what’s up with our ratings?
Recently, we came together as a group and discussed our rating system that has been in place for over two years. Our system was simple: read a book and rate it on a scale from one to five STACKS, with five STACKS being the highest. When we came up with the scale we thought we were smart, the term STACKS fit nicely into our whole “book stack” theme.
However, as time progressed and we delved deeper into the book reviewing world we realized a critical flaw in our ratings. They were subjective.* Guidelines were never established, parameters not given. We didn’t have controlled values set for each rating. Questions like: do we judge books on entertainment value or writing alone? What’s more important, characters or setting? Or is it a big fat combination of it all? We never really discussed these things.
As you can imagine, throwing five girls into the wilds of book reviewing has turned out to be an eye-opening experience. Each of us have our own political and religious beliefs, a favorite genre, have elements that annoy us in books, have things that make us happy in books, etc… Without standardized ratings, you can see how we could each rate a book differently based on our own preferences and life experiences. We always thought that was a good thing! But we realize that when one of us rates a book 2, and another of us rates it a 5, that means that you, the reader, won’t have a clue as to whether or not the book is actually worth reading.
So for now, we will forego ratings and just fill up our reviews with honest thoughts and feelings. Yes, the reviews themselves are subjective; but since our opinion is based on how we feel we will tell you the whys and the how comes, and let you judge for yourself without the influence of a rating.
We would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this! What works for you, what doesn’t? Are you part of a collaboration blog? Speak up and tell us what you think, we’re listening!!!
*we’re all still rating books individually on goodreads
STACK Girls – Stacy, Shannan, Nancy, Sarah and Amanda