Book Blogger Hop: The Rate Debate

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Q: Do the star ratings a book receives on Goodreads or retail sites affect whether you buy the book or not? (submitted by Flora @Β Flora’s Musings…)

A: Star ratings rarely affect whether I will read a book or not. I think that everyone rates things so differently that it’s impossible to get a true idea of what the book is like without reading reviews. What is a 5 star read for me might only be a 4 star read for someone else, but we both enjoyed it the same amount. Even I don’t rate things the same all the time. I might really enjoy the plot of a book, but have issue with something else about it and so I rate it lower. Stars are just too arbitrary!


Book Blogger HopΒ is a weekly meme hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer that runs from Friday to Thursday.

Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.Β  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

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  1. It does. And over the years, I’ve been with GR for 8 years, I noticed that most books I really enjoy and love are always over 4 stars. Books that are below 4 stars have a 90% chance that I’ll give them a 3 star rating, which for me is a book that isn’t memorable enough for me to remember. BUT of course there are always exceptions. πŸ˜€

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  2. I read books based on my interest in them, not based on ratings. However, when it comes to actually purchasing a book, it can come into play–particularly in two instances, whether I am on the fence about buying the book (a separate issue from whether I want to read it) or if I am buying a book I haven’t read as a gift for a friend. But even then, I do not take in the ratings by themselves. They are too subjective and mean different things to different people, as you said. I look at the reviews and what people have to say about the book too. And even those I take with a grain of salt. People don’t always agree on books. Your favorite might be my least favorite or vice versa.

    Have a good weekend. Stay safe and well!

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  3. Thanks for answering my question. πŸ˜‰
    Star ratings do play a part in my decision whether to buy a book or not but, like you, it’s more about the reviews, thoughts and comments that would sway me one way or another. πŸ’œπŸ˜Š
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, stay safe and healthy.
    Here’s my BBH Post
    Flora x

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  4. Personally – I am a little more ‘shallow’ when it comes to picking my books. I tend to go for the covers before anything else.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Be safe πŸ™‚

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