Hello guys !
The other day I went through my Read shelf on Goodreads and saw that my rating standards were way lower than they are right now and well … I changed the rating of most of my books but that’s besides the point, although it made me think of this post. Why don’t I talk to you, amazing people, about the way I rate and review the books I read.
I am fairly new to this whole reviewing thing because I started it with my blog and it is barely 2 months old but the rating part of it I’ve been doing for years which explains why my ratings were so high, they were based off of feelings and exclusively feelings which tend to fade and change with time, I also noticed that I used to give a butt-load of 5 stars ratings.
So, now that I review, I learned to dig deeper and to pay attention to other things than what the book made me feel right there and then. Plot, pace, writing, characters, world building etc… Which brings us to my first point :
How Do I Review ?
THE BEFORE :
First of all, I always have a notebook on my bed-side table. So that when I’m reading (Which usually happens in my bed) I can jolt down all the thoughts, ideas, and feelings that I have while I have them. To be honest, at the end, I find that some of them are unusable in a constructive review haha, as they often are What the fucks ? Oh my gods ! and such.
Then, once I’m done with my reading I put my first spontaneous rating on Goodreads and take a few days to reflect on what I read then I come back, see if the rating still stands and write my review.
THE ACTUAL REVIEW :
My first month of blogging was basically me trying to figure out the way of organizing my reviews that suits me the most which I finally came to 2 or 3 reviews ago. It is pretty basic actually. I don’t use rubrics whatsoever but I organize them into paragraphs in a precise order which is:
- My presumptions and where the book stands against my expectations.
- The writing.
- The plot/storyline and the pace.
- The world building if there’s any.
- The characters.
- My feelings.
My Rating System :
Do keep in my mind that those ratings are strictly personal and would not necessarily apply to you. They’re based on my opinions and only mine.
One last thing, I do not rate books that I DNF. It just seems unfair as I didn’t finish the book and didn’t get the full effect.
That’s it until next time.
How do you rate and review your books ?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.