09 May 2010
I don't just rate books out of whole numbers, they get halves as well. I award them an additional 0.5 when my feeling about the book is actually a combination of two star ratings.
Anyway, you probably don't need me to explain this to you.
The reason I am going into this is because I finally got around to rating every single book review I have ever done (now a total of 60) with this system. Because I only started using the star rating system relatively recently, a lot of my reviews missed out. Not anymore.
And here is what I have noticed. I am a very big on rating people in the mid-range. 15 books have 6 / 8 stars, and 12 books have 5 stars.
Then 6 books have 6.5 / 8 stars and 7 books have 7 stars. Very dense in the mid - high range.
I award full stars very rarely - in fact only 2 books of the 60 have got 8 stars. Similarly, I seem to rarely read a terrible book, with only 2 of the 60 books receiving 2 stars. None have received 1 star.
This is probably most interesting to me because it is my reading and my book reviews, but it has made me wonder... maybe I am not being discerning enough? Is it normal for all these books to be receiving such similar rating or should they be more spread out than they are? I suppose in the end it doesn't matter. I am going to rate them what I think they deserve, but it is interesting to think about.
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