not. It’s perfect TO US maybe, but not to everyone. No book will ever be absolutely perfect. And if following the logic of “5/5 stars means this book can’t be improved”, then 1. that’s a flawed system and 2. no book would EVER be rated 5 stars.
So yes. I think you CAN rate a book a full 5 star rating, even if you find a “problem” within. Because in that, you acknowledge that it’s flawed, but perfect to you anyway.
Just like most of our favourite characters, AM I RIGHT?
So now it’s your turn!
Do you think you can rate a book 5 stars if you see a flaw in it somewhere?
What do you think when you see someone rate a book 5 stars?
What makes YOU rate a book 5 stars?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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