I don’t use a star rating on my blog specifically because I don’t like them. But since Goodreads and NetGalley still use them, I am stuck. Lately, I have been wondering if I have gotten too picky with my Goodreads ratings. Have my standards gotten so high??
I have noticed that it is getting harder and harder for me to justify a five star review. In the last two months, for example, I have a read a total of 44 books. Of those 44 books, I have given out only FIVE five star ratings, while I gave TWENTY-TWO four star ratings. That is a huge discrepancy, right?
So why do those books not rate a five star? I do believe that I have become a perfectionist with my ratings. Or maybe I have just read so many amazing books that I can't help but play the comparison game. It seems like I am striving for perfection with my five star books. These are a couple of books that I recently rated five stars.
These books were amazing in every way and I can't thing of a single thing I would change. Nothing at all.
When I rate a book four stars, I absolutely loved the book . . . but typically, there are still one or two flaws.
I think maybe the issue is that I am reading way more books than I did before blogging. Of course, I am unemployed now so that does add a bit of free time to my day. But reading so many books makes me raise my standards even more. When I read books like The Book Thief, which freaking destroyed me, I just can't help comparing other possible five star books to that one.
But I do think it's my personality. I am an obsessive compulsive perfectionist when it comes to just about every aspect of my life. So it is no surprise that I am applying that same philosophy to my books. But maybe I should stop the comparing and stop the strive for perfectionism. Maybe if there is a book I absolutely adored, but it had one or two minor flaws (such as Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers), maybe that book still deserves the coveted five star rating.
How do you decide which books to rate five stars? Do you think a book has to be perfect to receive the coveted five star rating?