Every time I rate a book, I struggle with what Iâ€™m rating it on.
Both Amazon and GoodReads use a 5 star system. If I loved the book, thatâ€™s easy. However, what if I liked the book except for the ridiculous stereotypical romance that was a minor theme. Do I ding it half a star? What if I read a romance and itâ€™s really well written and the character development is good but I hate romances? Do I rate it on how good of a romance it is? (Maybe pretty good.) Or on how well I liked it?(Maybe not at all.)
And it depends on who Iâ€™m rating it for: me, friends, potential readers or authors. If these ratings are just for me, maybe to remember how I like a book or for some system to recommend books for me, then itâ€™s simpler. Iâ€™ll rate it based on much I liked it overall. But these ratings are also for our friends to see if books are good. And if you leave your rating on Amazon, itâ€™s used to make recommendations to potential purchasers. Iâ€™ve also had authors reach out to me and ask me to write a review because Iâ€™ve rated their book.
I really want a rating system with many more subcategories. Readability, character development, plot, dialog, descriptions,Â â€¦ And each category of book might have an additional subset of categories. Nonfiction books might have an accuracy category. Science fiction books might have a universe category.
How do you choose to rate a book? Do you just pick a star rating based on how you feel? Or do you have a system? Who are you rating it for?