Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Blog Hop

Time for the blog hop again!  Check out Crazy For Books to join the fun!  If this is your first time here, take a look around and let me know what you think.  I review a wide range of genres, from literary fiction to memoir to non-fiction to young adult to chick lit.  I also post a few times a week on issues in the book industry - publishing, authors, librarianship, etc.

Our question for today is "Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?"
I am really wishy washy with my rating system.  I have done the five star system like on Goodreads, but I find it difficult to rank books on a number scale.  There are times that I really personally dislike a book, but think that the writing is amazing or the issue needs to be addressed.  It's just hard for me to place a number value on a book.  How can I say a book that I hated, but is well written gets one star, when I also give one star to a book that I hated and wasn't well written?  So I typically try to just stick with "recommend" or "don't recommend" and give my reasons why.

13 comments:

  1. Love the blog. Found you on the hop!

    www.becksbookpicks.blogspot.com

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  2. I'm a new follower.

    http://www.threedifferentdirections.com
    http;//www.playthatnow.com

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  3. I can't go with a number system either. I wish I was creative and could come up with something fun like a few bloggers do! I just go with my opinions and if i'd recommend it or who would like it.

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  4. I use the number system on GR, but on my blog I just say if I liked it and why.It's such a personal preference if you like a book, I want to explain what the book's about but not rate it.

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  5. Hopping by to say hello. I do not use a rating system - just write short reviews. Have a good weekend.

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  6. Found you via the HOP. I don't use a rating system for my book reviews at this point, but I may start one soon. Happy Reading!

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  7. Found you through the hop.
    I totally agree with your sentiments about rating books. I tend to use half stars for books that are well written but not to my liking and books that I like but aren't particularly well written

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  8. Just hopping by. I don't do a lot of reviewing. I mostly write and blog about writing. Love the cat!

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  9. Just stopping by from the hop. I am a new follower, I too love the cat. I really like the header on your blog, very unique.
    If you get a chance please stop by at
    http://wrighton-time.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thanks for this post!

    Bill ;-)

    http://drbillsbookbazaar.blogspot.com/2010/08/back-in-saddle-again.html
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and forthcoming "The Homeplace Revisited" Spring 2011

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  11. Hi Julie, thanks for visiting me on the hop :) I love your header, it's brilliant!

    Sticking with recommendations is a good way to go - sometimes I end a review with a "highly recommended" comment, and yet most of the time I find I don't want to recommend a book in case someone reads it because of me and doesn't like it and won't trust my reviews anymore! Yeah, I over-think things, I know! ;)

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  12. You have a beautiful blog. I found you through the hop. I try to keep the rating 60/40, 60% how well it was written, 40% my reaction to it. It's still a tough call sometimes, but it seems to work best for me. Stop by if you get a chance.

    http://booksforbears.blogspot.com

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  13. Hi, hopping on by and letting you know I've given you an award
    here !

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