Friday, August 27, 2010

My Book Review Rating System


It's time for another Friday Book Blogger Hop! This is a great event hosted by Crazy for Books and designed to connect book bloggers. This week's question is:

Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so,
what is it and why?

I do have a rating system. When I started my blog almost a year ago, I looked at other book blogs to get ideas on what I wanted to include on my own. One of the things I like about other blogs is being able to see a rating. I thought a lot about what kind of rating system to use, how many choices to include, and what they would mean. I decided to do a 5-point scale because I can't imagine being able to fit all the books I read into just 3-4 choices. Even with 5 choices, I still find myself giving books an extra half point sometimes.

My rating system isn't very creative, but I think it works fairly well for me. Here's what it looks like:
5/5 = It's one of my favorites!
4/5 = It's a great book!
3/5 = It's a good book.
2/5 = I didn't like it.
1/5 = I couldn't even finish it.

So what do you think? As a reader of my blog, does this rating system work for you? Anything you think I should change? What does your rating system look like?

9 comments:

  1. Hopping by to say hello. I do not use a rating system - I just write short reviews. I have to rate on Amazon, and that is hard enough. Have a good weekend.

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  2. Just hopping by to say, hi.
    Kelly Bookend Diaries
    http://bookenddiaries.blogspot.com

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  3. Found you through the blog hop
    You read a nice selection of books :)

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  4. I don't use a rating system for my book reviews. For both of my book blogs, I decided to only write reviews of books I really like (this is, after all, just for fun and an unpaid job!) - I just didn't want to waste my limited time on books I didn't enjoy. Hence, the name of my kids' book blog - Great Books for Kids and Teens! So, if they're all books I liked, then a rating system seemed unnecessary.

    But I have nothing against ratings, and I like your 5-point scale - nice and simple and easy to understand.

    Sue

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  5. 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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    Hello, found you at The Hop.
    I think the hop is a marvelous way to meet bloggers both old and new.
    I'm #211, http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/. Just stopped by to wish you a great weekend and check out your blog.
    This week my trip to the Hop is brought to you by the number 3.

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  7. dropping by via the hop. :) You should stop by my blog sometime. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Visiting from the HOP! I wish that blogs had been around when I was reading to my four children. You might enjoy the Newbery site where I occassionally review books.

    I hope you will have a chance to visit one or both of my blogs: LibrarysCat Books and Holocaust Resources for children!!

    Have a great weekend!

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  9. coming through via blog hop :) am loving the blog and am now a follower. Hope you have a good weekend!

    TheBookBluff

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