Discussion time! Last time we talked about 1/2 star ratings and whether or not they are a good idea. Today, I have a completely different idea to think about in regard to rating books.
Should we have star ratings?
Let me explain.
I like to include a rating as part of my reviews, as it is a concrete way to define how much I liked a book. Also, it allows readers to have a clear understanding of how I felt about a book.
However, I feel that ratings sometimes get in the way of the actual review. When I write a review, I put a lot of myself into it: the writing of the review, the editing, the adjusting, etc. I want to share thoughtful reviews with my readers.
The reason I bring up this topic today is because I want the reviews I write to stand on their own, and let the words I write resonate with others. By adding a rating, I feel that it can sometimes take away from the review you worked so hard to write thoughtfully.