A few weeks ago, I posted about my thoughts on rating systems and asked your opinion on whether I should integrate one here on my reviews. Thank you so much to everyone who left a comment, they were all really helpful and thoughtful. The majority of people seemed to find rating systems helpful because it gave a definite impression of a person's overall opinion and the results of the poll showed that most of the voters would like a rating system here because only 2 out of 15 voters said they wouldn't.
So, I've decided to a trial rating system here until the end of March to see how it goes. To get over the problem of different genres, I'm going to rate mainly on enjoyment so if I couldn't get into a book even though the writing was good, then the rating will be lower. I love all the pretty graphics that people use for rating systems but until I decide whether I will use a rating system permanently here, I'll just to keep to just writing the number of stars. If I do continue to use it, I will probably also create a page to explain the ratings more in depth.
Here's what I've got outlined for each rating:
1 stars- I really didn't like this book and it wasn't worth my time.
2 stars- Overall, this book wasn't for me but I probably liked small parts of it.
3 stars- I liked this book and it was worth a read but there were a few things that affected my enjoyment. You may want to get it from the library before you buy it.
4 stars- I really enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend it but it was missing that extra spark.
5 stars- Everything about this book was amazing and I absolutely loved it- go and buy it now!
There will also be half ratings to give me more leeway in deciding because I don't want all my ratings to end up really high.
I'm very interested to see how this trial goes and I hope the ratings will be useful to you!
Stephanie (Books Are A Girl's Best Friend)