Friday, August 27, 2010

It's the Friday Book Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop!  This meme is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books.  Here's a little bit about the meme from her site:




ABOUT THE HOP:


In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read! 

 This week's blogger question-

Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?

I have never used a rating system on my (almost) year old blog.  When I started out I had no idea how to even make that sort of thing happen on my blog-html is still not my friend, but at least we can tolerate each other now!

Now that I don't have one, I'm glad.  Thinking of books that way doesn't always work for me.  I guess it comes down to what the rating system actually rates.  If a rating system rates how much a person enjoys a book, and says so up front, then I can sort of get my head around that-after all, I do rate books on Goodreads that way.  But where the system starts to break down for me is rating scales that try to compare books based on literariness, if you will.  I don't care how much someone likes the Twilight series (and I devoured it just like the rest of the world did), you can't give it "five stars" or the equivalent if comparing it to books like Kite Runner or To Kill a Mockingbird.  So, no rating system for me-you'll have to read my long, sometimes rambling, sometimes ambivalent opinions in my reviews!

4 comments:

  1. I am hopping in for the blog hop. I'm a follower, too!

    Have a great weekend!

    If you have time, drop in and say hi at Manga Maniac Cafe

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  2. I'm with you. I think rating systems are limiting and you can get a better feel for a book if you read what someone has to say about it instead of looking how many stars they gave it.

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  3. Hey there! Just hopping by! If you have a chance, stop by The Wormhole and check out my 300 follower giveaway! Happy reading – have a great weekend!

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  4. Thanks for this post!

    Bill ;-)

    http://drbillsbookbazaar.blogspot.com/2010/08/back-in-saddle-again.html
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and forthcoming "The Homeplace Revisited" Spring 2011

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