Why do I rate all my books 4 stars ?

ο»ΏHello friends! Happy August! What are your plans for this month? Is it summer break where you live? I guess traveling to faraway places is out of the question for now.

For my part, I enjoyed some time off work and it felt really really good. Even when we were in quarantine I was always working and getting back to the office was really tiring so it felt good to take a breather for a while.

I’m back on the blog today with a topic I had in mind for SUCH a long time but I really didn’t know how to tackle it. So please excuse me if my post is all over the place.

Pretty much everyone’s on Goodreads nowadays, right? And if you’re not, you’re on another similar platform.

Goodreads is a great tool to keep track of your reading, to put a little review and to grade the book you’ve just finished reading.

According to Goodreads:

  • 1 star is “I did not like it” (That’s a bit weird because if you didn’t like it, isn’t a 0 star? Or is it too harsh?).
  • 2 stars is “It was OK”.
  • 3 stars is “I liked it”.
  • 4 stars is “I really liked it”.
  • And 5 stars is “It was amazing”.

I’m not going to get into a debate about “How the hell are you supposed to rate a book, isn’t it a bit indelicate especially for the author who put his heart and soul into it??”, today I’m just going to talk about a problem I’ve been having (or is it really a problem?).

πŸŒͺ I’m obsessed with the 4-stars rating

When I was younger, I had no issue putting 5 stars to a LOT of books I’ve read. I put 5 stars to Pretty Little Liars, I put 5 stars to Divergent, I even put 5 stars to Gossip Girl for God’s sake.

Would I give them the same rating now?

Probably not but that’s not the issue, the issue is that I don’t or can’t really put 5 stars to a book anymore. I’ve read 494 books and I’ve only rated 102 books 5 stars, how is that possible? But it’s not only the problem that I can’t put 5 stars, it’s that I pretty much ALWAYS rate books 4 stars.

Looking at my shelves, there are a few 2 stars, some 3 stars and absolutely none of the 1 star rating. So is there a problem with me? Well…maybe a little bit, but not really.

πŸŒͺ I pick books I know I’m going to enjoy

If I always put 4 stars, it’s because I really know the books I’m going to enjoy.

Over the years, I got to know myself and the stories that I will like. This book full of drama, secrets and back-stabbing, I’m in! This one about a sweet friendship, it’s definitely for me. Or this one about traveling, this one about enemies-to-lovers romance or this one about a very imaginative dystopia: yes, yes and yes!

That’s why I very rarely rate below 4 stars and that’s awesome because I read for fun! I read books that I know I’m going to like, whatever people say, whatever people recommend to me. I choose books for ME!

πŸŒͺ Rating a book 5-stars is like the Graal

Another reason I almost always rate books 4 stars is because, with time, I became super critical.

I guess in my mind when you put 5 stars, it means it’s perfect. I DO know that a book can’t be perfect, it’s not possible! There is always something that will annoy you, a chapter that will be a bit slow and a character you won’t find developed enough.

I didn’t have that problem when I was younger but now, rating a book 5 stars is a big deal. The Hunger Games, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Lunar Chronicles, Harry Potter, I’ll Give You the Sun, I’m always comparing books to those favorites of mine and I know it isn’t fair because every story is unique and if reading it made me feel something, I should just stop the overthinking bit and rate it the goddamned 5 stars.

What about you? Do you have the same issue? Always a bit scared to rate a book the big 5-stars?

Why do you think that in our society we always have to rate stuff? What does a grade really mean?

Let’s chat in comments πŸ’¬

 

 

 

 

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95 thoughts on “Why do I rate all my books 4 stars ?

  1. I’m a very picky reader but haven’t managed to develop the talent of selecting books that I know I’ll enjoy. I tend to fall in the ‘why do I rate all my books 2 or 3 stars’ but I’m the same as you when it comes to the higher end – I very rarely rate 5 stars and if I’ve really enjoyed it I tend to 4 star it.

    The most recent 5 star I’ve given was to Evelyn Hugo actually and I tried to work out the ‘science’ of *why* and why another book I really enjoyed didn’t get 5 stars. For me it comes down to whether I thought it was ‘technically’ superb and couldn’t fault in in terms of characters, plot or pacing but also whether it made me feel things. Another plus is if I manage to read it really fast without skipping over anything. The second I skip through anything it gets a 4!

