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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Nobody Asked Me/Giveaway: Ratings Mania!!!

So for today's post I was sitting here going through my list of what to write about, and nothing is really jumping out at me. And then I thought to myself, "self, you are really tired. Go to bed." And so I did. And then I stared at the ceiling for like, an hour. It was ridiculous. Now I'm up, and I'm going to write a post.
I figured I would talk about ratings, lack of ratings, different kinds of ratings - and why I have no ratings.

 Cool?
Let's start with why I have none. One reason - because I suck at it!!! 

Seriously folks, I do. Goodreads for example. They give you a choice of 5 stars. No halfsies on this one, but all the time you see people saying "I give this 3 and a half stars" or whatever number. Pain in the derrier. (  |  )

But what's in a star rating? 
 
Say you like the way the writing flows, and the characters - but something happened in the book and it really irked you. Or worse, it really pissed you off. Hey, it happens! So then do you mark it down because it made you angry? What if you got into the story a lot, but you know the writing itself wasn't top notch? That's happened to me a few times. I know some people are very strict on writing - and even more so on grammar. But me? Not so much. I tend to rate emotionally. However, I don't do it like that for every book. Are you seeing where my problems come in? Too many variables!!! 

But yet everyone wants ratings on other sites (meaning Goodreads, Amazon, BN, etc). I really dislike it. I mean, if I am over the top about a book and it was exciting, the writing was good, and it evoked an emotional response from me - I have no problem giving it 5 stars! I will tell my friends, I'll tweet, I'll make facebook posts. I'll go all out. And I think that does more for the publicity of the book rather than my silly ol' rating. But what if its just ok? I tend to rate on a 3 star rating. 3 stars will mean I liked it. 4 is that it was really good. 5 means I want to marry it. 

But on my site? Nothing!!!! That is just too much pressure. I do like how some sites give several ratings, covering things like the heat, the story... heck, I've even seen some that cover grammar (overboard, much?) But do I ever pay attention to the ratings when I choose a book for myself? Not really.

And the dreaded 1 and 2 star ratings. Do I do those? I never ever leave a 1 star. Maybe I would if the whole story was killing kittens or something, but I wouldn't be reading that story in the first place. I don't even really leave 2 stars. 
 
WHY DON'T I LEAVE LOW RATINGS?!?!

 Simple. I don't want to discourage anyone from reading anything. Even if they are reading a book I hated, at least they are reading. And everyone has their own tastes. 
 
Ok, its nearing 2am. I'm not sure if I've made sense in this post, and my mascara is starting to burn my eyeballs, so I have to go to bed. 
 
I do have a giveaway!!! I don't have a picture!!! But trust me, it is awesome like all of my giveaways. Swagolicious swag-city!!! Bookmarks, pens, magnets, trading cards - a great big ol envelope of it. You want it? You got it! Here is a picture of a previous one, and the one you get will be very similar - but not the same!!! I'll pick a winner on Wednesday. International. Peace out!

46 comments:

  1. I don't always look at the ratings on a book because I've found several books that got 5 star ratings and I couldn't even get through the first chapter. Then there were other books that got 2 or 3 stars and I loved them. A complete review of a book is more important to me than a rating.

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  2. i don't mind blog how don't rate as long as i read the blogger opinion on the book. i try to rate honestly but my guess i do rate on a emotional scale however i do point out what i liked and what i liked less because i know we don't all have teh same taste and perhaps something i liked less will be a decisive factor for another reader

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  3. I rate books, but only on goodreads,amazon, etc. Or when I review for another blog that asks for a rating. Otherwise on my own blog I don't rate them. I don't like them either. I agree with you that some books are great in one way but then terrible in another and it's hard to fit that into a rating system. I have given out a few one or two stars, but usually a book has to not have a compelling story AND have other issues. (plot holes, obvious grammer issues - and these have to be in a non arc or non edited final copy edition) I don't just stop reading even if I don't like a book because I'm always hoping it will get better. Also I always try to explain in my reviews why I liked or didn't like a book, but especially why if I didn't like it. and I always suggest the reader read it for themselves since my tastes might not be the same as theirs.

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  4. I do rate books and it's really hard - I try to mostly rate the book based on the writing, the story pace, follow through on the plot, character and emotional development, if it's a mystery I rate whether the author gave good clues or not...lol..thanks for the giveaway

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  5. not always, and i use a kind of weird rating system. my default point is 3-stars, if i think i'm gonna re-read it than it's a 4-stars, and if i love it so much i consider buy-recommend-etc it's 5-stars. it's a hard thing, rating a book..

