I recently took a trip to Barnes and Noble, on a whim, with no set amount of books in mind to purchase.
Dangerous I know!
But I just wanted to look and see what is currently out and what I might have missed because honestly I don’t know how some of you do it but I can’t keep up with all the new/current books. I try but a few sometimes slip past me without notice.
I happened to be looking over the books in the YA fantasy section and picked up one, apologies for not remembering which one it was, I looked at so many. I scanned the back of the book with my Goodreads app and the rating came up at 3.45. Thinking it wasn’t a good read, I put it back, I did this for a little bit when I finally put my phone back in my pocket and said I need to ignore the ratings. Just because a book wasn’t liked by some doesn’t mean I wont like it…right?
That got me thinking about ratings.
Mine used to be 3.5, anything below that I would skip but again I felt like that’s not fair, don’t books deserve a chance from anyone. Even when the rating is super low. I noticed this happens a lot with hyped books, it’s hard to really tell a rating before the book has been out for a bit because I honestly think some ratings aren’t honest because the book is popular or you get some trolls that go on goodreads and rate popular books one star.
So I am not sure I honestly trust the rating anymore for books that I might enjoy. For example, And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich has a rating of 3.55, but I LOVED it and actually gave it 5 stars. However, Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer has a rating of 3.4 and I actually DNF’d it. I thought it was interesting but a little too slow for me. So in that case the rating reflected how I felt about the book but I honestly will never know unless I try it.
So I ask you….
What is your do not read number? Do you have one? Or do you like me no longer or never did trust the number rating?
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