Today's question: Do you use a rating system on your blog? How do you feel about using the rating system provided on sites like Library Thing and Amazon? When looking up information on a book you are interested in, do you use the ratings provided by these sites (or similar sites) to help you make the decision on purchasing the book?
On my blog I make a recommendation - sometimes positive as is in "Everyone must read," to the negative as in "could not finish" or "maybe someone will like it, but not me." On LibraryThing, I do select the star ratings for each book that I read and review. But sometimes, I admit to being a tiny bit influenced by the ratings already posted by others...never by much, maybe a half star especially if I sort of liked the book but had a small issue with some parts.
When I am thinking about reading a book, I usually take a look at the reviews on LibraryThing first, and then glance up at the star rating. But I have to tell you that, much like movie reviews, there are some books that I absolutely loved that have very low ratings...and some that I cannot even begin to finish (or review for fear of offending the world) that others have rated highly.
First I am fairly easy to please, don't meet too many books that I hate. But when I don't like a book, I really do not like it. Do any of you do that where you have problems with reviewing a book that you just did not like at all or cannot finish? Sometimes I cannot even verbalize why I don't like it, other times it is the writing style, the characters, the story. Anyway, hints for the faint of heart who are hesitant to post negative reviews.
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