I probably won’t do two topics on one Monday very often, but this one is really bugging me, so I just don’t want to wait.
I’m just curious about how you all feel about book ratings…
Specifically, I’m talking about rating a book on goodreads that hasn’t been published yet. Now let’s be very clear on what I mean. I’m not talking about bloggers or others who have been given an advanced copy, and therefore who have actually read the book before it’s publication date. No, I’m talking about those who have not read it yet, but who have given it a rating anyway.
It happens on both ends of the spectrum. Those that give their favorite authors an immediate 5, and those that hate an author and give an immediate 1…BEFORE they’ve read the book.
I get that people want to support their favorite authors and that based on past reading experiences they feel pretty confident they’ll flove anything that author writes. I have quite a few authors that would fall into that category myself. BUT, I have been surprised on occasion, and read a book that I couldn’t in good conscience give a perfect rating to. Some, that I would rate much lower. On the flip side to that, I just don’t get the mean spiritedness of giving an author a 1 because you either don’t like their writing, or something about them personally. I’ve seen that far too often lately, and I find it really disturbing and sad.
So, what are your thoughts on the subject?