    Not really scientific at all but just a hodge podge of reasons I guess!

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    1. Oh, you’ll develop that talent over time that’s for sure! 😊
      Glad to see I’m not the only one!
      OH YEEES to Evelyn Hugo, one of my best reads, hands down 😍😍
      I guess there’s no real science to it. Maybe it also depends on your mood and what’s happening in your life when you’re reading a certain book. Sometimes it will blow you away and sometimes, it will just fly by you.
      Thank you so so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! 😘😘

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  2. I swear I could have written this post! Especially the 4 star point. Ive become pretty good over the years at picking books I’ll like and quitting books I don’t, so I do end up with a lot of 4.

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  3. Love this discussion Nyx because I feel super similar. It’s lowkey really hard to distinguish between a 4 star and a 5 star for me. I also know my taste too, so I never used to rate books lower than 4. I think I’ve become a bit more open to different genres now though, which is why I’ve been rating books lower than I usually do. Or I’m becoming picky lmao. Anyways, TOTALLY feel you hehe

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    1. Aww, thank you I’m so glad πŸ₯°
      Hahaha, totally get the picky part!!
      Happy to see I’m not the only one feeling this way, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the subject 😘😘

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  4. I feel the emotion in this blog post. I have lot of problem in giving three stars unless it’s absolute gibberish. I ‘d rather explain why I didn’t like the book than give a two or a three star.

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  5. I’m the same πŸ˜… I have my favs and if I’m not blown away by the book or smiling like crazy at the end of it, it doesn’t get 5⭐️. I also try to choose books I like, but sometimes I get a dud that I just don’t enjoy or had major issues with it. I tend to rate more on enjoyment & feeling than anything else so most are 4⭐️ for me too!

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  6. I don’t have any issues rating books at 5 stars, a lot of books are really stellar to me. I don’t think they have to be perfection, but it should be something I would buy to read again or really moved me. However I do rate a lot of books at 4 starts because Goodreads doesn’t have half stars. So most of the time I really loved what I read, although a more half in between would be more fitting. I am also pretty good at selecting what I know I’m going to like but sometimes the books surprise me!

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    1. That’s awesome, I need more 5-stars books in my life! πŸ€—
      Yeah, I agree about the half stars, it’s really missing on Goodreads!
      I love it when a book surprises me, I also need more of those 😍
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the subject 😘😘

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      1. For sure, we all do! πŸ˜„ I don’t understand why they haven’t implemented that yet! I know they’re owned by Amazon so they should have the time and people to get it done! And you’re welcome, thanks for this post!

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  7. I am very stingy with 5-star ratings! I would say 3 or 4 is my most common rating (I still wish Goodreads had half-star ratings!). I feel like I really enjoy most books I read, so 4 stars it is!

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  8. honestly? i like giving books 5 star ratings but i like storygraph because you can do .25 star ratings, so i’d say i’ve had a lot of 4.5/4.75 star reads, lol. as for rating things, on my blog i’ve decided NOT to give a star rating because a grade shouldn’t decide how much someone will THINK they will like the book. i don’t like 3/4 star ratings because i still like the book but only 60% of it or 80% of it, which means i still like it.

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  9. I only give a handful of 5 stars per year to the most special books! You’re right, I always think about my fav 5 star reads and see if it measures up. The bar is high for 5 stars!

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  10. oh my goodness, i feel the exact same way!! i completely agree with you that a 5-star book should be perfect in every way, so i feel i use 4 or 4.5 stars… all the time for books i really enjoyed but didn’t have that extra ‘spark’, if that makes sense. πŸ˜… i’m also really picky with my ratings and end up going back to re-rate books a lot, especially because i’m so indecisive and don’t know my rating system that well 😳

    i also can’t relate more with what you said about reading for fun – i read to enjoy the books i pick up, and i’m glad to know my reading taste well, but sometimes i feel guilty because i think that i’m rating books too high? 😭 which shouldn’t be a problem, especially because it’s a good thing! but the pressure of being a critical reader is still always there haha.

