You know that moment when you wail, “This book is good but IS IT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE 5-STARS?” and melt into an existential crisis?
Look only a few things in life deserve that coveted and illusive 5-star rating, and those things include: the invention of cheesecake, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and the actual existence of myself which lights up your entire life. 5-stars to me. But books??? Books are hard to be so firm and clear-cut with their ratings.
A book might make you feel so happy that it’s 5-stars. Or maybe it ruins your heart and soul so it’s 5-stars. And these are two vastly different feelings — SO HOW ARE THEY BOTH THE SAME RATING?! Honestly this is why 98% of bookworms are softly crying and climbing up the walls and will not come down.
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but lately I’ve noticed a massive rise in seeing 4.5-star ratings.
And not just on other blogs, but for myself too! I actually don’t use half-stars because Goodreads refuses to (disagreeable Goodreads…) but I’ve wanted to use a 4.5 rating several times this year. So I don’t feel like it’s just me thinking about 4.5 stars more often?!
So clearly I need to massively overanalyse it just in case you weren’t having a crisis about it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Now you can.
MAYBE WE READ SO MUCH THAT OUR STANDARDS ARE NOW UNATTAINABLY HIGH?!
I mean, when you read 100+ books a year, you firstly (a) GO A LITTLE NUTTTTS, and also (b) you do get more picky about finding that “perfect” read! I have books that are ultimately absolutely “this is my everything” favourites, and it’s hard for other books to meet that let alone beat that?!
COMMITMENT IS HARD OK, DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT.
Is it 4 stars??? Is it 5??? I don’t know I gET SO FLUSTERED. If I’m not entirely sure if a book is 5-stars, but it’s not 4-stars, then…??? What’s left but to pack a single rucksack of cheese and goat meat and take to the mountains to live in solitude for our failing to make a decision? *
* Am I extra??? HA. … yes.
YOU’RE SAVING THE 5-STARS TITLE
Because then it carries WAY more weight if you only give them out infrequently right!? Like if I see someone who barely ever goes over 4 stars and then they suddenly dish out a 5? I pAY ATTENTION.
THE BOOK WAS PERFECT EXCEPT FOR THAT…ONE LITTLE THING
Which is valid! Like a smoosh of an ending can ruin an amazing book. Or maybe a book took too long to get super good?! Or maybe the book was going along great AND THEN THE DOG DIED AND WHY CAN’T THE HUMANS DIE, NOT THE PRECIOUS DOGGOS.
MAYBE WE’RE GENUINELY TOO FUSSY????
Look I want to point out that MAYBE this is the case?! Are we demanding the “perfect” book? Like, if a character does one small thing we don’t like…do we knock off stars?! Is it even fair? I’m asking myself this too! Because I’ve dropped a book’s star rating, while I sat grumbling like a dark gremlin in the deep going, “Eh I wouldn’t have done that if I’d been writing it.” But like…I’m not writing it. It’s not my brain child. So maybe it’s unfair to ask a book to read my mind instead of me enjoying reading the author’s mind? *
* Honestly…that sounds way creepier than I thought it would.
At the end of a day: you should rate a book what you want.
We’re book bloggers and bookworms here! We have opinions and there are no right vs wrong ones when it comes to books. Unless it’s my book then the only response is 10/10, c’mon now, you love me, I’m fragile and also see everything and look at me I’m so small and cute so love me properly ok. (PAUSES TO BREATHE AFTER RUN ON SENTENCE OF THE CENTURY.)
But I do wonder if life isn’t too short not to go the whole way and just give books the full 5-stars?! I’ve actually gone back and upped some of my 4-star ratings because…eh, there’s no real reason they didn’t get there. And, personally, I’d rather spread the love. Not telling everyone to do that, but if it makes me happy — why not!?
Although I still won’t give 5-stars to just anything. C’mon. It has to be like the cheesecake of cakes to get the 5-stars from me still.