Welcome to the first discussion post of the year! As I said in my End of The Year Post, I want to promote discussion here on the blog, so today we will be talking about rating books with half stars.
Who uses half stars to rate books? Up until now, I have set a personal rule for myself to not use them. I have made it so that books are either worthy of a solid 4 stars or 5 stars, etc. And I have not strayed from this because I wanted my rating system to be simple and straightforward.
However, I have read a few books recently that have been difficult to rate under this framework. Some books are not worthy of a solid point rating. It isn’t quite 3 stars but it definitely isn’t 4 stars. Or a book I enjoyed is better than 4 stars but not quite worthy of 5 stars.
Has it become unfair to not have half-point scores? To go straight from a in-the-middle 3 to a I-really-liked-this 4 can be quite the jump for some books. And when a book is not quite a I-will-love-this-forever 5, but neither is it just a I-really-liked-this 4, what do you do? Give the book a higher score than it deserves? Or not give it enough credit?
My self-imposed rule is becoming a problem. Should I incorporate half-star points into my reviews?
What’s your take on this topic? Do you use half-star ratings? Or do you use a different scoring system altogether?
*With all that said, I want to stress that rating books is completely SUBJECTIVE. So what may be a 3 star book for me, may be a 5 star this-is-the-best-book-I’ve-ever-read book for you. No hard feelings, ok?