    anyways, sorry for this rambly comment! this was such an amazing post, nyx πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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    1. Aaaah yeeees, I’m so glad I’m not the only one!!
      YEEES, that’s exactly it! I need the spark! 😁
      Same here, my rating system is a bit…I don’t know, I just always put 4 stars πŸ™ˆ
      Totally!! I feel exactly the same way, I guess we should’t think about it too much and just read what we like without thinking about the rating afterwards 😊
      No problem, I LOVED your rambling 😁 Thank you for your sweet words, I’m so happy you enjoyed my post 😘😘

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  11. I feel exactly the same way, Nyx! When I was younger, I used to rate all of my favorite books 5 stars, just because I really liked them. But now, I tend to rate books either 3.5 stars or 4 stars, and now my rating system is starting to lose its meaning. I like to read books I know I’m going to like, but as a result, all of my books are rated the same way. 😦 5 star rating are usually reserved for perfect books, or book Is really loved with all of my heart, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to find books like that, so most of the books I read are 4 stars! I also rate on enjoyment, so all of my 4 star ratings are based on different types of emotions. πŸ˜… Maybe I should have a more concrete rating system!

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    1. Yaaay, I’m not alone! 😊
      That’s exactly it!! I just end up rating all books the same way!
      Yees, we need more 5-stars books!! I guess we’re becoming more and more critical πŸ™ˆ
      Haha, same here! My raitng system makes no sense πŸ™ˆ
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 😘😘

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  12. I rate books based on my enjoyment of not so much the technical aspects of it. Over the years I’ve gotten much better at picking books I know I will at least like so my ratings are usually 3-5 stars I have noticed that I give out a lot of 4 stars but I have no problem giving 5 stars it just depends on how a book makes me feel.

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    1. Yeees! If we liked a book very much, even if it was not perfect (the writing, the plot…), we shouldn’t be afraid to put a high rating!
      Thank you so much for sharing 😘😘

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  13. You’re definitely not alone! πŸ˜‰ I also rarely rate a book a full five stars – if I do, it means I absolutely loved everything about it and that I also can’t find anything to objectively criticize. For example, there are some really trashy books that I absolutely adore, but when I think about them objectively, the writing might not be that great, there might be lots of clichΓ©s, or plot devices that are just a bit too convenient… And that means the book won’t get five stars, even if I adore it. The opposite is also true – if I can’t find anything to objectively criticize but just didn’t completely adore the book, I won’t rate it 5 stars. That’s reserved for the best of the best. So I also have lots of 4 or 4.5 star ratings!

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    1. Yaaay! 😊
      Yees, totally! That’s exactly how I proceed!!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the subject 😘😘

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  14. I have the same issue! (I’m also trying to figure out how to write a post about it haha). I think a lot of the times my initial feeling about a book I loved is 5 stars but then as I start to write my review, I remember things that I didn’t love and that brings it down to 5. I think I’m also just picky? idk. Great post though! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hahaha, it was so hard writing this post, I felt like I wasn’t making any sense at all πŸ™ˆ
      YEEES, same here! SO picky!
      Thank you, I’m so happy you liked it 😘😘

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  15. I’m basically the same! I give a lot of 4 star (or in my case paws) ratings but I rarely give 5. And just like you I seem to be good at choosing books I like. XD So it might look like I’m easy to please but I actually just choosing great books. *lol*

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  16. I’m the same, but with three stars!! At this point, if I finished it and it was okay, it automatically gets a 3. 4 is for if it was pretty good and was written well. 5 is for if I think it was spectacular and made me feel a lot of emotion. I also do half stars and round up/down, depending on the book. It’s rare for me to rate 1 or 2, because anything I may rate that low I simply won’t finish, and I try not to rate books I don’t finish (unless they are truly terrible). I just wish we could be more specific with half ratings on Goodreads, because I don’t always feel the same about books with the same rating!!

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    1. YEEES! We definitely need half ratings! πŸ€—
      And I totally agree with you, we rate books the same but we don’t feel the same about it! The rating isn’t representative at all!
      Thanks for stopping by 😘😘

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  17. This is so relatable! I occasionally give three stars, but that’s mostly because I thought I would love the book and it was a disappointment.
    Although I have to say, ever since quarantine, I give out 5 stars way easier than before. I’m not sure why, maybe just because life is boring now and books are the only things that make me happy so I rate them high? πŸ˜…
    But like you, I know what kind of books I like, so I guess that’s a good thing!