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  6. I rate books on a 5 scale... I do use half points on my blog because sometimes it is an in between score... I never list anything below a 3... If I do happen to read a book for review and it is just isn't my taste or normal read I won't stop reading it ... I will rate it on how it was written, the plot, characters, what i thought about it...I am honest about what i think, my reviews might not be the best written long as i hate spoiling a book for someone but i will tell you what i think...I also know that low scores don't help authors and just because i don't like something doesn't mean someone else won't like it.. So I agree on you there.

    For example 50 shades of Gray... Read the first book didn't read the others (thought it was poorly written and left me wondering what everyone was so excited about) now a comparable book which i loved way better was the crossfire series by Sylvia Day... Same type of book written much better and left me feeling happy about my choice to buy it.. 50 shades yeah waste of money.

    I rate books i review on goodreads, amazon, b&n and my blog. I do hate that if i rate something a 4.5 on my blog I either have to choose a higher or lower number for other places...So sometimes it can get hard to choose a rating.

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  7. I HATE rating books, unless I'm in love with it. It's so easy a clear when Iove it, but when it's anything less, then it gets a little muddled. And I hate when people misinterpret my ratings. 3 stars means I liked it, but didn't LOVE it. So it drove me crazy when I'd rate 3 stars and people would say something like "sorry you didn't like it." Grrr.. So I don't even rate on the blog anymore.

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  8. I rate them and look at reviews before I buy. But generally if I want it I'm going to buy it. It is super hard to give an author a low rating because they worked so hard on their work. Where I review at we don't post reviews under 3 star and I love that

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  9. I don't like rating books because I usually like them all! I do read the ratings on books, as long as they're short, I don't like the long drawn out ones. Generally I stick to certain genres or I will buy a book needed on a friends recommendation.

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  10. I'm always conflicted with the way I feel about books, so I understand you completely. There's just so many ways you can feel about them. i always try to rate books, but I don't feel it's very justified.

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  11. I never even thought about NOT rating a book.....Hmmmm. Ratings definitely affect my thoughts on reading a book, but not too too much.

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  12. I rate books on Goodreads, so it's out of five. I wish there were more stars. It would be much easier to rate if there were 10 stars. I don't think ratings really really matter. It's nice to see though, if you want to make a split second decision on whether to read a book or not.

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  13. I do rate books but I do not care if other do not. I rate them according to a website's listing.

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  14. I rate them according to whichever site Im ons ratings whether goodreads,amazon or barnes and noble . I love sharing my opinions on books Ive read and letting others know about books they havent heard of before.

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  15. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 14, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Hmmm, that's a thought. I might be more inclined if there were more stars. Good idea. Like something could easily be a 7/10, but I wouldn't be comfortable giving it a 3/5. There ya go Annah, maybe you figured it out?

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  16. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    You never thought about it? Interesting! Are you thinking about not rating them now? I just have so much trouble assigning a number :(

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  17. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    That's how I feel. I mean, I might have liked the romance but the mystery sucked. Or the wolf shifters were awesome, but the vampires were living in lame-city. Or the story was really good, but the heroine (and lets be honest, I picture myself in her position) ended up with the guy I wasn't planning on. It's just too hard!

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  18. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    That's another thing. I've become friends with a lot of authors doing this, and I've gotten a peek into the struggle of bringing a book to life. I feel bad just downing it :(

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  19. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    I totally agree!!! But I swear, you have so many blogging ways I admire, it's not going to be long before I am going down the Christy Street to Christy Town. Or whatever. I'm sure you know what I mean.

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  20. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    That's a lot to consider!!! When I am strongarmed into rating on those other sites, I usually go by did I like it or did I love it. Because if I go any further into the dissection, I think I would drive myself bonkers!!

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  21. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    See, I do stop reading if I don't like it - but I don't tell anyone else that I didn't finish. And sometimes, lately, I chicken out and don't tell the author. Eep! But a lot of them I hold and think, "maybe someday I will go back and try to read it again"

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  22. For me, it's hard to a get five star rating and it's equally as hard to get a one-star. I think I've only ever given like three one-star ratings. I just think that if I got any entertainment value out of it, it didn't deserve to be a one star.


    mestith at gmail dot com

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  23. When I review them on B&N, Amazon, GR, etc I do rate them but I don't really like it. It is hard for me to pick a number. Most of the time for me, I either really love a book, like a book, or dislike. I don't mind that you don't rate books at all!

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  24. I myself don't actually rate them, I mean I may on Goodreads, but that's for the sake of having a lit up star. And I kind of like that you don't rate, because there are some good aspects for a book, but a rating will make it seem terrible, when that's not the catch.

