This week, I wanted to talk about the important of ratings….what are mine and why I have them at the level they are and I am curious how you rate your books!! I have noticed each person does their ratings differently. What makes a five star read for you? And why do you set them at a certain level! Well I would like to clarify mine and explain why I think they are important. Now when I first started a blog, I was pretty general about them, but over the years I have become a bit more specific than I ever used to. I am also way pickier than when I first starting reading romances and reviewing the books I read. My tastes in reading have developed, but there are also other things that have changed in the way I love or hate a book!!
Now what does it take for a 5 rating? Well it takes quite a bit for me. In fact this only happens a few times a year. So when I five star a book…that should show how much I loved it!! First off it has to be engaging, the type of book that will keep you up all night reading it because its so dang good. I focus less on actions of characters or situations, because if the author is talented enough at writing it—she or he can make just about anything be a well written book you can love. The characters have to be in depth, easy to love and relate with and get to your emotions. I love a story that is well rounded in the emotion department. I like a story where you laugh, you cry and you want to dance in excitement.
Now what does a 4 rating do for you? Well for me as long as I enjoy it, like the characters then I will more than likely rating it at a 4. There are some things I may not like about the story, the characters, the plot but those factors don’t detract from my enjoyment from the story. If I like a book but don’t love it, I put them under this category. In fact, most of the books I have read over the past couple of years have fit in this category. Mostly because, I have become picky in engagement and plots!! I don’t just love a book because its a fun one to read. There are quite a few factors involved. For a four rating, the book has to fit into certain categories. Such as at least one of the main characters to be one I like. Its okay to have issues with the other, but they have to be redeemable too. The plot has to be engaging, but its alright for it to be a bit predictabel at times…as long as there are some twists along the way.
Now I always know when I am at a third rating!! the biggest sign as I am reading a story, is that its average…doesn’t thrill or excite me, but its a story you can relax with on a slow day. It doesn’t really impress you much, but its not terribly written either. It just doesn’t have anything that stands out to the reader. Its pleasant and likable enough…but nothing else to make it a book you would want to buy or read again. It does make you want to ask yourself “its missing something!!” But you aren’t sure what, you just know the story is definitely lacking so pizazz!
Now a story has to be pretty bad for it to get to 2!!! This is where you have a hard time with the flow of the story. The characters you have issues with and there isn’t too much to recommend the story. There are some likable moments but they are scattered throughout the story, its unbalanced and not a story you would recommend to anyone. These happen very rarely for me. But when they do, its never a fun experience!! Because you want to enjoy it more, but can’t find enough to like it.
Now I can say that these are so rare for me!! But it has happened on ocassion!! Normally what happens with a one star, is that there are a couple of aspects I liked….maybe a few positive moments but the rest of the book is horrible and not worth reading at all. But you do because its popular, or has a plot you are intrigued by or has a setting you like but in the end its the authors writing that gets to you!!
I am so much more pickier about DNF than I ever used to be. I used to ALWAYS finish a book, just felt like I needed to. But now a days I give myself 100 pages…if I can’t like it enough to continue, I put it aside. Because quite frankly, there are so many good books out there you want to get to, why be slowed down by a story you hate and can’t put yourself through. Yep *nodding head* this is true….don’t waste your time folks!!
So what are YOUR Ratings? What makes a solid Five star read for you? What makes a story put it aside as a DNF?? Tell me, I want to know!! 🙂