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    1. Yeees, I do the same with the 3-stars rating! It often when I was expecting so much more of the book πŸ˜”
      Hahaha, that’s probably it! Thank god for the books!! They give us the escape we definitely need πŸ’ž
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! 😘😘

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  18. It’s exactly the same for me! Most books get 4 stars. On my blog I also give half ratings if I can’t choose. I don’t give 5 stars often and it’s hard to say when I think a book deserves them. Being able to connect with the characters is definitively important and I also love books that me feel happy or sad. But it really is more a feeling. I would recommend both 4 and 5-star reads and sometimes even books I gave 3 stars.

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  19. Hmm, now that I think of it I also have lots of 4 star reads (and 3 star reads but that’s because I’m super critical and I still consider it a good rating?). 5 star ratings are for THE books but also I know myself enough to avoid 1 and 2 stars easily enough. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. It may seem like I don’t challenge myself but I do. I just don’t read things I know I will hate because what for? I can read 5 other books in the time Ithat would take for me to force myself to read a boring book and I’m bad at DNF things so I would rather just not pick those up.

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    1. Oh yeees, 3-stars is definitely still a good rating I think! 😊
      No, not a bad thing at all! Why whould we read books we know we are not going to enjoy?! That’s dumb! And same, I’m also bad at DNF, I’d rather not pick this book up no matter the hype around it!
      Thank you so much for stopping and sharing your thoughts! 😘😘

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  20. OMG I look at some of the ratings I gave back in 2013 or 2014 and they are all like 5 stars and now I look at them and I’m like “girl, that’s definitely not a 5 star book” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But that is because I think of the books I read in other ways and I have definitey read so much more since then. I feel like those ratings don’t represent how I feel about those books now and maybe are a bit deluding in a way?
    But, back to the topic. It is true that it’s more rare nowadays for me to give a 5 star rating, but I do. I just have to feel like it. I have also given some 4.5 and more 4 ratings this year. But, I also had some 3, 3.5 or below. I wouldn’t say that my ratings are mainly on the 4 star, I don’t perceive that (maybe if we looked at my Goodreas you would find I’m wrong). As you said, I feel like I have been better at picking the books I really want to read but there have also been some disappointments and that’s absolutely fine too!

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    1. Hahaha, same here!! I’m like “what the hell were you thinking??” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Yeaah totally deluding!
      Yeees, it’s good that we know what we like but it’s also perfectly normal to be disappointed by a story every now and then! Reading should always be fun and that’s the end of it 😊
      Thanks you so much for stopping by, talk soon! 😘😘

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  21. This is such an excellent discussion Nyx!! I rate so many books I read five stars, and I rarely rate a book below four stars.

    I think that I am becoming more critical of the books I read as I review more and more books, but I still tend to pick books that I enjoy, and I then give them a higher rating.

    I think that I probably should be more critical of the books I read, and that some books that I rated five stars, especially from a few months ago might be four stars if I was rating it today.

    The goodreads description for the star ratings is a little different than how I generally rate books. If I rate a book 2 stars, I really didn’t like it, and while some aspects of it may have been okay, there were a lot of flaws.

    I very very rarely rate a book 1 Star, because I’m more likely to dnf it than finish it in the first place.

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    1. Aww, thank you!!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it πŸ₯°
      Yaaay for us for knowing what kind of books we like! πŸ₯°
      Yees, the rate would never be the same that’s for sure. We shouldn’t think about it too much 😊
      Yeah, I agree with you. The 2-stars rate is really not a good rate, haha!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the topic! 😘😘

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  22. I feel the same! I think I’m fairly good at choosing books I’ll like these days, so most of my ratings end up being 4 stars.
    I do also think I can be a bit overly generous with my ratings though! I think there is only two books I’ve ever rated 2 stars, and I don’t think I’ve ever given a 1 star rating. And there are definitely books I’ve given 5 stars that in hindsight I don’t feel I enjoyed enough to warrant such a high rating.