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  25. You make me laugh. I think the only thing I'd rate at 1 star is Pride and Prejudice because I despised the heroine. DESPISED. Even taking into account that it's an old ass book, and Austen was ahead of her time....I just freakin' heated it. Nothing happened until the end! The heroine let herself be moved around like a piece of furniture while mooning over what's his face who was so freakin' idiotically self absorbed he couldn't see how much he was torturing the poor woman. (Who in turn, laid around and smiled while everyone tortured her or pretended she didn't exist.) No. NONONONO.

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  26. I don't hate you because I don't rate books either.Thanks for the giveaway.


    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I really like that you don't rate your books...I only do it because it feels like I have to lol I don't give low ratings for pretty much the same reason you said, I understand my tastes are very different compared to other people and don't want to discourage people from reading what they may find to be a fantastic read.

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  28. I'm not a reviewer, but I'm a blog-stalker... I think it's really great that you don't rate your reviews, because I totally understand how some books might be the best books in the world for some ppl, but the very same books could also be one of the worst books someone has ever read. Just reading a review can help understand a book better before reading, but just judging a book by a rating a reviewer has posted can make a person miss many good opportunities to read a book they would've loved. I like your whole no-rating reviews. :)

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  29. I do rate books .
    I rate the book based on the writing, the story pace, the plot, character and emotional development.



    thank you for the giveaway :)


    sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. As a reviewer I do rate books. I rate them as a whole, taking everything into question before giving the book a rating. Everyone has their own way and decides for themselves on book rating so I don't think there is a definite answer to whether or not books should be rated and how.

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  31. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    I love that answer! I see some places and authors that are so focused on that little star, it makes me all a bit gunshy I suppose.

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  32. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I completely agree with what you are saying. I definitely think when I read other peoples reviews that what they say about the book definitely says more than the rating. The only time I think I do pay attention to the rating is with the heat ratings... maybe I'm just a perv lol.


    And you should start a blog!! It is a crazy amount of fun! :)

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  33. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    heheh peer pressure!! But I totally get what you mean. There are times I totally feel that pressure too. Even when I give books a 5 star rating on Goodreads or something, I feel bad for my other books that I enjoyed that didn't quite make it there.

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  34. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    lol thanks for not hating me :) Glad to see I am not alone in not rating!

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  35. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Huh. I've never read P&P. I really don't even know that much about it. But I recently got P&P and Zombies. I'm not sure I will actually ever read it though.


    Does anyone get tied up and spanked in it? LOL That would make me like it a lot more hahaha.


    I'm kidding.


    Kind of.

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  36. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I'm so excited to see there are so many other people on board with not rating. I had felt like I was nearly alone in this. Yay us!!

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  37. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Yeah, that's basically me. Love, Like, Dislike. But then they want you to gauge past that and add in those extra little stars. It's much too much for me!

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  38. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    I don't think it is that hard to get a 5 star from me, maybe I'm a bit easy that way. If it made me smile in real life, or cry, or cheer (yep, I have totally done that out loud) then it for sure gets a 5 star from me. If I have to explain to my coworkers why I am giggling to myself at lunchtime, then its probably getting one, too :)

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  39. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Yep, that's me. I just want to talk about my favorite books with people. And gossip about them, "oh my goodness, did you see what that character did? I just wanted to die!!!"

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  40. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I just find it so hard to do sometimes. But I can totally see how it can pump up an author's standing on whichever site. I just think overall the words are more important than the stars.

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  41. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    LOL I get really long winded sometimes! I have to force myself to not go on and on and on and on.


    and on and on. LOL.

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  42. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    50 Shades, aside from not having time to read it yet - I just haven't felt the need because I've heard so many people say its like... like erotica for people who have never read erotica. Like if you don't know what the good stuff is, then you will like the book. But then people are like that about Twilight too, and I loved that series. So when the time comes, I am sure I will read it one way or another. But ultimately, it will have nothing to do with how many stars it has.


    Plus that star rating could change from site to site. If someone rates on one site but not the other, that could totally skew the results.

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  43. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    It is hard!! and then when we all use a different reason for why we give it a certain number of stars, it makes you wonder what the stars really stand for overall when its all said and done.

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  44. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Yes, I'm mostly on a emotional scale myself. For me though, its the worst part of reviewing. It is definitely a lot of pressure. And there are a lot of times I am just not satisfied with the number of stars I've given a book.

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  45. Liz @ Fictional CandyMarch 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    I agree!! I just love seeing what someone else thought about a book. I love to see if they pick up on the same things I did, or if they loved/hated a character the same as me. All kinds of stuff that you just can't get from a star :)

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  46. Don't rate books and don't mind if you don't either

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