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    1. Yaaay for us for knowing which kind of books we enjoy! πŸ€—πŸ€—
      Yeah, same here! And if I were to rate again all the books I’ve read I don’t think I would ever put the same rate! πŸ˜…
      Thanks for stopping by 😘😘

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  23. Hoohoo! What an interesting post. 4 stars is very often what I give books as well, mainly for the reason you named: I know what books I’m going to like. But I do give 5 stars from time to time, though that’s very personal and I go a lot in the direction of personal enjoyment rather than perfection. If I loved a book and it had a certain impact on me (emotionally, impressed me a lot, made me feel seen, etc.), I might give it 5 stars πŸ™‚
    also… let’s not talk about the books we rated 5 stars when we were younger because… urghs πŸ˜€

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    1. Awww, thank you!! πŸ₯°
      Yeees, same here! If I put 5 stars, it’s not because the book was perfect, it’s because it made me feel something!
      Hahaha, yeah let’s not talk about that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you for stopping by 😘

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  24. Goodreads tells me my average rating is 3.74 so I guess I rate most books a 3 or a 4. I’m not really afraid of 5 stars but I think my standards are high. I tend to have the “gold standards” for what 5 stars books are for each genre so they can be hard to live up to. But I find I kinda go on a 5 star bender sometimes and rate a few books in short succession 5 star. I think I just get on a reading “high” and perhaps gloss over some of the things that would have made a book 4 stars.
    I rarely rate books 1 star though. I think that’s because (like you said) I tend to pick books that I know I will like and if I really don’t like something I just DNF it without giving it a rating.

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    1. Yeees totally! So hard to live up to, I’m always comparing when sometimes I really shouldn’t!
      Yeah I get that! 😊
      I never DNF but it’s only because I pick books I know I’ll really like!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the topic 😘😘

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  25. I rate most books I read four or five stars! I do too pick books I know I’ll probably love and finish them if I’m feeling it. I probably give 5 stars quite often but what also happens is that I realize…wait a sec…it wasn’t as good…and then I feel like 4 stars fit it more.

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  26. I’m either really generous with my ratings or really harsh lol I feel like I don’t fall in between that often because I’m like “no make a decision, did you love it or hate it, there is no grey area” (obviously there is, but my mind works like that) lol

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  27. Past me definitely would have given 5 stars to books I enjoyed! But like you said, as I grow up my reading habit and taste change and so does my rating. These days I mostly rate books I read 3 or 4 stars (I also use half-star rating). 5 stars to me is like the most perfect book ever, plus all the emotions punches it packed. But still I have yet to figure out what does 5 stars rating means to me personally. Discussion about star rating system is always fun! So I loved this post, Nyx!!

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  28. Ahh, I love this post, Nyx! I agree with you on so many points and I find myself rating a lot of books four stars as well. Especially as I’ve become a more critical reader, I save five stars for books that absolutely blew me away and that I really don’t have any complaints over, so I end up giving so many books four stars (or three sometimes too). It’s so great that you know your reading taste and read books that you know will be enjoyable for you- I think I’m getting to that point, and hopefully someday I’ll reach the ideal place where I love everything I read, haha. Great post! ❀

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    1. Aww thank you!! πŸ₯°
      I’m glad to see I’m not the only one πŸ™ˆ
      Yeees, that’s the dream! 😁
      Thank you so much for stopping by 😘😘

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  29. I always rate books 4 or 5 stars, usually the latter :’) Like you, I pick up books that I know I’m going to like! Otherwise, what’s the point?! And even if I pick up something I’m not used to, there are usually some qualifying characteristics that caused me to pick it up in the first place, so it ends up being a 4 for me! This was such an interesting read, Nyx; I liked hearing about your thought process behind rating xx

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  30. I used to give out so many 5 stars, but I feel like with time I’ve become a more critical reader. For me though, I now rate so many books 3 stars πŸ˜…
    But I will still rate a book 5 stars if it captivated me or blew my mind. It doesn’t happen as often as it used to, but when it does, said book goes straight into my favorites list.

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    1. Yeah, tell me about it! We’re becoming so picky it’s crazy πŸ™ˆ
      Yeees, it feels so good when that happens! Falling in love with a story 😍
      Thanks for stopping by 😘😘

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  31. I am exactly the same. Most of the books I rate are 4 stars because I know what sort of books I like to read, but there’s usually something small missing that keeps me from giving out the 5th star.

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    1. Yaaay, I’m not alone! 😁
      That’s exactly it!!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 😘😘

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    1. Yeees, that’s exactly it!!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the subject 😘😘

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  32. I know the feeling, I feel so bad when I end up rating a book anything lower than 3 stars and that’s why mostly I try to read books that I think I’ll enjoy

    I have become a more critical reader after I started blogging and the CAWPILE system by G has helped me give better ratings to books

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  33. I used to put 5-star ratings on a lot of books, but over the years I got pretty picky on what I give 5-stars to and I see myself giving more 4-stars than anything else. I think that’s great that you pick books that you know you’ll enjoy. Reading should be fun and if you read things you probably won’t really enjoy, that takes all the fun out of it. Great post, Nyx! πŸ™‚

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  34. I absolutely agree about the 4 star default rating, and I think you have nailed the reasons, too. I notice that SO many of mine have been 4 stars lately, and I agree, it is probably because I am getting better at knowing what I will like. I used to read whatever hyped book came along, but now I have been a bit better about NOT bothering with a book if it doesn’t sound like my “thing”, even if everyone else and their mom loves it. And yeah, I too am reluctant to give a full 5 stars too, because of the same reasons- I used to be SO liberal with them, and now I look back and cringe that I was over here rating Beautiful Creatures 5 stars or whatever πŸ˜‚

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    1. Yeees that’s exactly it!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one, haha πŸ™ˆ
      Thank you so much for stopping by 😘😘

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  35. I loved this! I recently wrote about how I only ever rate 3 stars but since then I’ve changed how I pick my books a bit and I’ve been rating higher since then!!
    I’m glad you read so many books you enjoy!

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  36. Very interesting point of view Nyx! Come to think of it, I also tend to rate a lot lot of my books 4 stars but I never thought about it lol. Same as you, I also have a fair idea of what I tend to like in books, but I do try venturing into unknown territories, and do end up enjoying some of them. I rarely give books 5 stars. Even if i do end up liking them a lot, I give 4.5 stars more frequently than 5. I am not quite good at judging books very objectively though; if a book really gets to me, I am more likely to forgive minor flaws here and thereΒ―\_(ツ)_/Β―

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    1. Thank you! 😊
      That’s awesome, I think I need to get more out of my comfort zone sometimes I may discover something I love 😊
      Yeah, the 5 stars is so hard to give πŸ™ˆ
      Same here!!!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 😘😘

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  37. I completely agree with you! I have noticed that I rate most of the books I read four stars, too. I think it’s because I also only read books I think I will like, and I have no problem dnfing a book if I’m not feeling it. I feel like to be a five star, it has to be a new favorite of mine, and that is not how I feel with most books.

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  38. I definitely used to have the same thing where I would be super reluctant to rate a book 5 stars!! It still happens to me every now and then. I usually go between rating a book based on enjoyment versus rating a book critically, sometimes it’s even a combination of both. If I read a book and when I finish I’m like, wow I had SUCH a good time reading it, I’ll give it 5 stars! Even if I know that there were slight issues with it. I used to not give any books 5 stars because I said that no book can be perfect. Great post!

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  39. i hadn’t realized i did this before reading your post πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ i totally agree with you though ! i tend to steer away from books with a 3-star rating and below (even though 3-stars are technically good!), so the majority of my reviews are just me trying to be critical as a book reviewer, my book-worm heart winning over, and me compromising at 4 stars. like you were saying about reading books that you enjoy, a lot of the fics i read are books that the bookish community hypes up! so I’m sorta stuck in the 4-star zone hahah.

    also a side note– looking back on books I’ve rated 5-stars in the past that were actually a bit mediocre is the strangest feeling ever! is it just me? i can’t decide if i should change my rating or honor past-me’s decision xD

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    1. Haha, I made you realize something huh?! πŸ˜‚
      Glad to see I’m not the only one πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ
      That’s exactly it!!
      No, it isn’t just you! I cringe when I see some books I’ve rated 5 stars πŸ˜…
      Haha, let’s honor our past selves! 😁😁
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 😘😘

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